Bristol heavy post-punk band Idles have confirmed details and the release date of their new sophomore album, Joy as an Act of Resistance. The album will be released on August 31st through Partisan Records. They’ve also released their first video for “Danny Nedelko.” The song is a pro-immigration anthem with the song title coming from the name of one of the band’s closest friends, a Ukrainian immigrant. The video for the track was self-directed and features Danny himself.
Joy as an Act of Resistance was produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan and Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush). Overall, the theme of the record takes aim at a wide range of topics, from toxic masculinity, nationalism, immigration, and class inequality. You’d think from that description the record would be very cynical, but it’s somehow delivered with a visceral, infectious positivity.
Singer Joe Talbot commented, “This album is an attempt to be vulnerable to our audience and to encourage vulnerability; a brave naked smile in this shitty new world. We have stripped back the songs and lyrics to our bare flesh to allow each other to breathe, to celebrate our differences, and act as an ode to communities and the individuals that forge them. Because without our community, we’d be nothing.”