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Tuesday 26 March 2024

Idles Load Up Their New Album Tangk For An Assault On The Brighton Centre This December

Tangk is the righteous and vibrant fifth album from madcap truth-seekers, Idles, who will play The Brighton Centre, this December. 
Credit: Tom Ham

Pronounced "tank" with a whiff of the "g" - an onomatopoeic reference to the lashing way the band imagined their guitars sounding that has since grown into a signal for living in love - the record is the band's most ambitious and striking work yet. 

Where Idles were once set on taking the world's piss, squaring off with strong jaws against the perennially entitled, and exercising personal trauma in real time, they have arrived in this new act to offer the fruits of such perseverance: love, joy, and indeed gratitude for the mere opportunity of existence.

A radical sense of defiant empowerment radiates from Tangk, co-produced by Nigel Godrich, Idles guitarist Mark Bowen, and Kenny Beats

Despite his reputation as an incendiary post-punk sparkplug, frontman Joe Talbot sings almost all the feelings inside these ten songs with hard-earned soul, offering each lusty vow or solidarity plea as a bona fide pop song—that is, a thing for everyone to pass around and share, communal anthems intended for overcoming our
grievance. 

Lead single Dancer stands as the throbbing and scuzzy highlight at the album's
center - rattling bass and ricocheting guitar giving Talbot space to talk about sweat and sex on the dancefloor. 

It is lascivious and playful and positive, the ecstatic sound of at least a temporary fix. 

In the improvised hook, Talbot offers the band's essential new mantra: "I give myself to you/As long as you move on the floor."

He is singing about the rapture of a new relationship, but he is also singing about the special dynamic between the band and their fans, or the band and the world at large. 

Follow-up single Gift Horse is accompanied by a video which finds unity between the almost fantastical characters that lurk on the outskirts of society with the mundanity of day-to-day life. 

The setting in a supermarket, where a dead-eyed checkout man absentmindedly scans items while the rest of the store brims with surrealistic images: main character social media creators, people seemingly in the midst of a manic episode, an otherwise straightlaced preacher, and guitarist Mark Bowen taking a mechanical bull by the horns.

Idles play The Brighton Centre on 1st December 2024. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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