IDLES' latest single is a grey window into English suburbia

Track is taken from forthcoming album, 'Ultra Mono'



IDLES have shared a new song 'A Hymn' - the emotional centrepiece off the Bristol band’s forthcoming LP, Ultra Mono.


The accompanying music video features the band driving with their parents through their hometown streets to the shops, providing a grey window into suburban English life that matches the song’s heavyhearted churn.


The song is another sombre but emotional track from IDLES who are showing no sign of easing up on their relentless rawness and aggressive style.


The new track has a real Joy Division feel to it as singer Joe Talbot sneers, "I want to be loved / everybody does" over the top.


Talbot described the song as "a hymn that rejoices in the sinister flesh-eating virus of the pedestrian. It sings the tune of normal's teeth sinking into your neck as you sleep stood up with your eyes open. Amen.”



Ahead of release, IDLES will host a series of three live performances from an iconic studio space (to be named later) on 29 and 30 August, which will be professionally recorded, filmed, and livestreamed. Tickets are on sale now and more info and the link to purchase can be found here.


Talbot also recently launched a new virtual talk show called BALLEY TV, rolling out new episodes every other Friday this summer. Guests have already included Mike Skinner (The Streets), Nadya Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot), Lauren Mayberry (CHVRCHES), Hak Baker and more. You can watch the most recent episode here featuring Arlo Parks and Billy Bragg and subscribe to see more episodes here.


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, ‘Ultra Mono’ was sonically constructed to capture the feeling of a hip-hop record. The album also 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.


Ultra Mono is set for release 25 September via Partisan.


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