UK rock band IDLES will release their fourth album, “Crawler”, on 12 November via Partizan Records. Produced by Kenny Beats (Vince Staples, Denzel Curry) and IDLES guitarist Mark Bowen, it follows the 2020 “Ultra Mono”, the band’s first chart-topper in its own right. The first single, surprisingly lively and restrained “The Beachland Ballroom” is out now.
“The previous two LPs, we had a theme and a title and then we wrote the songs,” says IDLES frontman Joe Talbot Diversity. “This time, the title and the theme kind of got lost, and Bowen and I just wrote the lyrics. The feeling we got from them was to write the album. We found it to be a healthy mix. It forced us to write really well.”
“Creatively, we get out of limitations,” Boyne added. “We had to write ourselves, because we couldn’t get into a room with each other. We had some poetic licenses with themes and abstract ideas. We were limited by the setting. It takes you away from the self-conscious aspect of being in a band. You are not reading the press [or thinking], We have to write a smash hit because of the chart. We were just writing songs because we love to write songs. It feels so much more pure. ”
Named “The Beachland Ballroom” and is inspired by the Cleveland Concert Venue which also has a small room, the Beachland Tavern. IDLS played through the city for the first time, and while there, Talbot recalls peeking through a window, admiring the large adjoining ballroom, and wishing to jump there on the band’s next tour. “Being able to write a soul tune like this has forced me to go, I’m in a place where we’re actually allowed to go into these big rooms and be creative and not just go at a pace and really appreciate what we do.” He says.
Although Beats was initially known as a hip-hop producer, that distinction welcomed him as a new IDLS collaborator, according to Talbot. “Kenny is very welcoming and his energy level with the roof, but in a very contagious way,” he says. “It’s not an arrogant force, where it’s about her and her stories. He just wants to make you big. He brightens up your personality.
Recorded during the Covid-1 pandemic epidemic at Bath’s legendary Real World Studios, the 1-track “Crawler” is called “The Bright Story of Trauma, Addiction and Recovery”. Sold out from the IDLES album will show previews on the North American tour, which will begin at Paul e October in St. Paul, Maine. The UK and European races begin 1 London-1 Jan January at the Academy with a capacity of 5,000 in London. Brixton.