Ahead of their sold-out US tour launching this week, IDLES have shared a new song – “Mercedes Marxist” – pulled from the sessions for their latest LP ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’ (Partisan Records). In addition, the band has confirmed another run of American dates this fall, playing their biggest venues yet. Dates include an October 17th show at Terminal 5 in NYC and an October 8th show at The Fonda in LA, full routing below. Surfbort and Preoccupations will support. Tickets on sale Fri May 10th at 10am local time.
Frontman Joe Talbot says via Instagram:
“‘Mercedes Marxist’ was a strange beast for us, after ‘Rottweiler,’ it was the first song we wrote for Joy as an Act of Resistance. I was pissed off at what I was and where I was: I was sofa surfing on the weekends and spending the weeks looking after my mum. My life balance was way off and this song reflects just how useless I felt. It was me at my worst and without any buoyancy it became catharsis. It was the last splurge from Brutalism so we admitted it. I like it now.”
“Mercedes Marxist” will be released physically on August 2nd as a 7″, which will include another new song on its b-side, entitled “I Dream Guillotine.”
IDLES were recently profiled by the NY Times and GQ as leaders in a movement of new bands tearing down outdated perceptions of masculinity. Their songs are a full-throated indictment of sexism, racism, Trumpism/Brexit, Nationalism, and toxic masculinity.
‘Joy’ debuted Top 5 on the UK charts, Top 5 US Heatseekers. Major features with NPR Music, Fader, Noisey, Rolling Stone, Chicago Tribune, lead arts feature in The Guardian, and the cover of DIY Magazine and Crack. They were nominated for Breakthrough act at the Brit Awards, and are playing Glastonbury and Lollapalooza this summer.
NME called their Jools Holland performance last month “history in the making…incomparably brilliant,” comparing it to Arctic Monkeys and Kanye West’s first appearances on the show. Watch that here.
IDLES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2019 (new dates in bold):
05 May 2019 / Raleigh, NC / Kings Barcade* (SOLD OUT)
06 May 2019 / Richmond, VA / The Broadberry*
08 May 2019 / Albany, NY / Jupiter Hall*
10 May 2019 / Brooklyn, NY / Brooklyn Steel* (SOLD OUT)
11 May 2019 / Washington, DC / Rock & Roll Hotel* (SOLD OUT)
12 May 2019 / Washington, DC / Rock & Roll Hotel* (SOLD OUT)
14 May 2019 / Cleveland, OH / Beachland Ballroom* (SOLD OUT)
16 May 2019 / Kansas City, MO / recordBar* (SOLD OUT)
17 May 2019 / Dallas, TX / The Curtain Club* (SOLD OUT)
18 May 2019 / Austin, TX / Barracuda* (SOLD OUT)
20 May 2019 / Phoenix, AZ / Valley Bar* (SOLD OUT)
21 May 2019 / San Diego, CA / Belly Up* (SOLD OUT)
22 May 2019 / Los Angeles, CA / The Fonda* (SOLD OUT)
24 May 2019 / San Francisco, CA / Great American Music Hall* (SOLD OUT)
25 May 2019 / San Francisco, CA / Great American Music Hall* (SOLD OUT)
27 May 2019 / Portland, OR / Wonder Ballroom* (SOLD OUT)
28 May 2019 / Seattle, WA / Neumo’s* (SOLD OUT)
29 July 2019 / Detroit, MI / El Club#
30 July 2019 / Toronto, ON / Danforth Music Hall#
02 Aug 2019 / Chicago, IL / Lollapalooza
03 Aug 2019 / Minneapolis, MN / First Avenue#
07-06 Oct + 11-13 Oct – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
07 Oct 2019 / San Diego, CA / Observatory North Park^
08 Oct 2019 / Los Angeles, CA / The Wiltern^
10 Oct / San Francisco, CA / The Fillmore^
14 Oct / Washington, DC / 930 Club%
15 Oct / Philadelphia, PA / Union Transfer%
16 Oct / Boston, MA / Royale%
17 Oct / New York, NY / Terminal 5%
* w/ Fontaines D.C.
#w/ A Place To Bury Strangers