IDLES take on toxic masculinity in new track ‘Samaritans’

Credit: Tom Ham

Taken off their new record Joy As An Act Of Resistance, which is out on 31 August via Partisan Records. 

IDLES have shared a searing takedown of toxic masculinity in the shape of new track Samaritans. A live favourite for sometime, the Theo Watkins directed music video compiles archival clips displaying traditional masculine imagery.

Speaking of the song’s message, front man Joe Talbot says: “There’s been a long line of bullshit that has pushed men into a corner, 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.”

Samaritans is the third song to be released from IDLES’s much-anticipated upcoming album Joy As An Act Of Resistance. Produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan & Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush), the record takes aim at everything from nationalism and immigration to class inequality – all while maintaining a visceral, infectious positivity. Joe Talbot summarises: “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.”

This autumn, IDLES will embark on their first ever global tour, including their biggest London headliner yet at O2 Forum Kentish Town on 18 October. Their last London headliner, at Heaven, sold out nearly six months in front.

Catch IDLES live in the UK:
16 October – SWX, Bristol
17 October – Roundhouse, London
18 October – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
19 October – O2 Ritz, Manchester
20 October – O2 ABC, Glasgow
23 October – Riverside, Newcastle
24 October – Leeds University Stylus, Leeds
25 October – Rock City, Nottingham
26 October – Institute, Birmingham
27 October – Concorde 2, Brighton
29 October – O2 Academy, Oxford