Breakout punk band IDLES today released a new single, Grounds, and revealed the release date for their much-anticipated third album.

Ultra Mono will be released on Partisan Records on Friday, September 25. It’s the follow-up to A Beautiful Thing: Live At le Bataclan, which was released in December.

Formed in Bristol in 2009, IDLES have become one of the UK’s must-see bands over the last few years, crossing over from the punk scene into the mainstream in the process.

All 10,000 tickets to the band’s December 2019 headline performance at London’s Alexandra Palace sold out in under 24 hours.

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

Joy also saw them win the coveted Ivor Novello Award for Best Album, and 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).

They shared the first taste of their new material last month, with a video for Mr Motivator. Today they followed that with Grounds, a thunderous call-to-action.

Frontman Joe Talbot says of the latest track: “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.”

Ultra Mono is IDLES’ third studio album for Partisan Records.

Ahead of the album’s release, IDLES will also host a series of three live performances from an iconic studio on August 29-30, which will be professionally recorded, filmed, and live-streamed.

Upon purchase of a ticket, fans will receive a unique link to access the performance live. Tickets are on sale now, with more information and a link to purchase HERE.

Ultra Mono sees 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.

It 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.

If their last record set out IDLES’ manifesto, Ultra Mono is the sound of the band heading into battle, battering ram in hand, for those tenets. The band have revealed the dates on which further tracks and videos will be released.

Gary Welford
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