Urgent guitars weave in and out on the propulsive Mr. Motivator, vocalist Joe Talbot snarling and yelping over the instruments, even going on to deliver a dog’s barks on Kill Them with Kindness. Model Village is a cutting critique of class, and sees Talbot rap his vocals in a manner reminiscent of Phil Daniels’ iconic monologue in Blur’s Parklife.
The band’s deeply political roots remain ever-present: both Anxiety and Reigns are fiery indictments of their government’s mistreatment of the working class.
Ultra Mono is the straight-to-the-point, straight-to-the-jugular rock that IDLES do best.
Ultra Mono by IDLES is out September 25 via Partisan Records/Liberation.
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