Posted on April 04, 2019

At IDLES sold-out shows across the world, an ever-increasing fan base sing along to the band’s songs of frustration and personal disaster. IDLES are mastering the art of turning the bad into good by creating powerful music with messages of defiance and positivity.

The Bristol five-piece, formed by Joe Talbot, Adam Devonshire, Mark Bowen, Lee Kiernan and Jon Beavis, started to work together since 2009. IDLES have their roots in the Bat-Cave Night Club in Bristol, run by singer Joe Talbot and bassist Adam Devonshire, who met while at university in Exeter, eventually deciding to start a band.

IDLES debut ‘Brutalism’ was self-released with no label behind them. By the end of 2017, the album had risen to the top of almost every end-of-year list, the band selling out every tour months in advance.

2018 is the year of ‘Joy As An Act of Resistance’. If ‘Brutalism’ is the opening chapter of a conversation of real importance, IDLES’ second album is an instant classic and an honest conversation on defiance, love, grief, self-loathing and a realisation that life’s better played honest. With ‘Joy As An Act of Resistance’ the band secured a Q Award for best Breakthrough Act of 2018, were nominated for Best Breakthrough Act at the 2019 Brit Awards and continue to sell out dates on a seemingly never-ending world tour.


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