idles brutalism



Debut Album out Now.

Bristol’s finest post-punk polemics IDLES have been promising to do great things for some time now, and with their debut album “Brutalism” they absolutely fulfil that promise, and a furious promise at that.




Politically charged, refreshingly confrontational and infectiously volatile, IDLES are a band like no other. Bringing the unsettling reality of the world we live in into their frantic assault on the senses, they are a band that until now could only be truly understood by witnessing in a live environment - but with “Brutalism” it surely feels like they have captured the intensity of that live sound. Bottled up here are the abrasive, memorable lyrics of Joseph Talbot delivered with all of the spite and wry humour he puts across on the stage.


Dedicated in part to the loss of his mother, who adorns the record’s cover, and partly to a perceived decimation of society, from the NHS to public services across Britain, “Brutalism” is a deadly serious indictment on popular culture – Mary Berry, Trevor Nelson and Rachel Khoo are just some of the names referenced here, often alongside the unpleasant, but always amongst the real.


The release of single “Well Done” saw the band rise to no.1 on Spotify’s Viral Charts & paired with intensive radio support from Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, Steve Lamacq and regular Radio 6 play has brought them to the forefront of ones to watch. NME, CRACK, DIY and more have tipped them and the quality here suggests there will be more plaudits to come.


“IDLES are hard to capture, because they're not Fat White Family, they're not Sleaford Mods, they are very much their own incarnation of uncompromising rhythmical punk rock. Lyrically, a mixture of dry obsessional humour and poetic slogans. But, best of all, they really get the adrenalin pumping". Steve Lamacq BBC6 Music 

"A Bristol quintet who sound absolutely furious and thrilling; an inchoate cry of rage, with guitars that could raze the city" – The Guardian

"Idles are one of the most exciting British bands right now and Brutalism is proof" - The Line Of Best Fit

"Brutalism is loaded with some of the most fiery performances and brutally honest lyrics I've heard in years." - The Needle Drop

"Visceral anthems that’s timed weirdly well for this year’s madness" – NME

"A rare rock record with the rage, urgency, wit and shattering of complacency usually found only in grime." – Uncut

"Brutalism is an unhinged and severely vicious record that questions everyday conventions and isn’t afraid to attack certain taboos. The 13 track debut album is a goliath sounding record driven by a simplistic, thumping rhythm section, topped with cacophonous guitars and obtuse, thought-provoking lyrics." – CLASH

"Uncompromising post-punks building a massive fanbase across the UK." – DIY


Live Dates:

June 2017
Saturday 10th – Derby, UK – Download Festival
Tuesday 20th – London, UK – Rough Trade East
Thursday 29th – London, UK – Alexandra Palace
Friday 30th – London, UK – Alexandra Palace

July 2017
Saturday 1st – London, UK – Alexandra Palace
Saturday 15th – Suffolk, UK – Latitude Festival
Saturday 29th – Herts, UK – Standon Calling Festival

August 2017
Friday 25th – Reading, UK – Reading & Leeds Festival
Saturday 26th – Leeds, UK - Reading & Leeds Festival

September 2017
Friday 8th – Guildford, UK – Always The Sun Festival
Sunday 10th – Blackheath, UK – On Blackheath