Interview: IDLES

IDLES - PRS for Music Streatham rooftop

‘A lot of people were adamant that we should stop and get a real job.’ IDLES frontman Joe Talbot is sat on a Streatham rooftop with his bandmate and guitarist Mark Bowen, talking about the five years it took the band to release an album.

That long awaited debut was Brutalism, unleashed in March to critical acclaim and launching the Bristolian agitators into a life of sell-out shows, daytime radio plays (‘it was the first time we got played before 11pm’) and mega support slots for the likes of the Foo Fighters.

Taking a sideways shot at modern life, the quintet’s fired-up angst spills over with political frustration and anti-establishment tirades, packaged up in heavy riffs and acerbic punk wit.

Ahead of their ferocious set at PRS for Music Presents in late September, we caught up with Joe and Mark up on our Streatham HQ rooftop where they chatted about everything from piggybacks with Dave Grohl to why grime influences their sound…