They’re back, and they’re ready to change our world!
Beginning in much the same way as The Wyldes did, hardcore truth-seekers IDLES began their vagabondage to indie-stardom by establishing Bristol night club ‘Batcave’, through which the band developed a passionate local following when they formed and gigged regularly there in 2009. They saw a steady incline in popularity over the following years, with self-produced records passed among fans and into the hands of music journalists hungry for IDLES’ raw, ragefully honest sound. As UK music press became increasingly fervent, IDLES released their debut full-length album ‘Brutalism’ in 2017 to high acclaim. Extensive live touring sealed the group’s solid standing as up-and-coming festival favourites. With IDLES’ audiences growing, it became evident that there was an unprecedentedly widespread appetite for their raucous, often politically charged live performances. The band continued to write new material, producing another three records in as many years, in a prolific and hugely successful new era of music which ricocheted them into the rock hall of fame.
IDLES latest releases have kept the same rebellious spirit and cutting social commentary, whilst incorporating more dynamic arrangements, soul and electronic influences, and including collaborations with the likes of Jehnny Beth (of Savages), Warren Ellis (of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) and Metallica. IDLES’ albums and live performances have collected awards and GRAMMY nominations in recent years, and 2022 saw a five-year anniversary re-release of ‘Brutalism’, with additional live tracks from their performance at Glastonbury.
IDLES’ upcoming album ‘TANGK’, due to be released in February 2024, promises more of their trademark attitude, with a new focus on love, joy and gratitude. In a vow to themselves and their listeners to keep fighting for truth and to continue uplifting the world in hard times, ‘TANGK’ is jam-packed with emotion in a way IDLES fans won’t have heard before. Their 2024 tour is expected to showcase the most heartfelt, earth-shifting live performances that IDLES have given to date, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.