Idles have released new single Samaritans. The third track to be shared from their forthcoming sophomore album Joy as an Act Of Resistance released August 31st on Partisan Records. The new single is a longtime live favorite and a searing takedown of toxic masculinity. Theo Watkins directed music video compiles archival clips displaying traditional masculine imagery.
On 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.”
This autumn, Idles will embark on their first ever global tour starting the US leg September 14th at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall. After their self released debut album Brutalism carried the band to #1 on Spotify’s Viral Chart, they’ve followed up with opening slots for Foo Fighters at the O2, and landed on Loud & Quiet, DIY, CRACK, NME, Dork and Radio 6’s albums of the year lists among others. They’ve performed to audiences at Primavera, Latitude, Reading and Leeds festivals, and were one of the biggest success stories to come out of SXSW this March
Joy As An Act Of Resistance is 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.”