IDLES announce new album with video for “Grounds”

Their third LP, ‘Ultra Mono,’ arrives later this year.

British rock band IDLES have announced their third album, Ultra Mono, with a video for their new single, “Grounds.”

The clip, directed by Rob French, follows frontman Joe Talbot as he speeds around a suburb until he accidentally knocks down a masked man. The two get into a brief scuffle before the masked man takes off in Talbot’s car. The clip ends with a jaw-dropping twist that you’ll have to see for yourself.

“We wanted to write a song that embodied self-belief, and gave us self-belief—a counter-punch to all the doubt we build up from all the noise we so easily let in,” Talbot said of “Grounds” in a press release. “We wanted to make the sound of our own hearts’ marching band, armed with a jack hammer and a smile. We wanted to make the sound of our engine starting. So we did.”


“Grounds” is one of the 12 songs that will appear on Ultra Mono. A follow-up to 2018’s Joy as an Act of Resistance, the new LP will arrive on September 25 via Partisan Records/Liberator Music. It features work by hip hop producer Kenny Beats, Savages vocalist Jehnny Beth, Warren Ellis of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, and oddly, jazz/pop artist Jamie Cullum.

Watch the video for “Grounds” here:

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