IDLES have announced that they will be releasing their third album, Ultra Mono on September 25th via Partisan Records.
If their last record, Joy As An Act Of Resistance was meant to detail IDLES manifesto, then Ultra Mono is the sound of the band heading into battle, battering ram in hand, for those tenets. The phrase “momentary acceptance of the self” serves as spiritual guide and mantra throughout.
Ultra Mono seems to be picking up from where ‘Joy’ left off, and the two tracks so far released from the album would seem to reinforce this. Mr Motivator was the first track to be released, and Grounds has just been released with a striking video directed by Rob Finch.
Frontman Joe Talbot says of Grounds: “We wanted to write a song that embodied self-belief, and gave us self-belief – a counter-punch to all the doubt we build up from all the noise we so easily let in. We wanted to make the sound of our own hearts’ marching band, armed with a jack hammer and a smile. We wanted to make the sound of our engine starting. So we did. Thank you.”
Joy As An Act Of Resistance was one of the best reviewed rock records of 2018, debuting top 5 on the official UK album charts. They were profiled by the NY Times and PBS NewsHour as part of a group of new bands tearing down outdated perceptions of masculinity, won the coveted Ivor Novello Award for Best Album, and were nominated for the Mercury Prize and a Brit Award last year. All 10,000 tickets to the band’s Dec 2019 headline performance at London’s Alexandra Palace sold out in under 24 hours.
Ahead of release, IDLES will also host a series of three live performances from an iconic studio space (to be named later) on Aug 29 and 30, which will be professionally recorded, filmed, and livestreamed. Upon purchase of a ticket, attendees will receive a unique link to access the performance live. Tickets on sale now, more info and link to purchase HERE.
Recorded in Paris and produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire) and Adam ‘Atom’ Greenspan (Anna Calvi, Cut Copy), with Kenny Beats (FKA Twigs, DaBaby, Vince Staples) providing additional programming, Ultra Mono was sonically constructed to capture the feeling of a hip-hop record. Across all twelve brutally relevant tracks, the band double down on the vitriolic sneer and blunt social commentary of their past work, with themes of active presence, inclusivity, class, gender inequality, nationalism, community, and toxic masculinity remaining ever-present. Ultra Mono also features guest vocals from Jehnny Beth (Savages), and additional guest contributions from Warren Ellis (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), David Yow and Jamie Cullum.
The band have also made available the dates on which all upcoming album tracks and videos will be released. Five out of the twelve albums will be released from the album, prior to it’s release, giving fans a real taste of what is to come. With the themes that have been revealed and the first two releases it looks like Mondo Mono will be just as good as it’s excellent predecessor.