Release Date: Mar 10, 2017
Record label: N/A
Their MEAT EP saw a gang of snarling, foaming-at-the-mouth brutes amped up on adrenaline and rage and Buckfast - but it's not pointless angst, not by a long shot. It has never been about waving a fist against nowt in particular; Idles have always focused fury into a needly point that burrows under your skin and leaves a permanent mark... and they've done it with a rampant glee.
Having earned themselves a fair amount of notoriety with their blistering energy and Great British Bake Off-bashing lyrics, IDLES have already cemented themselves as a force to be reckoned with. With the release of their debut full-length, the Bristol outfit are giving 2017 the kick up the arse it desperately needs. “How many optimists does it take to change a lightbulb?” Joseph Talbot challenges on ‘White Privilege’.
The other day on his BBC Radio 6 program, mainstay DJ Steve Lamacq had Bristol band Idles in the studio, and at the end of the interview, he remarked that they were a band that has come along at the right time. Lamacq didn't elaborate on what exactly he meant by that, but his sentiment was honest. Most likely he wasn't talking about Idles being in a prime position to capitalize on trends, as abrasive punk isn't generally a lucrative business these days.