Saturday, November 13, 2021

Idles implore road safety with new single, ‘Car Crash’

Forget ‘THINK!’ (figuratively speaking), Idles’ immersive new single is the most persuasive advert for safe driving yet.

Idles have released a new single, from their upcoming album ‘Crawler’. ‘Car Crash’ follows the album’s lead single ‘The Beachland Ballroom’, a jazz-tinged rock offering unveiled in September, earlier this year. 

Based on frontman Joe Talbot’s real-life traumatic experience in a near-fatal car accident, the track immortalizes a car crash.

Talbot spit-screams bars over abrasive drums, pre-recorded and pressed on acetate; siren-like guitars screech out alongside a monotonous-yet-somehow-melodic beeping, all merging in a cacophony of chaos, adrenaline rising… 

Until: “Smash / I'm a car crash”. 

Where ‘Car Crash’s first half is filled with hubristic invincibility, the second half’s moribund narration is frighteningly mortal. Talbot commented on the track, “It’s the horrific, comedown hangover – waking up in the morning and realising the smashes, like, what the fuck am I doing with my life?” 

Oddly enough, the accompanying music video actually predated the single. Created by artist Matthew Cusick, who has been compiling footage of car chase scenes from films since 2001, the track is the perfect soundtrack. The video was also edited by the band’s guitarist, Lee Kiernan

‘Crawler’ is set to be released on the 12th of November 2021, via Partisan Records, the fourth studio album from the Bristolian post-punk quintet, following the critically acclaimed ‘Ultra Mono’. Their upcoming project was recorded during the pandemic, at Real World Studios in Bath, and is produced by Idles guitarist Mark Bowen and Kenny Beats, an LA hip-hop producer who has worked with the likes of Slowthai, Dominic Fike, Denzel Curry, Rico Nasty, FKA twigs and Vince Staples

Elina Ganatra


Image: ‘Car Crash’ Official Single Cover 

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