At a point of uncertainty, IDLES bring you concise carnage. At a time of lies, IDLES bring you honesty. At a time of  body shaming and Photoshop, IDLES bring you a visceral barrage of joyous bile. At a time of The Kardashians, IDLES bring you a story of working hard for what and who you love.

In a time of polarised politics and murky waters; IDLES and bands like them are needed to remind people that it’s ok to dance and laugh and sing in the face of adversity.

Bristol’s finest post – punk polemics IDLES have been promising to do great things for some time now, and with their debut album “Brutalism” they absolutely fulfil that promise, and a furious promise at that.

Politically charged, refreshingly confrontational and infectiously volatile, IDLES are a band like no other. Bringing the unsettling reality of the world we live in into their frantic assault on the senses, they are a band that until now could only be truly understood by witnessing in a live environment but with “Brutalism” it surely feels like they have captured the intensity of that live sound. Bottled up here are the abrasive, memorable lyrics of Joseph Talbot delivered with all of the spite and wry humour he puts across on the stage.

Dedicated in part to the loss of his mother, who adorns the record’s cover, and partly to a perceived decimation of society, from the NHS to public services across Britain,  “Brutalism” is a deadly serious indictment on popular culture – Mary Berry, Trevor Nelson and Rachel Khoo are just some of the names referenced here, often alongside the unpleasant, but always amongst the real.

The November 2016 release of single “Well Done” saw the band rise to no.1 on Spotify’s Viral Charts & paired with intensive radio support from Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, Steve Lamacq and regular Radio 6 play has brought them to the forefront of ones to watch. NME, CRACK, DIY and more have tipped them over the festive period and the quality here suggests there will be more plaudits to come when the album reaches the shops in March.

From the propulsive opener, “Heel / Heal”, and many highlights (“Well Done”, “Mother”, “Date Night”, “1049 Gotho”, “Stendahl Syndrome” just some) to the rare respite of the closer “Slow Savage”, the album marks the arrival of a true British talent – and in a musical world that can seem increasingly benign, one with so much to say


8th – Komedia, Bath

9th – The Hub, Plymouth

11th – Chinnerys, Southend

12th – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate

13th – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

14th – Coventry Central Library, Coventry

15th – Bootleg Social, Blackpool

17th – G2, Glasgow

18th – Gorilla, Manchester

19th – Heaven, London

28th – Are You Listening? Festival, Reading


5th – Live At Leeds, Leeds

5th – Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool

6th – Handmade Festival, Leicester

26th – Bearded Theory, Walton Upon Trent


12th – Ironworks, Inverness (W/ Future Islands)

13th – The Tunnels, Aberdeen

14th – Usher Hall, Edinburgh (W/ Future Islands)

15th – Greenock Town Hall, Greenock (W/ Future Islands)

17th – Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin (W/ Future Islands)


15th – Latitude Festival, Suffolk


1st – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

2nd – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool

3rd – Bestival, Lulworth

4th – Visions Festival, London

9th – Boomtown Fair, Winchester


1st – Electric Fields, Dumfries & Galloway

2nd – End of the Road Festival, Salisbury


IDLES are hard to capture, because they’re not Fat White Family, they’re not Sleaford Mods, they are very much their own incarnation of uncompromising rhythmical punk rock. Lyrically, a mixture of dry obsessional humour and poetic slogans. But, best of all, they really get the adrenalin pumping”. – Steve Lamacq BBC6 Music


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