Bristol punk band IDLES have today shared a new song, A Hymn, from their eagerly-awaited forthcoming album.
The song is the emotional centrepiece of Ultra Mono, which is due out on Partisan Records on September 25. The album is their third, after critically-acclaimed 2017 debut Brutalism and 2018’s Top 5 follow-up Joy As An Act Of Resistance.
The music video for A Hymn features the band driving with their parents through their hometown’s streets to the shops, providing a grey window into suburban English life, which matches the song’s heavy-hearted churn.
Frontman Joe Talbot says of the song: “A Hymn is a hymn that rejoices in the sinister flesh-eating virus of the pedestrian. It sings the tune of normal’s teeth sinking into your neck as you sleep stood up with your eyes open. Amen.”
A Hymn follows the release of other Ultra Mono highlights Mr. Motivator and Grounds.
With their plans to promote the album derailed by coronavirus, IDLES will host a series of three live performances from an iconic studio space on August 29 and 30, which will be professionally recorded, filmed, and live streamed. Tickets are on sale now, HERE.
Produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire) and Adam ‘Atom’ Greenspan (Anna Calvi, Cut Copy), with Kenny Beats (FKA Twigs, DaBaby, Vince Staples) providing additional programming, Ultra Mono was sonically constructed to capture the feeling of a hip-hop record.
The album 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.
Formed in Bristol in 2009, IDLES have become one of the UK’s must-see bands over the last few years, successfully crossing from the punk scene into the mainstream to the extent that all 10,000 tickets to their headline show at London’s Alexandra Palace last December sold out in under 24 hours.