Passionate, political and darkly comedic, the first two albums from IDLES touch on everything from sexism and racism to Brexit and nationalism, to toxic masculinity.
Their music feels incredibly personal and at other times universal, wearing both its heart - and an active mind - on its sleeve. In a musical landscape that had become so safe and sanitised, IDLES are a bolt to the arm of the norm. Their second album, ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’, debuted at no.5 in the UK charts upon its release in August 2018, breaking Rough Trade’s all-time record for most pre-orders and sales in a day. The band saw not only the album’s singles but the album itself A-listed at 6 Music, and ‘Joy…’ was later crowned 6 Music’s no. 1 album of the year. They won Best Breakthrough at the Q Awards and a coveted Ivor Novello award for Best Album; were nominated for a Mercury Prize and Breakthrough Artist at the Brit Awards; performed a raucous Jools Holland debut, and saw not one, but three extensive tours sell out worldwide. The band’s as-yet-untitled third album is set for release in 2020.