Bristolian alt-punks Idles have announced a UK tour in Spring 2017 and Getintothis’ Janaya Pickett is just a little bit excited.
“Everything is fucked… Here it is, our first album Brutalism out March 10th 2017. It’s a real bastard”
This was the official Idles release statement, days after the announcement of Donald Trump as president elect of the United States. And if you know anything about Idles, you know that this is not just a throwaway statement chiming in with the Facebook chorus. Idles are an uncompromisingly dissident band.
Across the board there’s once more a thirst for music that has cultural relevance, that engages in social commentary and political debate.
The post-punk sound of Idles is a grim representation of contemporary Britain with an anti-establishment and extroverted stance that’s been missing from a lot of music the past ten or so years.
As the cultural icon Leigh Bowery used to say ‘yeah, it’s alright, but where’s the poison’? The poison of course is an edge – a sardonic undertone to an artwork, a design or a piece of music that reflect the absurdities of life. Poison: Idles have oodles of the stuff.
For the past five years Idles have steadily and competently explored different sounds, their most recent singles Well Done and Divide & Conquer being a world away from their first official release Meydei, but their strength as a unit is just as apparent.
They’ve emerged into the mainstream as a fully realised entity, on a tactical mission – the next phase of which is Brutalism. They bring their ferocious live show, already the stuff of legend, to Liverpool O2 Academy March 30 2017 – it’s going to be rough, so you better get ready.
For a full tour listing click here.
The full tour details:
06-Mar-17 – Cambridge – Portland Arms
08-Mar-17 – Bristol – The Fleece
09-Mar-17 – Colchester – Arts Centre
10-Mar-17 – London – Moth Club
12-Mar-17 – Southampton – The Notes Café
14-Mar-17 – Birmingham – The Hare And Hounds
15-Mar-17 – Guildford – Boileroom
16-Mar-17 – Brighton – The Prince Albert
17-Mar-17 – Tunbridge Wells – Forum
18-Mar-17 – Bedford – Esquires
20-Mar-17 – Oxford – The Bullingdon
21-Mar-17 – Sheffield – The Plug
22-Mar-17 – Newcastle Upon Tyne – Think Tank
23-Mar-17 – Aberdeen – Tunnels
24-Mar-17 – Dundee – Buskers
25-Mar-17 – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s
27-Mar-17 – York – The Crescent
28-Mar-17 – Hull – The Adelphi
29-Mar-17 – Nottingham – The Bodega
30-Mar-17 – Liverpool – O2 Academy 2
31-Mar-17 – Wakefield – Unity Hall
03-Apr-17 – Stoke-On-Trent – The Sugarmill
04-Apr-17 – Preston – Guildhall
05-Apr-17 – Club – Clwb Ifor Bach