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IDLES Drop Banging First Single “Grounds” From Incoming New Album “Ultra Mono”




Today (16th June) IDLES release their mighty single “Grounds” and accompanying video as first cut to be lifted from their forthcoming third album “Ultra Mono”.

Partisan Records will have a monster one hit album on their roster come 25th September 2020, sure of it. The first single “Grounds” is a snarling, growling, menacing, aggressive awesome noise. Addictive as f***.

The video for “Grounds” is directed by Rob French.  Watch it at the bottom of this page….

Frontman Joe Talbot says of “Grounds”: “We wanted to write a song that embodied self-belief, and gave us self-belief – a counter-punch to all the doubt we build up from all the noise we so easily let in.

“We wanted to make the sound of our own hearts’ marching band, armed with a jack hammer and a smile. We wanted to make the sound of our engine starting. So we did. Thank you.”

Ultra Mono artwork

IDLES will host a series of three live performances from an iconic studio space (to be named later) on 29th and 30th August 2020, which will be professionally recorded, filmed, and live-streamed.

Upon purchase of a ticket, attendees will receive a unique link to access the performance live. Tickets on sale now, more info and link to purchase HERE.

Recorded in Paris and produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire) and Adam ‘Atom’ Greenspan (Anna Calvi, Cut Copy), with Kenny Beats (FKA Twigs, DaBaby, Vince Staples) providing additional programming, the imminent album “Ultra Mono” captures the feeling of a hip-hop record.

A dozen cuts delivering vitriolic sneer and blunt social commentary a-plenty, shining the spotlight on inclusivity, class, gender inequality, nationalism, community, and toxic masculinity.

The album features guest vocals from Jehnny Beth (Savages), and additional guest contributions from Warren Ellis (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), David Yow and Jamie Cullum. Er, yes, that’s right, we said jazz boy Jamie Cullum! The follow-up to IDLES album # 2, “Joy As An Act Of Resistance” in 2018.

The band have announced the schedule for all upcoming album tracks and when their videos will be released (see below):

“Joy As An Act Of Resistance” was one of the best reviewed rock records of 2018, debuting Top 5 on the UK album chart.  They turned in incendiary performances at Glastonbury, on BBC TV’s “Later….with Jools Holland” and sold out tours across the world.

They won the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Best Album and were nominated for the Mercury Prize and a Brit Award last year. All 10,000 tickets to the band’s December 2019 headline performance at London’s Alexandra Palace sold out in less than 24 hours.

We predict 2021 will be their biggest year yet and the new album “Ultra Mono” will absolutely smash it for the band…

Watch out for our early review of the full album coming soon…….



Band photo credit: Tom Ham



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