- 07 May 19
'Mercedes Marxist' is the Bristol punks first original release since 2018's Joy As An Act of Resistance.
IDLES have shared their first new track of 2019, 'Mercedes Marxist'. Taking aim at champagne socialists, the brilliant song gives us some idea of what to expect on the Bristol punk rock group's highly-anticipated third album.
The band's latest album, Joy As An Act Of Resistance, was met with widespread acclaim on its release in 2018, and was described by Hot Press as a "standout album" that dealt with themes of "toxic male gender stereotypes, vulnerability, inebriation, class inequality, malign nationalism and self-acceptance... expressed with a refreshingly stark lack of artifice and a contagious exuberance." Alongside Wild Youth, IDLES also graced the cover of one of Hot Press's most anticipated issues of the year, the Hot for 2019 Special Issue. You can read their interview from that issue, in which they discussed political instability at home and abroad, toxic masculinity and why Ireland is the perfect audience for their cathartic yet ultimately uplifting message, here.
As part of their worldwide tour, IDLES stopped off at Belfast's Empire Music Hall and Dublin's Vicar Street for two stellar performances last month. The group are also set to return to these shores for a performance at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on July 11, where they'll be joined by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and The Claque.