Bristol, UK 5-piece IDLES have confirmed details for their anticipated sophomore LP – Joy as an Act of Resistance. will be out August 31st via Partisan Records. IDLES have also shared the album’s first single, an arena-ready pro-immigration anthem entitled “Danny Nedelko,” which takes its name from one of the band’s close friends (and Ukrainian immigrant). The song is accompanied by a self-directed video that features Danny himself, listen/watch below:
Produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan & Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah YeahYeahs, Kate Bush), Joy as an Act of Resistance. takes “aim at everything from toxic masculinity, nationalism, immigration, and class inequality – all while maintaining a visceral, infectious positivity.” Singer Joe Talbot summarizes: “This album is an attempt to be vulnerable to our audience and to encourage vulnerability; a brave naked smile in this shitty new world. We have stripped back the songs and lyrics to our bare flesh to allow each other to breathe, to celebrate our differences, and act as an ode to communities and the individuals that forge them. Because without our community, we’d be nothing.”
Read Joe’s full statement onthe album’s inspiration and origins here.
This autumn, IDLES will embark on their first ever global tour. Full dates below, general on sale begins Friday June 8th at 10am local time. More info here.
Joy as an Act of Resistance. Tracklist:
2. Never Fight a Man With a Perm
3. I’m Scum
4. Danny Nedelko
5. Love Song
10. Gram Rock
11. Cry To Me