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IDLES Share New Song “Mercedes Marxist” and Announce New Fall U.S. Tour Dates

Joy as an Act of Resistance Out Now via Partisan

May 07, 2019 Photography by Stewart Baxter
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British political punks IDLES released a new album, Joy as an Act of Resistance, last year via Partisan. Now they have shared a new song, "Mercedes Marxist," which was recorded at the same time as the last album. They have also announced some new fall North American tour dates, even though they are currently on a U.S. tour (most of the current dates are sold out, however). Tickets for the October dates go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local time. "Mercedes Marxist" will be released on 7-inch on August 2, with the new song "I Dream Guillotine" as the B-side. Check out "Mercedes Marxist" and the tour dates below.

Singer Joe Talbot had this to say about the song in a press release: "'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."

Read our rave review of Joy as an Act of Resistance.

IDLES North American Tour Dates:

08 May 2019 / Albany, NY / Jupiter Hall*
10 May 2019 / Brooklyn, NY / Brooklyn Steel* (SOLD OUT)
11 May 2019 / Washington, DC / Rock & Roll Hotel* (SOLD OUT)
12 May 2019 / Washington, DC / Rock & Roll Hotel* (SOLD OUT)
14 May 2019 / Cleveland, OH / Beachland Ballroom* (SOLD OUT)
16 May 2019 / Kansas City, MO / recordBar* (SOLD OUT)
17 May 2019 / Dallas, TX / The Curtain Club* (SOLD OUT)
18 May 2019 / Austin, TX / Barracuda* (SOLD OUT)
20 May 2019 / Phoenix, AZ / Valley Bar* (SOLD OUT)
21 May 2019 / San Diego, CA / Belly Up* (SOLD OUT)
22 May 2019 / Los Angeles, CA / The Fonda* (SOLD OUT)
24 May 2019 / San Francisco, CA / Great American Music Hall* (SOLD OUT)
25 May 2019 / San Francisco, CA / Great American Music Hall* (SOLD OUT)
27 May 2019 / Portland, OR / Wonder Ballroom* (SOLD OUT)
28 May 2019 / Seattle, WA / Neumo's* (SOLD OUT)
29 July 2019 / Detroit, MI / El Club#
30 July 2019 / Toronto, ON / Danforth Music Hall#
02 Aug 2019 / Chicago, IL / Lollapalooza
03 Aug 2019 / Minneapolis, MN / First Avenue#
07-06 Oct + 11-13 Oct - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
07 Oct 2019 / San Diego, CA / Observatory North Park^
08 Oct 2019 / Los Angeles, CA / The Wiltern^
10 Oct / San Francisco, CA / The Fillmore^
14 Oct / Washington, DC / 930 Club%
15 Oct / Philadelphia, PA / Union Transfer%
16 Oct / Boston, MA / Royale%
17 Oct / New York, NY / Terminal 5%

* w/ Fontaines D.C.
#w/ A Place To Bury Strangers
^w/ Surfbort
%w/ Preoccupations

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