Breakout punk band IDLES have returned with new track Mr. Motivator – the first taste of their highly-anticipated third album.

Idles performing live at the Bataclan. Pic: Lindsay Melbourne.

A battering ram of positivity, the song doubles down on the (self-admitted) sloganeering and social commentary that’s become the band’s signature.

Yet here more than ever they’re able to take clichés and turn them into music that’s deeply complex and brutally relevant.

The accompanying self-directed music video, which features fan-sourced exercise footage and the band members themselves.

Frontman Joe Talbot says of the song: “We want to start this journey with a means to not only encapsulate the album’s sentiment, but to encourage our audience to dance like no one is watching and plough through these dark times with a two-tonne machete of a song and the most beautiful community of scumbags ever assembled. Let’s go. All is love.”

IDLES, formed in Bristol in 2009, have become one of the UK’s must-see bands over the last few years.

Their debut album Brutalism was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, and the 2018 follow-up Joy As An Act Of Resistance was one of the year’s best-reviewed records and reached No 5 in the official UK album charts.

Joy saw the band produce legendary performances at Glastonbury, on TV’s Later … With Jools Holland and sold-out tours around the world.

They also won the coveted Ivor Novello Award for Best Album, and were nominated for the Mercury Prize and a BRIT Award.

The band consists of Joe Talbot (vocals), Mark Bowen (guitar), Lee Kiernan (guitar), Adam Devonshire (bass) and Jon Beavis (drums).

Joe Talbot of IDLES at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool in 2018. Pic: Gary Welford.
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