IDLES are back with news of a new album, and a first track to be taken from it.
Titled ‘CRAWLER’, the follow-up to last year’s ‘Ultra Mono’ is set to arrive on 12th November via Partisan Records. 14 tracks long, it was recorded at Bath’s Real World Studios during the COVID-19 pandemic, and co-produced by Kenny Beats and guitarist Mark Bowen.
The album is previewed by a first single, ‘The Beachland Ballroom’, named after the iconic Ohio venue.
Frontman Joe Talbot explains: “It’s the most important song on the album, really. There’s so many bands that go through the small rooms and dream of making it into the big rooms. Being able to write a soul tune like this made me go, fuck – we’re at a place where we’re actually allowed to go to these big rooms and be creative and not just go through the motions and really appreciate what we’ve got. The song is sort of an allegory of feeling lost and getting through it. It’s one that I really love singing.”
“I didn’t know Joe could sing like that,” Bowen adds. “He’s been trying to write ‘Be My Baby’ since the very beginning, but he didn’t want to be the punk guy wearing the Motown clothes. He wanted it to feel natural, and this song is.”
You can check out the LOOSE directed video for ‘The Beachland Ballroom’, and the tracklisting for ‘CRAWLER’, below.
MTT 420 RR
When the Lights Come On
The New Sensation
The Beachland Ballroom