- 23 Oct 18
Earlier this year, with the release of their second album Joy Is An Act Of Resistance, Idles secured their spot as one of the most exciting bands in modern Britain. The ferocity of their music – which is a sort of off-shoot of punk rock but punk rock like you’ve never heard it before – is matched only by their unabashedly upbeat, positive social message.
Having been given the upgrade from Whelan’s to The Button Factory because of the high demand for their Dublin show, it’s plain to see that Irish audiences have latched on to Idles in a big way.
Entering the stage to the overture of ‘Colossus’ - the first song from the band’s new album - lead singer Joe Talbot paces the stage like he’s warming up for 12 rounds in the ring. To extend the metaphor, lead guitarist Mark Bowen looks like one of those old-time knuckle boxers with the handlebar moustache. They’re in fighting form, basically. The song itself is a monumental opener, which builds from its sinister drumbeats and repetitions of ‘Goes and it goes and it goes!’ to the breakdown, where the band rail against toxic masculinity (‘I don’t wanna be your man’) and discrimination (‘I’m like Stone Cold Steve Austen!/I put homophobes in coffins!’).