Idles Implode in Sheer Punk Noise with Joy as an Act of Resistance

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Idles Implode in Sheer Punk Noise with Joy as an Act of Resistance

Marvin Villanueva, Senior

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Hailing from Bristol, England, the boisterous five-piece punk outfit, Idles releases their second studio album, Joy as an Act of Resistance.

Idles, coming off the success of their debut album from last year, refuse to hold anything back on their new record displaying the same honest harmony.

Starting with the ambitiously poignant, two-parter “Colossus,” the band exhibits from the get-go a sound that sets them apart from the rest of modern rock music. Lead singer, Joe Talbot’s, strong, defiant vocals perfectly melded to its extremely constructed production.

This outburst of sound is exactly what Idles have exquisitely perfected.

While obviously garnering influence from traditional punk rock acts such as The Clash and The Damned, Idles take part in same unfiltered explosion of instrumentation as shown from their blaring guitar riffs, dominant drums, and thick bass carrying an immense array of hardcore punk rock noise. Joe Talbot and company create something that differentiates themselves and their music by seemingly creating a calculated algorithm amongst every track, effortlessly creating a structured frenzy of sound.

These vigorous rhythms would only be a fraction without their sharp songwriting. All throughout Joy as an Act of Resistance, Idles prove themselves to be a band that wears their beliefs on their sleeves, with no feat to create politically expressive music, especially living in post-Brexit England.

For example, with the aggressively bold “Samaritan,” Idles adequately illustrates the negative effects of toxic masculinity singing “the mask of masculinity/is a mask/a mask that’s wears me.” Although that is only the surface of their political expression.

On the assuredly, forceful “Danny Nedelko,” Idles uses sarcasm effectively to rile against anti-immigration beliefs using their Ukrainian born friend to show the importance of diversity. On the momentous “Television,” they voice their complete disgust towards the digital age’s sick ideation with beauty and its creation of the unrealistic societal standards of beauty.

With this album, Idles present a loud elegance, that not only proves themselves to be a force in the United Kingdom’s rock industry, but also have showing themselves as an unforgettable act in modern punk music, never straying away from their punk roots and performing in the same politically charged nature the entire genre was built on. Throughout all of Joy as an Act Of Resistance, in its thirty-seven minute run, not only did Idles steadily keep momentum from the start to the finish through its destructive vocals and authentic lyrics, but they also ultimately set out to do what they intended and created the most exciting punk effort this year.

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