IDLES are one of the country’s most inquisitive bands, constantly questioning the realms of society and tackling society’s biggest issues. Latest single and live favourite “Samaritans” questions the imagery of traditional masculinity.
Following the release of debut album Brutalism, taking the band to the top of Spotify’s viral chart, the O2 arena and many other worldwide festivals, Idles now prepare for the release of second album Joy as an Act of Resistance. Released on August 31st on Partisan Records, it is the prime example of Idles’ musical growth over the past two years ago. Their rise has already been phenomenal and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Mixing tight, anxious guitar riffs, credible lyrics and Joe Talbot’s instantly recognisable voice, “Samaritans” is one of Idles’ best yet. Speaking of the song, Talbot says: “There’s been a long line of bullshit that has pushed men into a corner, where simple masking becomes a trope of masculinity and a catalyst for insanity. I truly believe that masculinity has gone from an evolution of cultural praxis to a disease. I wanted to encourage a conversation about gender roles by writing this song.”
“Samaritans” is the third song to be released from the Bristol formed bands upcoming album Joy as an Act of Resistance. In the wake of political instability and more, the album takes aim at a whole host of relevant issues. It also attempts to emphasise vulnerability, even encouraging it at times.
This autumn sees the band hit stages in numerous continents in their first ever world tour. Their biggest London headline to date takes them to O2 Kentish Town Forum in October. The full dates can be found below.
If “Samaritans” is anything to go by, Joy as an Act of Resistance may become one of the most celebrated, impressive albums of 2018!
UK dates include:
16 Oct – Bristol, UK – SWX
17 Oct – London, UK – Roundhouse *
18 Oct – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
19 Oct – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
20 Oct – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
23 Oct – Newcastle, UK – Riverside
24 Oct – Leeds, UK – Leeds University Stylus
25 Oct – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
26 Oct – Birmingham, UK – Institute
27 Oct – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
29 Oct – Oxford, UK – O2 Academy
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