IDLES talk embracing positivity on new album Joy As An Act Of Resistance
Bristol punks IDLES have opened up about the making of their second album Joy As An Act Of Resistance and revealed that they ended up scrapping a huge chunk of material.
The band won swathes of admirers with the raw power of their debut Brutalism in 2017 and now drop their second full-length effort, which sees them working with Queens Of The Stone Age/Halestorm producer Nick Launey.
Asked about the writing process for the record, frontman Joe Talbot told hmv.com that the band had originally begun writing as soon as they finished their debut, but then lost faith in the material and wanted to embrace a more joyful sound.
He said: “We started writing three years ago for this record, pretty much as soon as we finished Brutalism, but we ended up scrapping much all of it. We got rid of everything but ‘Rottweiler’ and sat down to talk about why we weren’t enjoying ourselves. We decided to use Joy As An Act Of Resistance as a way to deal with it, as an ethos.”
Then asked why they had decided to change direction, he added: “We wanted to have fun. We could write a jungle song, write a grime song, we just decided to do what we loved, at that moment. The album came pretty quickly after that. When you’re doing what you love, it’s much more fluid and much more natural.”