IDLES Release “Great”

IDLES have shared a new song off their upcoming LP ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance,’ out 8/31 via Partisan. “Great” is a pro-immigration black comedy (“Islam didn’t eat your hamster/change isn’t a crime”) as well as a scathing confrontation of the Brexit/Trump era. The song’s accompanied by a music video (dir. by Theo Watkins), listen + watch

Singer Joe Talbot says of the track: “Let us go forward with open minds and open hearts into that fuck off fire we’ve started. No blame, no hate. Just love.

‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’ bluntly addresses everything from toxic masculinity, immigration, racism, nationalism + more. The band are able to channel those weighty subjects though pure positivity and even biting humor. Stereogum praised, “IDLES seem to be the sort of band who transcend corniness by virtue of conviction and intensity. In their hands, clichés are more like blunt weapons.

IDLES are on the cover of this month’s DIY Magazine, and will soon launch their first ever North American headline tour. Full routing here:

IDLES 2018 North American Tour:
Sep 14 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Sep 16 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
Sep 17 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Sep 18 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
Sep 20 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Sep 22 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg *SOLD OUT
Sep 24 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
Sep 25 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Sep 27 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Sep 28 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
Sep 29 – St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill Duck Room
Oct 1 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Oct 4 – Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre
Oct 5 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Oct 6 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern *SOLD OUT
Oct 8 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Oct 10 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom

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