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IDLES' Joe Talbot says their new album is "vigorously IDLES"

14 July 2020, 12:01 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

IDLES' lead vocalist Joe Talbot has spoken about their forthcoming album Ultra Mono, saying it's "vigorously IDLES".

Ultra Mono, IDLES' upcoming third album, has been previewed by two singles so far - "Grounds" and "Mr. Motivator". The third single "A Hymn" is landing later today (14 July).

Speaking in a new interview with Zane Lowe on his Apple Music Beats 1 show, Joe Talbot has discussed their new album, how he's coped with the pandemic, and how the band have navigated through their recent success despite having been together for a decade already.

Talot explains, "The beautiful thing about us being ignored for 10 years is that there was no one telling us what we couldn't do, we just had to learn it ourselves. And that meant that now I think Ultra Mono is vigorously IDLES. It's fluent in IDLES language because we've just been able to take baby steps every moment, make mistakes, and no one's fucking at our gigs so we can make mistakes and come back stronger. Rather than like, "Ah that was a shit gig, no one's going to come and watch us again because everyone in London that mattered came to that one that we were terrible at." Do you know what I mean?"

"So we just built it slowly over time," Talbot continues. "It made us really appreciate selling 40 tickets. It made us really appreciate being able to write five decent songs in a row, because we took that time and we were given the breadth to make mistakes, and now we're here. I think experience is fucking amazing but you also have to hold yourself accountable and work your ass off. Like it's not an industry that carries people. They chew you up and they spit you out."

Ultra Mono will follow on from IDLES' 2019's Mercury Prize-nominated album Joy as an Act of Resistence. It was recorded in Paris with producers 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, and features a collaboration with Jehnny Beth.

IDLES' Ultra Mono album arrives 25 September via Partisan Records, and is available to pre-order now. Their "A Hymn" single arrives later today (14 July).
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