IDLES share new single ‘Great’

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

IDLES have released another new song off their much-anticipated new LP Joy as an Act of Resistance, out on 31 August via Partisan. Great is a pro-immigration black comedy (“Islam didn’t eat your hamster/change isn’t a crime”) as well as a scathing confrontation of the Brexit/Trump era. The song is accompanied by a music video which was directed by Theo Watkins.

Singer Joe Talbot says of the track: “Let us go forward with open minds and open hearts into that fuck off fire we’ve started. No blame, no hate. Just love and a blue passport.”

Joy as an Act of Resistance bluntly addresses everything from toxic masculinity, immigration, racism, nationalism and more. The band are able to channel those weighty subjects though pure positivity and even biting humor.

Earlier this month IDLES also announced an art exhibition to celebrate the release of their album. 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, with contributions from:

Orlando Weeks
Nigel Talbot
Tao Lapsley
Russell Oliver
Robin Stewart
Tom Ham
Dapper Signs
Chris Nicholls
Ed Barrett
Beth Cater

The gallery will be free entry and artwork on display available to buy, with all proceeds going to the Samaritans charity.

Great is the fourth 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 album takes aim at everything from nationalism and immigration to class inequality – all while maintaining a visceral, infectious positivity.

Singer 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.”

The band have also announced a run of live in-store dates around the album:

30 August – London, Banquet Records, 9pm
31 August – Bristol, Rough Trade, 3pm
31 August – Bristol, Rough Trade, 7pm
03 September – Portsmouth, Pie and Vinyl, 1pm
03 September – Brighton, Resident, 6.30pm
04 September – London, Rough Trade East, 7pm
05 September – Sheffield, Record Junkee, 1pm
05 September – Nottingham, Rough Trade, 7.30pm
06 September – Leeds, Crash Records, 1pm
06 September – Manchester, FOPP, 5.30pm
07 September – Cardiff, Spiller Records, 7pm