Bristolian punk rock group IDLES formed in 2012 after members Joe Talbot and Adam Devonshire met at university and knew they wanted to pursue music. They joined with Mark Bowen, Lee Kiernan and Jon Beavis and finalised the line-up in 2014.
After releasing a number of singles and EPs over their course as a band, they released their debut full-length in 2017. The album, Brutalism, was a huge turning point for them and saw them reach new audiences and retain more coverage. Punk News, Drowned In Sound and The Line of Best Fit all rated it 9/10, meanwhile The Arts Desk labelled it one of their albums of the year. With lyrics that contrast from Mary Berry’s love of reggae to handling grief, Brutalism is a heavy-punk-driven journey that earned them finally gave them the recognition they deserved.
The quintet are preparing for a comeback to top it: new album Joy As An Act of Resistance. They announced on social media that the new release will be due 31st August and have recently teased fans with singles ‘Colossus’ and ‘Danny Nedelko’.
Last year they were involved in some incredibly iconic performances, including The Maccabee’s farewell shows at Alexandra Palace and supporting Foo Fighters at the O2 Arena’s 10th birthday show. They are now preparing for their own tour of O2 venues this October.idles / introducing