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Idles Unveil New Single Mercedes Marxist

Tuesday, 07 May 2019 Written by Laura Johnson

Photograph: Gareth Jarvis

Idles have released a new track.

Without fanfare, Mercedes Marxist has appeared online. Frontman Joe Talbot temporarily smoothes out some of the rough edges from his vocals in order to reflect the downcast mood of the song. Though the post-punk intensity is still present, they've changed tack to address a sombre subject.

Introducing the track on social media, they said:

"Mercedes Marxist was a strange beast for us, after Rottweiler, it was the first song we wrote for Joy as an Act of Resistance. I was pissed off at what I was and where I was: I was sofa surfing on the weekends and spending the weeks looking after my mum. My life balance was way off and this song reflects just how useless I felt. It was me at my worst and without any buoyancy it became catharsis. It was the last splurge from Brutalism so we admitted it. I like it now."

Mercedes Marxist will be released on 7" vinyl on August 2, backed with another new song, I Dream Guillotine. The former was written during the sessions for their sophomore album, 'Joy As An Act Of Resistance', which came out in 2018. The band have shared via social media that they're already working on its follow up.

Idles are currently on tour in the US have just announced they will return in October for a handful of dates, playing their biggest venues to date. Tickets go on sale at 10am local time on May 10. Head below for further details and tickets.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mercedes Marxist was a strange beast for us, after Rottweiler, it was the first song we wrote for Joy as an Act of Resistance. I was pissed off at what I was and where I was: I was sofa surfing on the weekends and spending the weeks looking after my mum. My life balance was way off and this song reflects just how useless I felt. It was me at my worst and without any buoyancy it became catharsis. It was the last splurge from Brutalism so we admitted it. I like it now. It's going to be released physically on August 2nd on @partisanrecords as a 7", which will include another new song on its b side, “I Dream Guillotine". Stream & download now or pre-order the 7" here >>> https://idles.lnk.to/mercedes We're also happy to announce we've added some more shows. Details below. Thank you x ‼️‼️ NEW US TOUR DATES ‼️‼️ 7 Oct 19 | San Diego | @observatorynorthpark 8 Oct 19 | Los Angeles | @thewiltern 10 Oct 19 | San Francisco | @thefillmore 14 Oct 19 | Washington DC | @9:30club 15 Oct 19 | Philadelphia | @uniontransfer 16 Oct 19 | Boston | @royaleboston 17 Oct 19 | New York | @terminal5nyc ON SALE FRIDAY 10 MAY AT 10 AM LOCAL https://www.idlesband.com/tickets/

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We saw the British quartet at the Cardiff stop on their most recent UK tour, which is where Gareth Jarvis took the above wet plate portrait for us. Head here to find out more.

IDLES Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu July 11 2019 - DUBLIN Iveagh Gardens

Wed May 08 2019 - ALBANY New York - Hollow (USA)
Fri May 10 2019 - BROOKLYN New York - Brooklyn Steel (USA)
Sat May 11 2019 - WASHINGTON District of Columbia - Rock and Roll Hotel (USA)
Sun May 12 2019 - WASHINGTON District of Columbia - Rock and Roll Hotel (USA)
Tue May 14 2019 - CLEVELAND Ohio - Beachland Ballroom (USA)
Thu May 16 2019 - KANSAS CITY Missouri - Record Bar (USA)
Fri May 17 2019 - DALLAS Texas - Curtain Club (USA)
Sat May 18 2019 - AUSTIN Texas - Barracuda (USA)
Mon May 20 2019 - PHOENIX Arizona - Music Hall At Valley Bar (USA)
Tue May 21 2019 - SOLANA BEACH California - Belly Up Tavern (USA)
Wed May 22 2019 - LOS ANGELES California - Fonda Theatre (USA)
Fri May 24 2019 - SAN FRANCISCO California - Great American Music Hall (USA)
Sat May 25 2019 - SAN FRANCISCO California - Great American Music Hall (USA)
Mon May 27 2019 - PORTLAND Oregon - Wonder Ballroom (USA)
Tue May 28 2019 - SEATTLE Washington - Neumos (USA)
Tue July 30 2019 - TORONTO Ontario - Danforth Music Hall Theatre (Canada)
Sat August 03 2019 - MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota - First Avenue (USA)

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