IDLES
Brutalism


5.0
classic

Review

by davesthesay USER (1 Reviews)
April 20th, 2017 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hate will bring us together

Bristol is a beautiful city on a sunny day. The cider was flowing, and an array of jazz and reggae bands littered the parks and river banks. As the evening drew to a close, I persuaded my friends to accompany me to watch a band on-board the Thekla. I'd never heard Idles before. I was summoned to the gig by the Charles Darwin looking bass player Dev, who used to sing Joy Division to me as we closed-up behind the bar at Wetherspoons most nights. The gig was terrible! Although the band was tight and looked cool, the music was dreary and unimaginative. My cider and sun induced bliss was slowly drained by run-of-the-mill depressing indie music.

I don't know when or what made Idles angry, but it suits them. Brutalism expertly blends a wealth of influences together to create a vicious monster. The vocals have similar phrasing, bite and wit of a Johnny Rotten or Ian Dury. Lyrically this record shines with humorous, pseudo-political one-liners. Like a whimsy-less, self-deprecating Future of the Left.

Brutalism starts with a scream. No surrender! Like the dog who won't do what he's told, Heel sets the tone with a growl of frustration. Well Done is more playful, poking fun at celebrity cake-baker Mary Berry and cheesy R&B slinging DJ Trevor Nelson. Mother could be an anthem of the anti-tory youth in the lead-up to June's election. Date night and 1049 Gotho are the gimickless gems. Faith in the City sounds like a religious song, but could be written about a sickly-sweet wine, which is normally only consumed by Scots.

Divide and Conquer pulls on the reins with its slow and sludgy impending doom, but builds pace into the catchy Rachel Khoo and the frenetic triplets on Stendhal Syndrome. Benzocaine and White Privilege prove that Idles strength lies in fun, bass driven, fast paced, catchy punk songs. However, Exeter and Slow Savage show variety and offer a glimpse of interesting future directions the band can pursue.


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butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2017


5734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I enjoyed this review.. but cider is only acceptable as a hungover morning drink.. pos..

SandwichBubble
April 20th 2017


4840 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well done! This is a good first review.

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elliootsmeuth
April 20th 2017


3362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Definitely need to give this another listen.

cylinder
April 20th 2017


1151 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very nice review, pos'd. Was totally gonna review this too but I'm glad the first one has a more authentic connection with the band



Album slays of course

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JS19
April 29th 2017


5967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can't get over how 'Exeter' perfectly encapsulates how extremely dull living in Exeter is for me right now

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Flugmorph
April 29th 2017


17475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

date night is such a fucking jam

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StreetlightRock
Emeritus
May 23rd 2017


3899 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So much fun.

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Nikkolae
June 11th 2017


5184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

deserves so much more attention

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 12th 2017


19716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

huh interesting listen so far

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 12th 2017


19716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this was solid. very fun stuff and im not even the biggest post punk fan

Flugmorph
June 12th 2017


17475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this is more like noise rock/post hardcore but w/e

cylinder
June 19th 2017


1151 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Def not noise rock or post-hardcore

zakalwe
June 21st 2017


23400 Comments


Now this isn't bad at all. Reminds me a bit of S*M*A*S*H but better.

Ryus
June 30th 2017


15600 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

surprised by how much i like this

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Flugmorph
June 30th 2017


17475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

im glad you like it ryus



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