Idles are one of the best things to come out of the West Country since cider, pasties and cream teas. The Bristolian five-piece punk band have just dropped their second album, Joy As An Act Of Resistance, and I’m completely and utterly obsessed already.
Their self released debut album Brutalism shot the band into the limelight in 2017, becoming #1 on the Spotify chart and gaining huge support from NME, Loud and Quiet, and Radio 6. A supporting gig for Foo Fighters at the O2 followed, along with being one of the greatest success stories at 2018’s SXSW.
Joy As An Act Of Resistance is a stripped back record full of raw emotion, covering everything from personal issues to politics. A personal highlight is pro-immigration anthem ‘Danny Nedelko’. I remember them playing it downtown at Boomtown 2018 in a sweaty tent and getting tingles down my spine; the atmosphere was electric and the band delivered an incredible set.
Talking about the song, singer Joe Talbot said: “I was excited by the country polarising. Truly. I thought that the Right and the Left dividing that pit of comfort would just spark some passion amongst the young and old and we’d all have some debate and fix things. I was fucking stupid; history has repeated and the marginalised have been blamed again. I wanted to just approach this fire with love, only. I will only see a brother and a sister in the eyes of an immigrant and be grateful for this island they’ve helped build and sustain and flourish.”
Idles have made the best album I’ve heard in 2018; it’s got passion, hate, humour, pop culture references, deep themes, meaningful lyrics, and of course, shouting, heavy drums, thrashing guitar and fast paced bass. I’m in love.
The band are soon to embark on a UK tour to promote the album and they’re not to be missed.
Joy As An Act Of Resistance is out now on Partisan Records