IDLES have returned with the announcement of their forthcoming album CRAWLER, and have released the first single "The Beachland Ballroom".
"The Beachland Ballroom", teamed with a LOOSE-directed video, is the group's first new material since June's "Sodium" track that appeared on the DC Dark Nights: Death Metal soundtrack, and also accompanies the announcement of IDLES' fourth album CRAWLER.
Lead vocalist Joe Talbot says of the first single, which is named after the iconic Ohio venue, "It’s the most important song on the album, really. There's so many bands that go through the small rooms and dream of making it into the big rooms. Being able to write a soul tune like this made me go, fuck -- we’re at a place where we're actually allowed to go to these big rooms and be creative and not just go through the motions and really appreciate what we’ve got. The song is sort of an allegory of feeling lost and getting through it. It's one that I really love singing."
Guitarist Mark Bowen adds, "I didn’t know Joe could sing like that. He’s been trying to write "Be My Baby" since the very beginning, but he didn’t want to be the punk guy wearing the Motown clothes. He wanted it to feel natural, and this song is."
CRAWLER, recorded during the pandemic at Real World Studios in Bath, is co-produced by Kenny Beats and Bowen, and will follow last year's Ultra Mono.