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?