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IDLES – “CRAWLER” Album Review

The fourth studio release sees IDLES in a brand new texture – with all the colours we’ve come to love already.

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With a striving lunge forward, CRAWLER strives for a stronger indulgence of reflection. It hones in on a more inclusive approach to delivering songs with moments of interlacing beauty and anger within one another.

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IDLES have never been one to take a step back and reflect on their angsty actions – especially from that of an idled punk band. But ever since frontman Talbot left therapy, he realised he was angry at all the wrong people. Since then, he has been able to create more thought-provoking dramatic ballads that certainly have more depth and feel to them. Forerunner pre-single, The Beachland Ballroom is a prime example of this. Understanding where they are as a band – rather than running through the motions and living in it – they’ve been able to create an album with vivid stories, wild imagination and a sense of escapism into their ever-fixing worlds.

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“It was writing selflessly that helped make it possible. Reflecting. Telling my own story. Not trying to tell everyone else’s story. Not trying to fix the world – just talking about how I am fixing mine.” -Joe Talbot

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Although not featuring the usual raucous rock anthems that shake the walls like we saw in Ultra Mono, it is a refreshing texture to a band that seemed far too brazen-faced to change. It puts the band in a better – and far stronger – place as a sharply-dressed outfit in the world of punk rock music.

You can catch IDLES perform their fourth album works as they strive for a mega UK/Ireland tour in January 2022.

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You’re so punk rock: IDLES

Both personal and universal, punk rock and punk music in general has a way of causing mass hysteria and worldwide followings throughout the industry. Known for his chaotic truths and political attacks …

punk music is a genre that anyone can get behind with (or without) their own beliefs.

Never trust a man with a ‘stache

This does not ring more true than with the darkly crowned breakthrough act of IDLES. Amongst a world of political correctness and safe correction, this passionate eclectic of the dirty and robust, are basically here to trample all over that.

Both debut, Brutalism in 2017 and Joy As An Act Of Resistance in 2018 saw the band rise to chart stardom and infamy among the punk’s world best. Talbot’s unique depravity in his voice drives this band to creating just fantastic music. Their third art piece of Ultra Mono is another quip of rock revelry that is a joy to listen to. I’m sure I turn into a little jumped up kid whenever I listened to these Bristol lads.

I recommend giving them a playthrough – start with Never Fight A Man With A Perm. I don’t think any other song will perfectly reflect the sounds and styles of IDLES. Enjoy, my friends.

You look like a walking thyroid
You’re not a man, you’re a gland
You’re one big neck with sausage hands
You are a Topshop tyrant
Even your haircut’s violent
You look like you’re from Love Island
He stood and the room went silent