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TORONTO, ON – July 25, 2018 -  IDLES have shared a searing takedown of toxic masculinity entitled “Samaritans,” along with music video (directed by Theo Watkins) that compiles archival clips skewing traditional masculine imagery. Fader called the track “one of their most confrontational songs to date,” listen/watch here and feel free to share: https://youtu.be/si2pZRifgIo

Speaking to the song’s message, frontman Joe Talbot says:

There’s been a long line of bullshit that has pushed men into a corner, where simple masking becomes a trope of masculinity and a catalyst for insanity. What we wear, what we eat, what razor we use, high performance chewing gum, go faster shampoo, how we treat women, how we treat ourselves, how we die. I truly believe that masculinity has gone from an evolution of cultural praxis to a disease. I wanted to encourage a conversation about gender roles by writing this song.

“Samaritans” is off IDLES’ upcoming LP Joy as an Act of Resistance. – out 8/31 on Partisan and mixed by Nick Launay and Adam “Atom” Greenspan (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush). Last week Greg Kot of Sound Opinions featured another album highlight, pro-immigration anthem “Danny Nedelko,“ while calling the band “one of the great forthcoming bands in the world because of what they’re saying in their songs and how they’re saying it.”

IDLES will tour the US for the first time ever this fall, and they’ll be coming north for a few Canadian dates including Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. North American dates below, Full routing here: https://www.idlesband.com/

IDLES 2018 North American Tour
Sep 14 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Sep 16 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
Sep 17 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Sep 18 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
Sep 20 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Sep 22 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg *SOLD OUT
Sep 24 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
Sep 25 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Sep 27 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Sep 28 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
Sep 29 – St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill Duck Room
Oct 1 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Oct 4 – Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre
Oct 5 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Oct 6 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern *SOLD OUT
Oct 8 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Oct 10 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom


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