31st July | Rough Trade

On Brutalism, we were advised wisely on the best way to scare a Tory. One year on, Idles have upped their game yet further, the whole album coming with an advisory note on how the Resistance should proceed.

Joy is the watch-word, which may seem paradoxical, considering how profoundly fecked off Joe Talbot appears and sounds when he voids his lungs of air – temporarily, splenetically exorcising the seething disdain he possesses for life’s wronguns. No self-promoting, world-wearying shitehawk is immune. They encourage us to speak our minds, not to say the unsayable, but to say the perfectly, reasonably sayable things that we just tend not to say because we’re socially awkward Brits who don’t want to cause a fuss or generate conflict.

Trying to contain their ferocious sound in Rough Trade’s Live Room could be likened to putting a tiger in a cat box. If you were present at their in-store set to launch the Live Room in January, at Bath’s Komedia in April or at any self-respecting festival this summer, you’ll be well aware of just how much like vindaloo for the ears their performances are, with a substantial side order of socio-political argy-bhaji.

Joy As An Act Of Resistance will emerge, kicking and screaming (maybe even with some degrees of nakedness) on 31st August and Idles will be raising a decibel or two in celebration of its joyous advent on that self-same day at Rough Trade, with shows at 3pm and 7pm.

Seismology experts, air traffic control and Bristol Zoo have all been forewarned.

See the video for ‘Samaritans’ here: