Since releasing Joy As An Act of Resistance in 2018, British punks IDLES have only increased in notoriety. They are still riding the crest of that wave into their new song “Mr. Motivator”, released today, with the promise of news about their third album soon to follow. The effusive Joe Talbot says:
“We want to start this journey with a means to not only encapsulate the album’s sentiment, but to encourage our audience to dance like no one is watching and plough through these dark times with a two tonne machete of a song and the most beautiful community of scumbags ever assembled. Let’s go. All is love.”
Doing exactly as Mr. Talbot suggests, “Mr. Motivator” is a battering ram of a song that does not hold back on any of IDLES’ usual sonic and lyrical gusto. While the band sets out a sharp-yet-shaggy fuzz-rock backing, Talbot is all-guns-blazing in his words, delivering imagery like “Conor McGregor with a samurai sword on rollerblades” and “Kathleen Hanna with bear claws grabbing Trump by the bushy.” A fair old romp, then.
Watch the Zoom-recorded video for “Mr. Motivator” below.