Lingua disponibile: ingleseA self-proclaimed "angry band" from Bristol in Southwest England, Idles take the fury of punk rock and wed it to a muscular but moody instrumental attack that matches the literate, purposeful menace of their lyrics. The band existed in relative obscurity for several years while they were finding their sound, but that all changed upon the release of their debut album, Brutalism, which catapulted them into the public eye. Idles were formed in 2010 by vocalist Joe Talbot, lead guitarist Mark Bowen, rhythm guitarist Andy S, bassist Adam Devonshire, and drummer Jon Beavis. Eager to take their music to an audience, Idles established a club night in Bristol they called Batcave, and through live work they developed a passionate local following. After distributing a home-made demo among fans, Idles released their four-track debut EP, Welcome, in August 2012. The EP quickly earned positive press, but with Idles self-financing their own recordings, it wasn't until October 2015 that they released their follow-up, Meat, another four-track EP. A month later, Meat was followed by Meta, which featured remixes of the tracks from Meat by David Pajo, Peter Robertson, Sly One, and Thom Alt J. By the time Meat had been released, Andy S had left Idles, and Lee Kiernan had taken over on guitar. As the U.K. music press became increasingly enthusiastic about Idles, the band released a single in August 2016, "Divide & Conquer," a bitter critique of the budget cuts that had crippled the U.K.'s National Health Service. They also announced that the song was the first track from their upcoming full-length debut album, Brutalism, which arrived in early 2017 on Balley Records and received widespread acclaim. Many noted that the refreshing, ferocious heaviness of the album, with its brilliantly satirical lyrics, was a welcome sound in the arguably imitable alternative scene. Using the momentum gained from the release of their debut, the group toured extensively and continued to write new material throughout 2017; they re-entered the studio in January 2018 to begin recording their follow-up. The second album arrived after slight delays; Talbot experienced more personal tragedy and conversely gave up drinking. In reaction to those events, the themes of 2018's Joy as an Act of Resistance shifted focus to communities and supportive ideals, although it still found time to take shots at the failings of U.K. society. Idles returned in May 2019 with the single "Mercedes Marxist," later the same year releasing their debut live album, Beautiful Thing: Live at Le Bataclan. It wasn't long before a third album was on the way, continuing thier prolific streak of a record a year; Ultra Mono arrived in 2020 and featured guest artists for the first time, including Jehnny Beth, -- with whom Talbot appeared on her 2020 album, To Love Is to Live -- Warren Ellis, and Jamie Cullum.
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Ormai sta diventando una consuetudine: a fine estate arriva un nuovo album degli Idles: Ultra Mono. Dopo il brutale Brutalism, nell’autunno del 2018 il quintetto punk guidato da Joe Talbot ha sfornato l’acclamato Joy As An Act Of Resistance, che li ha portati in cima alle classifiche e che li ha fatti eleggere "miglior gruppo punk d’Inghilterra" dal Guardian. Elogi e punk non vanno a braccetto, e infatti la band ha ricevuto anche tante ostilità. Jason Williamson dei radicali Sleaford Mods, sostenuto dai Fat White Family, li ha accusati di essersi appropriati dei temi cari alla working class. Accusa a cui Talbot ha risposto dicendo di essere mosso dalle sue convinzioni interiori. A torto o a ragione, con Ultra Mono, gli inglesi hanno colpito duramente nel segno. Ultra breve, ultra forte, ultra violento, ultra veloce, ultra tutto, l’album regala al genere i suoi migliori superlativi. E da War, brano d’apertura, la pressione sale in un crescendo con questo coro: “Whaching! That’s the sound of the sword going in!” che urla su dei tamburi marziali. Linee di basso magistrali (Anxiety, Reigns), chitarre ruvidissime che deflagrano in un post-punk radicale, che a volte lasciano il posto alla tregua (Kill Them With Kindness con Jamie Cullum e David Yow dei Jesus Lizard, Carcinogenic) e a un rock più morbido (Model Village, Ne touche pas moi con Jehnny Beth), evitando di fossilizzarsi su brani sempre solo pesanti. Continuando la sua prosa sui mali che divorano l’Albione, spargendo parole sull’immigrazione e sul patriarcato, Talbot invoca un fronte comune, e sceglie l’amore come epilogo (“Fuck You, I’m A Lover, I’m A Lover, I’m a Soul singer”). Senza possibilità di dibattito, gli Idles offrono la loro migliore proposta. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz