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 put across on the stage.
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 course of the year and that momentum continued with the release of their acclaimed album "Brutalism".
The band have won legions of fans including in the shape of the Foo Fighters and The Maccabees who have they have supported at the 02 and Alexandra Palace respectively.
Steve Lamacq, BBC 6Music
"A Bristol quintet who sound absolutely furious and thrilling; an inchoate cry of rage, with guitars that could raze the city"