IDLES recent debut album 'Brutalism' is outstanding so we were pretty stoked when they were announced to play Record Store Day at Southsea' Pie & Vinyl.
It would be easy to compare them to the likes of Slaves, Sleaford Mods & Bad Breeding but they really have a fresh raw edge all of their own.
'Heel / Heal' kicked off the set with socially charged lyrics and so much energy from the outset, "I want to move into a Bovis home, and make a list of everything I own" putting consumerism squarely in it's place, "ride into the ever setting sun ... marching to the beat of someone's drum".
Next up the angrily spitting song 'Mother' bombarded us with politically charged lyrical gems like "the best way to scare a Tory is to read and get rich" keeping the crowd enthralled. Check out our videos below.
IDLES have so many intelligently constructed songs like 'Stendhal Syndrome' with an anti-establishment sentiment highlighting the "hot air" of the art world "did you see that painting what Rothko did? Looks like it was painted by a two year old kid."
'Well Done' was also another highlight of the set, "Why don't you get a job, even Tarquin has a job ... I'd rather cut my nose off to spite my face" the lyrics are delivered with piercingly fierce vocals and so much energy from the whole band.
With a cutting sense of humour to it, this is storytelling with a passion, gravelly vocals and a beautifully bound up in furious atmospheric punk set. Fresh, infectious, confrontational songs laced with slicing social comment and cultural references twisted and made relevant with in a frantic assault on the senses, an epic adrenaline fuelled and highly entertaining experience.