It’s been a great time for rock music. Bands from all over the world have come out with stellar releases that push the boundaries of what’s possible in the genre. And one of the latest additions to the growing list of great rock releases is IDLES’ Ultra Mono.
The Bristol-based punk band IDLES had a pretty good year last year. Aside from going on a world tour that brought the band to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the US, the band also garnered critical acclaim in the UK. The success of their sophomore album Joy As an Act of Resistance got them nominated for the Mercury Prize, which is one of Britain’s most prestigious music awards.
IDLES isn’t the type of band to let this kind of momentum go to waste, so they went straight into the studio to work on new material for their next album. After almost a year of waiting, their hard work has resulted in what may just be one of the better music releases of 2020.
How you experience this album will depend on whether or not this is your first time listening to IDLES.
If you’re a long time fan of the band, then you’ll be glad to know that the rambunctious punk rock attitude is still going strong in this one. If anything, they’ve even doubled down on the political aspect from the last album. While the general sound of the album is what’s expected from the band, the roaring distortion pedal powered riffs are now accompanied with a narrative that’s more in-your-face.
– Gillian K. Webber