The quintet, which also features BIMM Bristol tutor Lee Kiernan on guitar, have experienced a truly phenomenal rise to prominence, releasing not one but two critically acclaimed albums (Brutalism & Joy As An Act Of Resistance) in 2018; with the latter peaking at #2 in the official UK album chart.
During their almost entirely sold out UK tour, the band even found time to swing by numerous BIMM campuses for masterclasses, further cementing their reputation as approachable artists with an incredibly strong work ethic.
Most recently, IDLES received a nomination for ‘British Breakthrough Act’ at the upcoming 39th annual Brit Awards, going up against former BIMM London vocal student Ella Mai within the same category.
True to form, the hardworking band undertook an almost entirely sold-out 47-date tour across the UK, Europe and the USA. In September 2020, they released their third studio album, Ultra Mono, which charted at #1 in the UK’s Official Albums Chart. This was mainly because of their vinyl sales, which overtook Liam Gallagher as the fastest-selling vinyl album of 2020 so far, shifting 15,400 copies on vinyl in the first week of release.
Ultra Mono tackles a host of themes, such as the modern sociopolitical climate, class struggle, mental health, toxic masculinity, and the positive and negative aspects of the band’s newfound fame.
IDLES will stop at nothing until total world domination… and we love them for it.