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‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’ is a parade.
It is a parade of laughing at the funeral, of listening to the bastards, of phlegm on the mirror.
It is a parade of my Grandfather’s wit, it is all the shit haircuts I’ve ever had.
It is a parade of naivety, of a warm embrace, it is Young Thug’s dress.
It is the parade of being carried through the grim dark.
It is a parade of laughing at yourself. It is love. It is loving yourself.
It is a parade of Tony Benn’s smile.
It is IDLES, for now. It is the beautiful smell of immigrant food.
It is a parade of vulnerability. It is Ilie Nastase
It is a parade of being at your worst. It is our best, for now.
It is our thank you. It is our sorry.
It is a parade without fluff but with a ton of glitter and violence.
It is a parade of what I truly miss and what I truly have.
It is a parade of the second album. It is us cutting its fucking head off.
It is a parade of joy in the face of all we don’t want and all we fear.
It is a parade of you.
(Joe Talbot, IDLES)
Bristol, UK 5-piece IDLES (aka “the UK’s best punk band” – The Guardian) have confirmed details for their anticipated sophomore LP – ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’ will be out August 31st via Partisan Records. IDLES have also shared the album’s first single, an arena-ready 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, listen/watch here: http://idles.lnk.to/danny
Produced by Spacend mixed by Adam Greenspan & Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush), ‘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 summarizes: “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.”
Last week IDLES unleashedlistering 2-part album opener, “Colossus,” along with a music video that features cameos from Stone Cold Steve Austin, Fred Astaire, Evel Knievel, Jesus Christ + more. Listen/watch here: https://IDLES.lnk.to/colossus
‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’
2. Never Fight a Man With a Perm
3. I’m Scum
4. Danny Nedelko
5. Love Song
10. Gram Rock
11. Cry To Me