IDLES have shared a new song, ‘Mercedes Marxist’, pulled from the sessions for their latest LP Joy as an Act of Resistance.
In addition, the band has confirmed another run of American dates this fall, playing their biggest venues yet. Dates include an October 17 show at Terminal 5 in NYC and an October 8 show at The Fonda in LA., with Surfbort also joining the tour as support.
‘Mercedes Marxist’ will be released physically on August 2 as a 7″, which will include another new song on its b-side, entitled ‘I Dream Guillotine’.
Listen to ‘Mercedes Marxist’ by IDLES on the Shoot Music New Releases playlist on Spotify.
IDLES were recently profiled by the New York Times and GQ as leaders in a movement of new bands tearing down outdated perceptions of masculinity. Their songs are a full-throated indictment of sexism, racism, Trumpism/Brexit, Nationalism, and toxic masculinity.
The Bristol band are able to channel those weighty subjects though pure positivity and even biting humor. Stereogum said of the group “IDLES seem to be the sort of band who transcend corniness by virtue of conviction and intensity. In their hands, clichés are more like blunt weapons.”
Joy as an Act of Resistance debuted in the Top 5 of the UK album and US Heatseekers charts, with the band nominated for the Breakthrough act at the Brit Awards, and are playing Glastonbury and Lollapalooza this summer.