Bristol post-punk band IDLES are becoming essential listening with every release and they have just announced an art exhibition to celebrate the release of their second album Joy as an Act of Resistance.
Open for two days, between 12pm and 8pm, and curated by the band, the exhibition will take place at:
HM Electrics Gallery, 65 Nile St. London N1 7RD
The gallery will contain 18 pieces of work across several mediums, will be free entry and artwork on display available to buy, with all proceeds going to the Samaritans charity.
The band have also announced a run of live in-store dates around the album:
30 Aug UK London, Banquet Records, 9pm https://IDLES.lnk.to/banquet 31 Aug UK Bristol, Rough Trade, 3pm – https://IDLES.lnk.to/RTbristol-3pm 31 Aug UK Bristol, Rough Trade, 7.30pm – https://IDLES.lnk.to/RTbristol-730pm 03 Sep UK Portsmouth, Pie and Vinyl, 1pm – https://IDLES.lnk.to/pieandvinyl 03 Sep UK Brighton, Resident, 6.30pm – : https://IDLES.lnk.to/resident 04 Sep UK London, Rough Trade East, 7pm – https://IDLES.lnk.to/RTeast 05 Sep UK Sheffield, Record Junkee, 1pm – https://IDLES.lnk.to/recordjunkee 05 Sep UK Nottingham, Rough Trade, 7.30pm – : https://IDLES.lnk.to/RTnottingham 06 Sep UK Leeds, Crash Records, 1pm – https://IDLES.lnk.to/crash 06 Sep UK Manchester, FOPP, 5.30pm 07 Sep UK Cardiff, Spiller Records, 7pm – https://IDLES.lnk.to/spillers
Recent release “Samaritans” continues the impressive set of teasers from their forthcoming album, highlighting the concept of masculinity in the modern age and is probably the most like the songs from their previous album Brutalism.
“There’s been a long line of bullshit that has pushed men into a corner,” says singer Joe Talbot. “Where simple masking becomes a trope of masculinity and a catalyst for insanity. What we wear, what we eat, what razor we use, high performance chewing gum, go faster shampoo, how we treat women, how we treat ourselves, how we die. I truly believe that masculinity has gone from an evolution of cultural praxis to a disease. I wanted to encourage a conversation about gender roles by writing this song.”
Their uplifting pro-immigration anthem “Danny Nedelko” and building brooding epic “Colossus” are also on the album which is due out on 31 August – pre-order here