IDLES FINISH RECORDING SECOND ALBUM
ANNOUNCE SIGNING TO PARTISAN RECORDS
Pic: Lindsay Melbourne)
Following the announcement of their signing to Partisan Records, ahead of their highly anticipated second album, Bristol’s IDLES have now announced a string of new UK tour dates in April.
The dates are as follows:
SUN 08 APRIL – BATH, KOMEDIA*
MON 09 APRIL – PLYMOUTH, THEHUB*
WED 11 APRIL – SOUTHEND, CHINNERY’S*
THU 12 APRIL – RAMSGATE, MUSIC HALL*
FRI 13 APRIL – MILTON KEYNES, THE CRAUFURD ARMS*
SAT 14 APRIL – COVENTRY, CENTRALLIBRARY
SUN 15 APRIL – BLACKPOOL, BOOTLEG SOCIAL*
TUE 17 APRIL – GLASGOW, G2 (SOLD OUT)*
WED 18 APRIL – MANCHESTER, GORILLA (SOLD OUT)*
THU 19 APRIL – LONDON, HEAVEN (SOLD OUT)*
FRI 20 APRIL – PARIS, LA TRABENDO*
* = Support from LICE
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Selected recent press for IDLES and “Brutalism”:
A Bristol quintet who sound absolutely furious and thrilling; an inchoate cry of rage, with guitars that could raze the city – The Guardian
IDLES might just be the best live guitar band in Europe – The Quietus
A rare rock record with the rage, urgency, wit and shattering of complacency usually found only in grime. – Uncut
Having started the year as virtual unknowns, IDLES end it as one of the most important bands in the country. – DIY
You need them in your life right now – Kerrang!
IDLES are one of the most exciting British bands right now and Brutalism is proof – The Line Of Best Fit
Brutalism is loaded with some of the most fiery performances and brutally honest lyrics I’ve heard in years. – The Needle Drop
Visceral anthems that’s timed weirdly well for this year’s madness – NME
Sharp charisma and cathartic vulnerability. – Dork
Party garage that sounds like a cross between Sauna Youth and Jay Reatard – The i
Brutalism presents a new assertive punk that’s as witty as it is savage and valiant. – Upset
The band are impossibly tight, offering an onslaught that pitches itself somewhere alongside the sensory overload of Girl Band or Hookworms. Savage, frantic but surprisingly minimalist. – Loud & Quiet
IDLES are probably the most relevant band in Britain right now – Drowned In Sound
Brutalism is bracing, caustic, and relentless – Pop Matters
Belligerent, angry and brimming with socio-political commentary, a brutal, in-your-face indictment of, well, pretty much everything. – Team Rock
Brutalism is an unhinged and severely vicious record that questions everyday conventions and isn’t afraid to attack certain taboos. The 13 track debut album is a goliath sounding record driven by a simplistic, thumping rhythm section, topped with cacophonous guitars and obtuse, thought-provoking lyrics. – CLASH
The group excel at playing an acerbic brand of blistering and attitude-laden rock that we firmly enjoy. – London In Stereo
One of the best live bands out there – CRACK
Righteously annoyed noise – on the up – Total Guitar
Sheer bleak beauty – Louder Than War
After a landmark 2017 for the band, Bristol’s IDLES are proud to begin 2018 with the news that they have finished recording their second album and with the announcement that they have signed to Partisan Records.
“IDLES have signed to Partisan Records. This is not a decision based on greed. They excite us and have injected ideas and passions into our camp that we would not have mustered. We as a family have realised our limitations in as far as the ship we have built with you all is becoming too much for the team we have to achieve the best of our abilities. It was time to admit a necessity for help but we needed that to come in the form of trusted, earnest and like-minded people who were as passionate about our art and you people as we were: Partisan Records are the partners we were looking for. We haven’t been given a huge wedge of cash but instead a huge wedge of confidence that we are in safe hands and make no mistake, we are not going to stop working fucking hard for you and ourselves.”
Joe Talbot, IDLES
Partisan Records was co-founded in Brooklyn in 2007 by Tim Putnam and Ian Wheeler and now has offices in New York, London and LA. They have previously worked with the likes of Cigarettes After Sex, Deer Tick, Torres, Eagulls and John Grant.
“We’re very excited to welcome IDLES to our roster. They are an altogether necessary band for the times we live in and we are honoured to have been trusted as their chosen partners. As Joe says: All Is Love!”
Tim Putnam, Partisan Records
IDLES have also announced their first headlining dates in US & Canada for March:
Fri March 9 – Brooklyn NY @ Ceremony
Sat March 10 – Brooklyn NY @ Flowers For All Occasions
Sun March 11 – Philadelphia PA @ PhilaMOCA
Tue March 20 – Toronto ON @ Smiling Buddha
They will also be playing SXSW.
Last year’s “Brutalism” LP received considerable attention on its release and this alongside their incendiary live shows has garnered them a enviable and ever-growing fan base. Jeremy Vine is among their admirers, they were in Loud & Quiet, CRACK, NME and Radio 6’s albums of the year, they were 33-1 for the Mercury Prize at Ladbrokes ahead of announcement and they had the biggest crowd of the whole weekend on The Lake Stage at Latitude where they also performed a secret set for the BBC, also rammed, directly after at the Introducing stage. By the time of Reading & Leeds, they were a must see band and both tents were full for their performances.
As well as their own headlining tour, the band performed dates with Dead Kennedys, DIIV, were The Maccabees special guests at all three of their final shows at Alexandra Palace and were hand-picked by Foo Fighters to support them at their massive O2 shows in September.
They’ve not been hurt by a succession of brilliant, self-directed music videos either. Take a watch of their recent video for “Mother”, where front man Joe Talbot proceeds to destroy a table full of china, piece by piece: