Best Album of 2017: IDLES ‘Brutalism’

I remember vividly the first time I came across IDLES; a regular everyday commute, sat among the other cogs within the wheel of society. Heel/Heal found its way onto my Spotify queue, and instantly filled me with a sense of unease and curiosity as the track opens with a woman’s echoed screech “NO SURRENDER”, followed by thundering drums and feedback. It cuts deep into your mind and body, filling you with this raw aggression only known to a fucking grizzly bear. What a way to open your debut album.

The unmistakable sound that IDLES have morphed combines powerful drums, vocals with more grit than an icy motorway, intense thrashing guitar, and bass lines that rattle the rib cage. All of which delivered at the speed of a boy-racer in his pimped Astra.

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The importance of this album goes even further; IT’S POLITICAL. A stand out track on the album Mother utters in anthem fashion “My Mother works 17 hours, 7 days a week” & “The best way to scare to a Tory is to read and get rich”. Divide & Conquer puts you under a dark spell of hypnosis, repeating “DIVIDE… DIVIDE… AND CONQUER” to an uneasy sludgy guitar chord, before cranking the tempo up to a million BPM. Punk has always had its toe dipped firmly in anti-establishment and leftist politics, as with The Clash during the late 70’s/early 80’s. Similarly, IDLES have before them a political landscape which for many is bleak and at best, unrepresentative of real issues. They have taken the stage to entertain (obviously), but also educate and slap sense into people with a loud, direct message of anger and frustration that, once heard, is almost impossible to ignore.

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1049 Gotho is a perfect example of the satire IDLES bring to the table with their music. Although the overriding lyric in the song is “MY FRIEND IS SO DEPRESSED, HE WISHES HE WAS DEAD” bringing a far more somber mood to the previous tracks, “MY FRIEND IS SO DEPRESSED, SHE WANTED TO HAVE SEX. I PISSED IN THE KITCHEN SINK, AS SHE SLOWLY UNDRESSED” just adds humour that works so well alongside deep motifs and feelings of political anguish.

Other stand out tracks include Well Done, Benzocaine & Exeter.

Why is Brutalism our choice for Album of the Year at Great Wave Magazine? Firstly, because it’s fucking sensational. Secondly… BECAUSE IT’S FUCKING SENSATIONAL. A third reason isn’t needed. If you haven’t already come across this gem of a band, you’re already playing catch up. Jump on the IDLES band wagon and ride it all the way to salvation. Or at least until you start shoving pin piercings in your ear and get pogo-ing with your finest Doc’s on.

Find releases and updates at their website http://www.idlesband.com and check them out on Spotify .

 

Less than 3 days until their first album ‘CHEW’ drops, Muskets singer Cheung takes time to talk to Great Wave Mag.

Yo, I’m Cheung – I do vocals and play guitar in Muskets.

  •  Talk me through the journey of the band so far? 

So we released an EP called SPIN in 2015 through Venn Records, it was a great time. Through that we did countless DIY tours in basements, houses and small venues to like-minded punk and emo fans and created some incredible memories and also formed some great friendships.

  • Is the band signed?

We’re signed to No Sleep Records and have been since earlier this year. They’re a wicked label and were one of the labels we aspired to be on when we were younger, which is cool. Their new roster is also sick; Looming, Hot Mulligan, Julia Louise, Daisyhead, Pine, Aviator and Able Baker Fox to name a few, being a part of this new wave of No Sleep artists is sick, check them out.

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  •  Who have you been on tour with?

We’ve been on tour with some really cool bands, our old friends; The New Tusk, Broadbay and Beachtape shared some of our favorite tours during the SPIN release. Since then we’ve done tours with Tigers Jaw, Culture Abuse, Creeper and Moose Blood and we’re up for ignoring real life by jumping in the van and travelling around, playing shows and getting fucked together and stuff, you know.

  • Chewing Gum. Will it be put on an EP or even an album?

Chewing Gum, 17 Years and You’re So Cool are all going to feature on our debut album ‘CHEW’ which is being released through No Sleep Records on 20th October.

  •  What are the bands plans for near future?

We’re heading out on a co-headline run with Wallflower on 25th to 29th October. Check out the poster below.

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Go listen to Muskets emofuzzness on Spotify, and follow them on Instagram & Facebook for updates and news.