Bristol post-punk outfit IDLES are playing at The Sugarmill as part of their Brutalism album tour.
IDLES met as a quintet at the death of the indie scene in Bristol and began making visceral and sometimes unlistenable post-punk to a growing crowd. They began with their own club night Batcave and practicing religiously until they felt they had found their sound and their live show; with that in check they have now completed their first album and are savaged in hunger to play their music. They want to give themselves and their art to the audience in a concise and violent way unrivalled by their peers. They have no qualms in terrifying and entertaining in the same breath. They celebrate their influences in a vitriolic and belligerent sound that is both familiar and new. They are a nose-bleed on the ears and they’re here to show you they care.
Of the album and this tour, the band said –
“Brutalism: it may at first seem like an unrelenting wall of bosh but it was written during and at the wake of my mother’s death. It was supposed to be, like the concrete car parks, schools and churches of post-war Britain, a practical and cathartic mend of obliteration of what was before. It is a big, beautiful, clumsy, ugly, brutal piece of shit that just may have saved us as a band and we love it.
Now, we are in an upside down world that seems to have unharnessed all that we mended in the optimistic pocket of our souls and the pricks are winning by a landslide.
This album can be the sound of us gathering up the pieces and building something and then shoving it right down their fucking windpipes.
We’ll be playing venues all over the shop throughout March and April. Please keep your doors and minds open as we travel our shattered country and together we can pummel its entrails to mush.”