In two weeks time, Bristol punks IDLES will head to the Komedia in Bath to embark on their headline tour of the UK. Since announcing the tour last month, nine of the eleven dates have sold out, with the remaining two promising to sell out very soon, which, to be perfectly honest, is not entirely surprising.
After the release of 2017’s Brutalism, IDLES’ blistering combo of thrashing guitars intertwined with the howling vocals of lead singer, Joe Talbot, has launched them into the stratosphere of British alternative music. Their polarising politicism and cutting sarcasm has marked them out as one of the mouthpieces of the disaffected youth; a vessel by which the raw fury at post-truth, Brexit Britain can be released, amongst a cacophony of searing guitars and righteous rage.
Following Brutalism, IDLES have been rather busy indeed. They’ve spent most of March touring out in America, involving a rip-roaring run through Austin, Texas for SXSW, leaving a trail of sweaty circle pits and bruised bodies through the local bars. Their final show of SXSW found them featuring on the same bill as up-and-comers Starcrawler and LIFE, as well as established Canadian post-punks METZ.
However, all of this is just preamble to the tour, keeping the band fresh for what promises to be a rough ‘n rowdy romp through Britain, ending with a solitary date in Paris. This tour comes hot off the band announcing their signing to Partisan Records and the finishing of their second album, meaning new material may be heard live for the first time in the UK over the coming weeks.
They take with them time-shifters, LICE, whose outright bizarre manipulation of time combined with crashing drums and furious riffs make them a support that simply cannot be missed.
The few remaining tickets for the ‘Unity Tour’ can be found at www.idlesband.com from £14.30.
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Words by Oliver Hopkins.
Images courtesy of band PR and credit to Lindsay Melbourne.