Last year Bristol band Idles supported Foo Fighters at their huge show at the London’s O2. It was long overdue recognition of what an intoxicatingly sensational band they are. Their debut album, Brutalism, is brilliantly brutal punk triumph, a record which tackles the current Tory rule, toxic masculinity and mental health issues.
Brutalism takes everything that makes them great and distills it into fractured pieces of raucous noise. It’s post-punk, with a beating heart and drums that reverberate through your body, but it’s still crucially human and about human flaws. As they say on their website “At a point of uncertainty, IDLES bring you concise carnage. At a time of lies, IDLES bring you honesty.” Get ready for a barrage of noise.