Idles

Singer — Bristol

Name?
Joe, Idles.

Where are you from?
We're from all over. We met in Bristol but we're spread out between Bristol, Newport and London, which is nice as it give us the space to not kill each other. I'm from Newport by way of Bristol.

What do you do?
I sing in Idles.

Describe your style in three words?
Dead man's clothes.

You can make a record with anyone from history - who would it be?
I'd make a track with Otis Redding just to hear his voice in the flesh. Try a Little Tenderness is his beacon.

What do you miss about home when you're on tour?
I haven't been away long enough to miss anything except for my lady.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been too?
Thee Oh Sees at the Barcelona Apollo. It was the most wonderful carnage I've ever been a part of and the first time I'd truly appreciated live guitar sound. Blur at Glastonbury and Suuns at Apollo are close seconds; one for a unified mass gathering of magic feels and one for bonding over sound and finding joy in the sinister.

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
Tony Benn, Dennis Skinner, Nigel Talbot, the four pricks in my band.

You can spend an hour with anyone from history - who would it be?
I'd ask Lucien Freud to paint me or my old dear.


Idles are a post-punk band hailing from Bristol, their debut album 'Brutalism' will be released on 10th March 2017.

Their intense, frantic and infectious music is something best witnessed live, they will be on their own UK headline tour celebrating the album's release throughout March/April 2017.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
'Ready or Not' by The Fugees.

One record you would keep forever?
'Astral Weeks' by Van Morrison.
The track would be 'Sweet Thing'.

My father introduced me to it as a way of expanding my musical tastes but in truth it changed my life forever. 

Song you wish you had written?
'Negative' by A Frames.

Song that defines the teenage you?
'Hip Hop' by Dead Prez.
It blew my tiny stupid mind.

A song lyric that inspires you?
Every Lyric in 'On Coming From A Broken Home Pt 1' by Gil Scott-Heron - it should be taught at school.

4 songs you can’t stop listening to right now? 

'Last Day' by Scarlet Rascal
It's restraint leaves me rabid, amazing band. 

'Nighttime Worker' by Sex Swing
The song is so beautifully balanced between horrid and filth. 

'Succulent Thunder Anthem' by Traams
Consistently f***ing good music forever.

'Saccharine' by LICE
Well s*** hot.

Name?
Joe, Idles.

Where are you from?
We're from all over. We met in Bristol but we're spread out between Bristol, Newport and London, which is nice as it give us the space to not kill each other. I'm from Newport by way of Bristol.

What do you do?
I sing in Idles.

Describe your style in three words?
Dead man's clothes.

You can make a record with anyone from history - who would it be?
I'd make a track with Otis Redding just to hear his voice in the flesh. Try a Little Tenderness is his beacon.

What do you miss about home when you're on tour?
I haven't been away long enough to miss anything except for my lady.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been too?
Thee Oh Sees at the Barcelona Apollo. It was the most wonderful carnage I've ever been a part of and the first time I'd truly appreciated live guitar sound. Blur at Glastonbury and Suuns at Apollo are close seconds; one for a unified mass gathering of magic feels and one for bonding over sound and finding joy in the sinister.

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
Tony Benn, Dennis Skinner, Nigel Talbot, the four pricks in my band.

You can spend an hour with anyone from history - who would it be?
I'd ask Lucien Freud to paint me or my old dear.


Idles are a post-punk band hailing from Bristol, their debut album 'Brutalism' will be released on 10th March 2017.

Their intense, frantic and infectious music is something best witnessed live, they will be on their own UK headline tour celebrating the album's release throughout March/April 2017.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
'Ready or Not' by The Fugees.

One record you would keep forever?
'Astral Weeks' by Van Morrison.
The track would be 'Sweet Thing'.

My father introduced me to it as a way of expanding my musical tastes but in truth it changed my life forever. 

Song you wish you had written?
'Negative' by A Frames.

Song that defines the teenage you?
'Hip Hop' by Dead Prez.
It blew my tiny stupid mind.

A song lyric that inspires you?
Every Lyric in 'On Coming From A Broken Home Pt 1' by Gil Scott-Heron - it should be taught at school.

4 songs you can’t stop listening to right now? 

'Last Day' by Scarlet Rascal
It's restraint leaves me rabid, amazing band. 

'Nighttime Worker' by Sex Swing
The song is so beautifully balanced between horrid and filth. 

'Succulent Thunder Anthem' by Traams
Consistently f***ing good music forever.

'Saccharine' by LICE
Well s*** hot.

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