IDLES' music is on the one hand incredibly personal and on the other hand universal, it shows heart and mind. The first two IDLES albums were already passionate, political and darkly funny. They touched on everything from sexism and racism to Brexit and nationalism and toxic masculinity. They polarize because some people simply misunderstand them. But the fans know what is meant.
Over the last few years, IDLES have built a growing fan base around the world. This path was paved by high-energy live shows as well as five EPs and four albums. Each of these aspects deserves a mention in its own right. Their intense live shows are characterized by the irony of the band members, their uninhibited interaction with themselves and the audience, as well as the show they deliver with their outfits, gestures and playing.
Their releases include the raw debut "Brutalism", followed by "Joy As An Act Of Resistance", which gave the band another boost in the UK music scene and paved the way for the colossal "Ultra Mono", which was their first number one album was released in the UK. Finally, they released "Crawler," with its intense urgency, new sound, and more melodic and introspective songs, which earned the band their first Grammy Award nomination. They are currently working on new material that will build on their previous successes.
Although it's been mentioned many times, they always emphasize that they don't want to be seen as a pure punk band. In their discography, the Bristol quintet has shown continuous musical and personal development. By embracing their life stories and the pain that comes with them, the band, particularly singer Joe Talbot, has found space for growth, healing and development. IDLES are a political band that connect their personal experiences with the state of their country.
IDLES go on tour in March, and it's an opportunity to be swept away by their thrilling live performances. Those who have already seen them live know what to expect and will definitely be there.