IDLES – BRUTALISM album review

I’ve been watching these with keen interest, the hype machine is in high gear and for once it’s bang on the money.

Bristol-based lads offer a refreshing blend of aggressive, melodic punk, bordering on shambolic at times, the working class southern drawl with some clever and often humorous lyrical content. Which makes a soundtrack to a Tory abused Brexit blighted Britain.

Quite frankly it’s the most exciting album I’ve heard since Blacklisters a few years ago. I’ve just blasted through their debut album and I’m about to begin my second play. Which no doubt will lead to a third play!

There’s a lot of easy comparisons in their sound (which I won’t make) the sum of it’s parts is equal something far greater and deserves to be recognised as such.

When Frank Carter went all Arctic Monkeys-esque here’s a band for us that can’t stomach the sickly sweet dredge, but still want that raw energy and passion. IDLES  arrived with a fat slab of hooky punk rock for a broken Britain. Politics and social issues often inspire great music. 2017 go see Idles on tour and find out why.

Touring tons including Newcastle…

March 2017

Monday 6th – Cambridge – Portland Arms
Wednesday 8th – Bristol – The Fleece
Thursday 9th – Colchester – Arts Centre
Friday 10th – London – Moth Club
Sunday 12th – Southampton – The Notes Café
Tuesday 14th – Birmingham – The Hare And Hounds
Wednesday 15th – Guildford – Boileroom
Thursday 16th – Brighton – The Prince Albert
Friday 17th – Tunbridge Wells – Forum
Saturday 18th – Bedford – Esquires
Monday 20th – Oxford – The Bullingdon
Tuesday 21st – Sheffield – The Plug
Wednesday 22nd – Newcastle Upon Tyne – Think Tank
Thursday 23rd – Aberdeen – Tunnels
Friday 24th – Dundee – Buskers
Saturday 25th – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s
Monday 27th – York – The Crescent
Tuesday 28th – Hull – The Adelphi
Wednesday 29th – Nottingham – The Bodega
Thursday 30th – Liverpool – O2 Academy 2
Friday 31st – Wakefield – Unity Hall

April 2017

Monday 3rd – Stoke-On-Trent – The Sugarmill
Tuesday 4th – Preston – Guildhall
Wednesday 5th – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach

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