The Wheel of Your Tune

The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number. The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album. This week’s spin landed on I6.

The track I’ve chosen is 1049 Gotho by Bristol band Idles. Idles have grown their following this year probably due to being picked up by BBC Introducing. Before that, I saw a writer I follow on Twitter talking about their visceral and energetic delivery. The name of their album, Brutalism, suggested a rawness, bleakness and modernity – I pictured the buildings of Park Hill estate in Sheffield where my husband was at university; a blot on the landscape and beautifully post modern all at once. I had to give it a listen. So on a journey into town at the end of March, I put it on at full volume and enjoyed the assault on my eardrums. “Commute noise” I called it.

Visceral is a good descriptions. The undercurrent of their pulsating bass/drums combo paired with the singer’s close-to-the-mic shouty delivery, almost spitting the lyrics out, makes it a physical listen. It’s a breeze-block of an album; sturdy and rough. Yet there is genuine warmth and humour in the lyrics. The stream of consciousness song writing style suggests depth of thought and honesty. I love them like I love Savages and Sleaford Mods. Their observational contempt is refreshing and their noise sonically and accurately articulates my on/off frustration with life.

My son and I saw them on a beautiful summer’s evening this year, just as the sun was setting at a very tame, small festival local to me. The crowd was tiny and mostly made up of a hardcore of travelling fans all kitted out in Idles awesome merch. And what absolutely lovely fellas they were too. It was a lovely moment, just me and my boy.

Anyway, enough of my blather. I really like this album. You wouldn’t put it on if you had family round for Sunday lunch there are plenty of other opportunities though. Another one to listen to through headphones or on a decent stereo.

I’d love to hear what you think of Idles.

What’s your I6?

10 thoughts on “The Wheel of Your Tune

  1. Gordon Waid, lead singer with the In And Outlaws, didn’t understand this song (which was written by my son Matt, lead guitar and backing vocals) but he makes a pretty good job of it all the same imo. Track six of their only album The In & Outlaws.


  2. Took me a while to think of any records I actually own by artists beginning with I, but if I go right back to my hard rock adolescence we find Iron Maiden’s Live After Death album; would have preferred I5 as it’s my favourite Flight of Icarus, but I6 gives us the epic pretentiousness that is The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

  3. Idles – Brutalism is a great album – one of my most played of the year – so would be my pick too Sarah… and I do like the aesthetic too on t-shirts and sleeves.

    Me and my mate were happy playing it at full volume while driving around Germany in the holiday – then realised when we picked up our children that mine could understand all the lyrics while his German-speaking boys don’t understand a word of all his filthy language punk and new wave he plays.

    Indelicates would fit in well with that:
    Julia, We Don’t Live In The 60’s (American Demo) or All You Need Is Love (from Diseases of England 2013)

    any I am Kloot track 6 would be pleasing.
    Ibibio Sound Machine from this year fits…
    But I’ll choose:

    Black & Grey Stripped Trousers In Flagranti

    • Hi shane. Only just getting around to answering this. I just love their sound and energy, it really does work well on full volume when travelling!
      Where did your tour of Germany take you, sounds like a lot of fun!
      I agree that almost all of I Am Kloot is lovely but I’ve not listened to the Ibibio Sound Machine – only the singles that get played on the radio. I have the In Flagranti on in the background – what fun! Thanks for the share…

      • We stayed in Erlangen near Nuremburg – and travelled around there (based at our friends house). Never been to the south before only Berlin and Hamburg areas, so the contrast was quite incredible – lots of chocolate box houses and statues of Jesus crucified as you enter every town/village – very conservative in comparison to the lefty squat parties I was at in the northern German cities.

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