Idles share new song “Mercedes Marxist,” announce more tour dates

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Idles tour dates

Idles have shared a new song titled “Mercedes Marxist.” The album was written just before the songs on their last album, 2018’s excellent Joy As an Act of Resistance, and Joe Talbot describes the background of the song in a statement: “‘Mercedes Marxist’ was a strange beast for us, after ‘Rottweiler,’ it was the first song we wrote for Joy as an Act of Resistance. I was pissed off at what I was and where I was: I was sofa surfing on the weekends and spending the weeks looking after my mum. My life balance was way off and this song reflects just how useless I felt. It was me at my worst and without any buoyancy it became catharsis. It was the last splurge from Brutalism so we omitted it. I like it now.”

The band have also announced more tour dates this fall, including shows with Preoccupations. Check out those dates below, and listen to “Mercedes Marxist.”

Idles tour dates:

5/8 Albany, NY – Jupiter Hall (F)
5/10 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel (F)
5/11 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel (F)
5/12 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel (F)
5/14 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom (F)
5/16 Kansas City, MO – recordBar (F)
5/17 Dallas, TX – The Curtain Club (F)
5/18 Austin, TX – Barracuda (F)
5/20 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar (F)
5/21 San Diego, CA – Belly Up (F)
5/22 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda (F)
5/24 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall (F)
5/25 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall (F)
5/27 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom (F)
5/28 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s (F)
5/29 Detroit, MI – El Club (A)
5/30 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall (A)
8/2 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
8/3 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue (A)
10/7-06 Oct + 11-13 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
10/7 San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park (S)
10/8 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern (S)
10/10 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (S)
10/14 Washington, DC – 930 Club (P)
10/15 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer (P)
10/16 Boston, MA – Royale (P)
10/17 New York, NY – Terminal 5 (P)

(F) w/ Fontaines D.C.
(A) w/ A Place To Bury Strangers
(S) w/ Surfbort
(P) w/ Preoccupations

Idles’ Joy As An Act of Resistance is on our list of the Top 50 Albums of 2018.

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