IDLES is such an underrated band. I saw them live by accident on a sultry hot summer afternoon at a festival about a year ago and even though there were about twenty people in the audience, it was one of the best performances I've seen the past couple of years. If you're not familiar with their earlier work ('Well Done', 'Colossus' or 'Mother'), check it out now. The title of their new album is spot on: "Joy as an Act of Resistance". IDLES tackles father issues, mother-related sadness, class struggles and identity politics in a way that's both profound and devoid of pretentiousness. Their music has a way of making you feel sad, angry and joyful at the same time. The new "Danny Nedelko" video has the same effect with a fun, sweet and effortlessly cool edit of random encounters with real people on the streets. The song is irresistible, wrapping a heartfelt message about immigrant rhetoric in poetry and a chorus you can shout along with. Brilliant.
'Joy as an Act of Resistance' out 31st August 2018
My blood brother is an Immigrant / A beautiful immigrant / My blood brother’s Freddie Mercury / A Nigerian mother of three / He’s made of bone / He’s made of blood / He’s made of flesh / He’s made of love / He’s made of you / He’s made of me / Unity / Fear leads to panic / Panic leads to pain / Pain leads to anger / Anger leads to hate / Danny Nedelko / My best friend is an alien / My blood brother is a citizen / He’s strong he’s earnest / He’s innocent / My blood brother is Malala / A Polish butcher / He’s Mo Farah / He’s made of bone / He’s made of blood / He’s made of flesh / He’s made of love / He’s made of you / He’s made of me / Unity / Fear leads to panic / Panic leads to pain / Pain leads to anger / Anger leads to hate / Danny Nedelko / Danny Nedleko Community So fuck you Danny Nedelko Danny Nedelko