Joy as an Act Of Resistance.
Out August 31st on Partisan Records
Bristol 5-piece IDLES (“the UK’s best punk band” – The Guardian) have confirmed details for their highly anticipated second LP – ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’ will be out August 31st via Partisan Records.
Produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan & Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush), ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’ takes aim at everything from toxic masculinity, nationalism, immigration, and class inequality – all while maintaining a visceral, infectious positivity.
IDLES self-released their debut album – ‘Brutalism‘ – last year. That record carried the band to #1 on Spotify’s Viral Chart, they opened for Foo Fighters at the O2, and landed on Loud & Quiet, DIY, CRACK, NME, Dork and Radio 6’s albums of the year lists among others. They’ve performed to fervent audiences at Primavera, Latitude, Reading and Leeds festivals, and were one of the biggest success stories to come out of SXSW this March (“May be the best punk show of its kind I’ve ever witnessed…felt like experiencing something people will be talking about for years to come.” – Austin American Statesmen).
The Brief by Joe Talbot:
‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance.’ is a parade.
It’s a parade of laughing at the funeral, of listening to the bastards, of phlegm on the mirror.
It’s a parade of my Grandfather’s wit, it is all the shit haircuts I’ve ever had.
It is a parade of naivety, of a warm embrace, it is Young Thug’s dress.
It’s the parade of being carried through the grim dark.
It’s a parade of laughing at yourself. It is love. It is loving yourself.
It is a parade of Tony Benn’s smile.
It is Idles, for now. It’s the beautiful smell of immigrant food.
It is a parade of vulnerability. It is Ilie Nastase.
It’s a parade of being at your worst. It is our best, for now.
It is our thank you. It is our sorry.
It is a parade without fluff but with a ton of glitter and violence.
It is a parade of what I truly miss and what I truly have.
It is a parade of the second album. It is us cutting its fucking head off.
It is a parade of joy in the face of all we don’t want and all we fear.
It is a parade of you.
Please let me know if you would like frontman Joe Talbot’s full statement on the theme / background to the record.
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