IDLES don’t hold back on new album ‘Ultra Mono’

Collaborators include the Bad Seeds’ Warren Ellis and Savages’ Jehnny Beth.

IDLES have released their third album Ultra Mono, the follow-up to 2018’s Joy as an Act of Resistance.

On the 12-track album, the British punks rail against racism, class divides and political injustice. Collaborators they roped in for the record include Nick Cave collaborator and Bad Seeds member Warren Ellis (on “Grounds”) and Savages leader Jehnny Beth (“Ne Touche Pas Moi”). Meanwhile, hip hop producer Kenny Beats “Kenny-fied” every single track on the record, as IDLES frontman Joe Talbot put it to The Face.

“The beautiful thing about us being ignored for ten years is that there was no one telling us what we couldn’t do, we just had to learn it ourselves,” Talbot told NME in the lead-up to Ultra Mono’s release.


“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.”

Listen to Ultra Mono below:

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