There are 55 dates scheduled around the world with the Bristol based band drawing up on Brighton seafront at the Concorde 2 on Saturday 27th October 2018. Gig tickets for the tour go on general release on Friday June 8th at 10am. More info HERE.
IDLES have also confirmed their second album will be called ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance.’ and will hit the streets on 31st August through Partisan Records. You can see the purchase options and pre-order details for the album HERE.
The band have also announced a lead single from the album. It is a pro-immigration anthem entitled ‘Danny Nedelko’ which takes its name from one of the band’s close friends (and Ukrainian immigrant) and you can view the self-directed video that features Danny himself HERE and buy it HERE.
Produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan and Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush), ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’ takes aim at everything from toxic masculinity, nationalism, immigration, and class inequality – all while maintaining a visceral, infectious positivity. Singer Joe Talbot summarises: “This album is an attempt to be vulnerable to our audience and to encourage vulnerability; a brave naked smile in this sh*tty new world. We have stripped back the songs and lyrics to our bare flesh to allow each other to breathe, to celebrate our differences, and act as an ode to communities and the individuals that forge them. Because without our community, we’d be nothing.” Read Joe’s full statement on the album’s inspiration and origins HERE.
Last week IDLES unleashed blistering 2-part album opener, ‘Colossus’, along with a music video that features cameos from Stone Cold Steve Austin, Fred Astaire, Evel Knievel, Jesus Christ + more. Listen/watch HERE.
IDLES self-released their debut album – ‘Brutalism’– last year. That record carried the band to #1 on Spotify’s Viral Chart, they opened for Foo Fighters at the O2, and landed on Loud & Quiet, DIY, CRACK, NME, Dork and Radio 6’s albums of the year lists among others. They’ve performed to fervent audiences at The Great Escape, Primavera, Latitude, Reading and Leeds festivals, and were one of the biggest success stories to come out of SXSW this March (“May be the best punk show of its kind I’ve ever witnessed…felt like experiencing something people will be talking about for years to come.” – Austin American Statesmen).
The ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’ tracklisting is: 1. ‘Colossus’, 2. ‘Never Fight a Man With a Perm’, 3. ‘I’m Scum’, 4. ‘Danny Nedelko’, 5. ‘Love Song’, 6. ‘June’, 7. ‘Samaritans’, 8. ‘Television’, 9. ‘Great’, 10. ‘Gram Rock’, 11. ‘Cry To Me’, 12. ‘Rottweiler’
‘Tour of Joy’ 2018 UK dates are:
16 Oct – Bristol, UK – SWX
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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