Idles (band)

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Idles - Haldern Pop Festival 2017 - Alexander Kellner - 8.jpg
Idles at Haldern Pop Festival 2017
Background information
Origin Bristol, England
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Labels Balley, Partisan
  • Joe Talbot
  • Adam Devonshire
  • Mark Bowen
  • Lee Kiernan
  • Jon Beavis
Past members
  • Andy S.

Idles, stylised as IDLES, are an English punk rock band formed in Bristol in 2011. Their debut album, Brutalism, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, as was their second album Joy as an Act of Resistance in 2018.


Idles have their roots in the Bat-Cave Night Club in Bristol, run by singer Joe Talbot and bassist Adam Devonshire, who met while at College in Exeter, eventually deciding to start a band.[4] According to Talbot, "It took us a long time to get productive because we didn’t know what the fuck we were doing at all, we were fucking terrible for a long time." The band's first release was the Welcome EP in 2012. By 2014 the band comprised Talbot, Devonshire, guitarists Mark Bowen and Lee Kiernan, and drummer Jon Beavis.[5] They released a second EP, Meat, and Meta, an EP of remixes, in 2015, and then started writing songs for their debut album.[4]

After the 2016 singles, "Well Done" and "Divide & Conquer". The band released their first album in March of 2017, Brutalism, to critical acclaim.[4][6][7] DIY magazine, gave it 4 stars, calling it "An exhilarating escape along frenzied rhythms and powerhouse rhythms with a ferocious commentary for vital as it is volatile."[8] The Line of Best Fit website gave it 9/10, calling Idles "one of the most exciting British bands right now".[9] It got 8/10 from PopMatters, with Ian King calling it "bracing, caustic, and relentless".[10] Uncut gave it a similarly positive review, calling it "A rare rock record with the rage, urgency, wit and shattering of complacency usually found in grime."[11] Talbot's mother died after a long illness while the band was working on the album, and is pictured on the cover, along with a sculpture by Talbot and his father.[5] Her death gave Talbot and the band a new focus.[5] They toured to support Brutalism, and supported The Maccabees on the London shows of their farewell tour,[12] as well as supporting the Foo Fighters for the O2 Arena's 10th Birthday. After several festival appearances throughout Europe, they began working on their second album, Joy as an Act of Resistance, which was released on 31 August 2018.[5][13][14] Accompanying the release of Joy as an Act of Resistance, the group created an exhibition in collaboration with HM Electric Gallery in London, taking place 30 and 31 of August 2018.[15]

Often described as post-punk, Talbot rejects the label, saying in June of 2017 "We're not a post punk band. I guess we have that motorik, engine-like drive in the rhythm section that some post punk bands have but we have plenty of songs that aren't like that at all."[5]



Physical singles, EPs[edit]

  • Welcome (2012), Fear Of Fiction
  • Meat (2015), Balley
  • Meta EP (2015), Balley
  • Meat // Anguish EP (2016), Harmacy
  • "Well Done" (2017), Balley
  • "Divide & Conquer" (2017), Balley
  • "Mother" (2017), Balley

Download-only tracks/singles[edit]

  • "Stendhal Syndrome" (2017), Balley
  • "Rachel Khoo" (2017), Balley
  • "Colossus" (2018), Partisan
  • "Danny Nedelko" (2018), Partisan
  • "Samaritans" (2018), Partisan
  • "Great" (2018), Partisan


  1. ^ Beaumont, Mark (6 April 2017). "Post-Brexit punk and austerity anthems - 2017's political rock resurgence". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  2. ^ "About". IDLES met as a quintet at the death of the indie scene in Bristol and began making visceral and sometimes unlistenable post-punk to a growing crowd.
  3. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times.
  4. ^ a b c Hamilton, Joe (2017) "Brute Force: The Contrary World Of IDLES", Clash, 15 March 2017. Retrieved 8 July 2017
  5. ^ a b c d e Murray, Eoin (2017) "Stendhal Syndrome: Idles Interviewed", The Quietus, 29 June 2017. Retrieved 8 July 2017
  6. ^ Smith, Thomas (2016) "New Music Of The Day: IDLES Namecheck Mary Berry On Punk Anthem ‘Well Done’", NME, 30 September 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2017
  7. ^ Murray, Robin (2016) "Premiere: IDLES - 'Divide And Conquer'", Clash, 31 August 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2017
  8. ^ Goodman, Jessica (2017) "Idles - Brutalism", DIY. Retrieved 8 July 2017
  9. ^ Day, Laurence (2017) "Idles are one of the most exciting British bands right now", Line of Best Fit, 16 March 2017. Retrieved 8 July 2017
  10. ^ King, Ian (2017) "Idles Brutalism", PopMatters, 10 March 2017. Retrieved 8 July 2017
  11. ^ "Idles - Brutalism", Uncut, April 2017, p. 32
  12. ^ Yates, Jonathan (2017) "Everything you need to know about The Maccabees farewell shows at Alexandra Palace",, 28 June 2017. Retrieved 8 July 2017
  13. ^ Beauvallet, JD, (2017) "Des Idles aux Parcels : une deuxième soirée tout en contrastes aux Eurockéennes", Les Inrocks, 8 July 2017. Retrieved 8 July 2017
  14. ^ Jones, Craig (2017) "Idles at Download Festival 2017: Punk band take aim at The Sun during riotous set", Birmingham Mail, 10 June 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017
  15. ^ IDLES (31 July 2018). "Joy as an Act of Resistance Exhibition" – via YouTube.

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