Bristol five-piece Idles have confirmed details for their anticipated second LP – Joy as an Act of Resistance – which will be out 31st August.
Idles have also shared the album’s first single, a pro-immigration anthem entitled ‘Danny Nedelko’, which takes its name from one of the band’s close friends (and Ukrainian immigrant). The song is accompanied by a self-directed video that features Danny himself.
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. Singer Joe Talbot summarises, “This album is an attempt to be vulnerable to our audience and to encourage vulnerability; a brave naked smile in this shitty new world. We have stripped back the songs and lyrics to our bare flesh to allow each other to breathe, to celebrate our differences, and act as an ode to communities and the individuals that forge them. Because without our community, we’d be nothing.”
You can read Joe’s full statement on the album’s inspiration and origins here: partisanrecords.com/artist/Idles/
Idles are also undertaking a world tour including a date in Brighton, 27th October, at Concorde 2 which sold out within a few hours or tickets going on sale.