After their explosive 2017, there was no way IDLES were going to slow down in 2018, and have begun the year by finishing their second album and announcing that they have signed to Partisan Records.

The label – which started in Brooklyn in 2007 – has a roster that includes the likes of Cigarettes After Sex, Deer Tick, Torres, Eagulls and John Grant, said in its statement that they were excited to be working with IDLES and that they were ‘an altogether necessary band for the times we live in’.

Singer Joe Talbot said that the decision was not one based on greed, and that the label ‘excite us and have injected ideas and passions into our camp that we would not have mustered’.

He added: “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.”

Watch the session we recorded with the band last year below: