Bristol band IDLES blew KEXP listeners away with last year's full-length Joy as an Act of Resistance. The album garnered the band a prestigious Mercury Prize nomination, a nomination for Best Breakthrough Act at the 2019 Brit Awards, and ranked them at #2 on KEXP listeners' annual Top 90.3 Countdown.
Earlier this year, they released the "Mercedes Marxist" 7" single, with its b-side "I Dream Guillotine," today's featured track. Against an ominous, relentless rhythm, vocalist Joe Talbot angrily insists "we're not fine, we're not fine, we're not fine", as he reflects on his "jaded visions of a / jaded city broken / by a jaded wealthy jettison."
The band just recently played Austin City Limits and are wrapping up some remaining North American tour dates before returning home to work on their third LP. See dates below.
10 Oct / San Francisco, CA / The Fillmore^
14 Oct / Washington, DC / 930 Club%
15 Oct / Philadelphia, PA / Union Transfer%
16 Oct / Boston, MA / Royale%
17 Oct / New York, NY / Terminal 5%
#w/ A Place To Bury Strangers
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