8th April | Komedia, Bath
Photo by Josh Adam Jones
With strong whiffs of an upcoming second album brewing, IDLES are charging round Europe in a whirl of sweat and sweaty y-fronts. The Bristol post-punk outfit seem to be one of the first local bands in a fair while that are on the cusp of breaking through to international recognition. IDLES have found their footing by fighting a time of polarized politics and austerity economics.
With pushy, wisecracking lyrics reminiscent of Crass and Oi Polloi, IDLES are stoking the fires of Bristol’s anti-establishment reputation. Anarchic and intelligent in equal measure, their debut album, Brutalism, was a searing critique of life under austerity that seemed to resonate at home and overseas, allowing them to get an acclaimed showcase at SXSW under their belts. And if their recent signing to Brooklyn record label, Partisan Records (Cigarettes After Sex; Torres) is anything to go by, there’s a chance they may not be back in Europe for long.
Yet IDLES haven’t forgotten their roots. They’ll be supported at The Komedia by local band, LICE, who have signed on to IDLES frontman Joe Talbot’s own label, Balley Records. While the self-styled art-punkers will be playing with IDLES on a smattering of tour dates across Europe, this now sold-out show in Bath is sure to be one of the more memorable nights of the tour, so close to both bands’ proud hometown.
See the video to ‘Well Done’ here: