Instagram live AMA to take place at 7PM GMT on Sat 30th Jan
“ULTRA MONO” out now on Partisan Records
#1 in the UK album chart
Today, IDLES have shared a new video for album track “Carcinogenic”. Recorded live for Independent Venue Week, the video sees each of the band members performing the track from separate venues across their hometown of Bristol including The Louisiana, Exchange, The Mother’s Ruin, The Old Duke and Trinity Centre.
Speaking about Independent Venue Week, guitarist Mark Bowen says:
“Now more than ever independent musicians and the music industry at large need to unite to keep from being decimated. Between the pandemic and a government who not only don’t care about the future of the arts (especially independence within the arts) but take a pro-active role in its diminishment, independent venues are at greatest risk because they are mostly small businesses, not interested in profit or investors but in the nourishment of creative, open-minded, critical thinking.
Independent venues are the fertile soil in which the future of the performing arts will grow. They are where your future favourite band will play, where the best song ever written will be tested out, where the new can bud and flourish.
They are also vital for a sense of community and union, something people sorely need and miss at this time, without them we’re all fucked”
IDLES – “CARCINOGENIC“
In addition to this special performance, IDLES will also be undertaking a live AMA with fans on their Instagram account to talk about the importance of venues and how crucial they were to the growth of the band. The live AMA will take place at 7PM GMT on Saturday 30th Jan.
For it’s eighth edition, this years’ Independent Venue Week (25th Jan – 31st Jan) is being held digitally with over 141 virtual events taking place across the country. Over 110 venues have signed up to take part playing host to performances, ‘In Conversation’ interviews, panel discussions with industry professionals and more. Other artists involved include the likes of Arlo Parks, Gruff Rhys, Jordan Adetunji, Amy Macdonald, Blossoms, Bombay Bicycle, Club, Chubby & The Gang, Cowgirl, Dry Cleaning, Fontaines D.C., Frank Turner, Gerry Lyons, Johnny Marr, New Pagans, Sam Smith, Simone Butler / Primal Scream, Skin, Peter Selway / Radiohead, Young Knives + more
Full schedule and tickets available HERE
Donate to Independent Venue Week HERE [INSERT LINK]
Looking ahead, IDLES are preparing to make their much-anticipated live return in the UK and Ireland with tour dates across May and June 2021, which will see them play Brixton Academy on four consecutive dates.
The tour will see the band joined by the likes Jehnny Beth, Anna Calvi, Cate le Bon, Sinead O Brien, Big Joanie, Witch Fever, Shopping and wych elm.
Dates are as follows:
Tickets are on sale now and you can purchase the new album from the band’s official store at: idlesband.com
Fans can also sign up to their mailing list for further news at: IDLES.LNK.TO/NEWS
In addition to the above live dates, IDLES will also play an almost entirely sold-out run of intimate out-store shows to take place for record stores across the country in April 2021. The dates are as follows:
12th April – Southampton, The 1865 (with Vinilo Records) – SOLD OUT
Tickets are available at: IDLES.LNK.TO/2021-
Recorded in Paris and produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire) and Adam ‘Atom’ Greenspan (Anna Calvi, Cut Copy), with Kenny Beats (FKA Twigs, DaBaby, Vince Staples) providing additional programming, “Ultra Mono” was sonically constructed to capture the feeling of a hip-hop record. Across all twelve brutally relevant tracks, the band double down on the vitriolic sneer and blunt social commentary of their past work, with themes of active presence, inclusivity, class, gender inequality, nationalism, community, and toxic masculinity remaining ever-present. ‘Ultra Mono’ also features guest vocals from Jehnny Beth (Savages), and additional guest contributions from Warren Ellis (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), David Yow, and Jamie Cullum.
If their last record – 2018’s “Joy As An Act Of Resistance” – was meant to detail IDLES’ manifesto, then “Ultra Mono” is the sound of the band heading into battle, battering ram in hand, for those tenets. The phrase “momentary acceptance of the self” serves as spiritual guide and mantra throughout, as Talbot elaborates on further in an essay printed inside the album’s physical packaging (read that HERE).
Praise for “Ultra Mono”:
“Their magnus opus… IDLES have rationalised their fury into a single giant bullethead.”
“IDLES have delivered the record of their career. It could only have come out in 2020. This is the album of this moment in time and a door to a better future.”
“It could be the most vital album we hear all 2020.”
“Louder, angrier & more political”
“for tens of thousands of people Ultra Mono is going to mean the world”
“This is a great album.”
“IDLES’ message of community & compassion is ready to reach its biggest audience yet.”
“Ultra Mono scours like bleach.”
“The band want to take you on a trip and for you to enjoy the ride, and for the destination to be serene. Hold on tight.”
“this is album of the year material, make no mistake”
“A collection of undeniably invigorating songs that will inspire and provoke and empower”
“IDLES deliver a message of strength, kindness and hope on their new release”
Album Of The Month – Songwriting – 5/5