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IDLES (UK)

Rock as an act of resistance

Everybody who thinks that rock, that old music, that lost art, can still produce bands that mean something, obviously cling to Idles as though they were going down in a blaze of glory. Idles pound you; Idles set you on fire. Their furious second album, Joy as an Act of Resistance, and the abrasive concerts with which they travelled the world elevated the Bristol band to the cupola of the organization of internationalist combat rock. To the programme of The Clash and in the style of The Birthday Party. Billy Bragg fronting The Jesus Lizard. Guitar music as a socio-political tool that can still be used to say things loud and clear.

Joy as an Act of Resistance (Partisan- PIAS, 2018)

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