After a landmark 2017 for the band, Bristol’s IDLES kick off 2018 with the news that they’ve finished recording their sophomore album and that they’ve also signed to Partisan Records.
“IDLES have signed to Partisan Records. This is not a decision based on greed. They excite us and have injected ideas and passions into our camp that we would not have mustered. We as a family have realised our limitations in as far as the ship we have built with you all is becoming too much for the team we have to achieve the best of our abilities. It was time to admit a necessity for help but we needed that to come in the form of trusted, earnest and like-minded people who were as passionate about our art and you people as we were: Partisan Records are the partners we were looking for. We haven’t been given a huge wedge of cash but instead a huge wedge of confidence that we are in safe hands and make no mistake, we are not going to stop working fucking hard for you and ourselves.” – Joe Talbot, IDLES
Partisan Records was co-founded in Brooklyn in 2007 by Tim Putnam and Ian Wheeler and now has offices in New York, London and LA. They have previously worked with the likes of Cigarettes After Sex, Deer Tick, Torres, Eagulls and John Grant.
“We’re very excited to welcome IDLES to our roster. They are an altogether necessary band for the times we live in and we are honoured to have been trusted as their chosen partners. As Joe says: All Is Love!” – Tim Putnam, Partisan Records
IDLES have also announced their first headlining dates in US & Canada for March:
Fri March 9 – Brooklyn NY @ Ceremony
Sat March 10 – Brooklyn NY @ Flowers For All Occasions
Sun March 11 – Philadelphia PA @ PhilaMOCA
Tue March 20 – Toronto ON @ Smiling Buddha
They will also be playing SXSW.
More information on IDLES? Last year’s “Brutalism” LP received considerable attention on its release and this alongside their incendiary live shows has garnered them a enviable and ever-growing fan base. Jeremy Vine is among their admirers, they were in Loud & Quiet, CRACK, NME and Radio 6’s albums of the year, they were 33-1 for the Mercury Prize at Ladbrokes ahead of announcement and they had the biggest crowd of the whole weekend on The Lake Stage at Latitude where they also performed a secret set for the BBC, also rammed, directly after at the Introducing stage. By the time of Reading & Leeds, they were a must see band and both tents were full for their performances.
As well as their own headlining tour, the band performed dates with Dead Kennedys, DIIV, were The Maccabees special guests at all three of their final shows at Alexandra Palace and were hand-picked by Foo Fighters to support them at their massive O2 shows in September.
They’ve not been hurt by a succession of brilliant, self-directed music videos either. Take a watch of their recent video for Mother, where front man Joe Talbot proceeds to destroy a table full of china, piece by piece: