Bristol heavy post-punk band IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance. “Great” is a pro-immigration black comedy (“Islam didn’t eat your hamster/change isn’t a crime”) and it also acts as a scathing confrontation of the Brexit/Trump era of the social-political climate. Singer Joe Talbot said of the track, “Let us go forward with open minds and open hearts into that fuck off fire we’ve started. No blame, no hate. Just love and a blue passport.”
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.