IDLES are very vocal about the part Bristol has played in their phenomenal rise to success. On the release of their second, UK number five-charted album Joy As An Act of Resistance, frontman Joe Talbot told Nitelife: ‘All of the promoters in Bristol were really supportive of us from the start (…) If you’re passionate about what you do and you’re a good person and you work hard, people appreciate that here.’
All of the promoters in Bristol were really supportive of us from the start
It’s a favour they’ve gone out of their way to repay, pushing local acts St Pierre Snake Invasion, LICE and Taos Humm on BBC 6 Music, when Joe filled in for Steve Lamacq on his BBC Radio 6 Recommends show last summer.
They’re also bringing unsigned Bristol noise makers Heavy Lungs on the completely sold-out UK leg of their world tour, and are set to release a split 7” single with them on Joe’s label Balley Records and Partisan Records on 30 November. The split 7” features IDLES’ Danny Nedelko, a tribute to Heavy Lungs’ singer and close friend of the band, and Heavy Lungs’ retort, Blood Brother.
In honour of their homecoming show at SWX, IDLES have curated an aftershow at Exchange, handpicking two local acts very much worth paying attention to
In honour of their homecoming show at SWX, IDLES have curated an aftershow at Exchange, handpicking two local acts very much worth paying attention to. The aftershow, called Bruiser, describes itself as ‘New music. Good music’ and will feature noise-rock three-piece guitar band Falling Stacks, and brand new punk outfit Cruelty.
It’s only the latter’s second live outing after their Cafe Kino debut in August and closely follows the release of their debut single Disgraced.