IDLES release new single 'Mr Motivator'

IDLES release new single 'Mr Motivator'

Posted on: 20 May 2020

It’s our first glimpse into the Bristol band’s third album. 


Forget Joe Wicks: Bristol natives IDLES will get your blood pumping, and spirits lifted, with surprise new single ‘Mr Motivator.’


The track has arrived complete with a montage music video, featuring fan-sourced footage, plus clips of the band, getting sweaty in lockdown.


A close pal of the band, Heavy Lungs frontman Danny Nedelko, also makes an appearance in the video. Watch: 



Unleashed yesterday (Tuesday 19 May), the track is our first glimpse into IDLES’ third album, a follow up to 2018’s Joy as an Act of Resistance, which is due to drop later this year.


Another ferocious, self-actualizing anthem by the Bristol-bred band, ‘Mr Motivator’ is not only a nod to IDLES’ new album but rallying message to fans.


Speaking about the track, IDLES frontman Joe Talbot explained:


“We want to start this journey with a means to not only encapsulate the album’s sentiment but to encourage our audience to dance like no one is watching and plough through these dark times with a two-tonne machete of a song and the most beautiful community of scumbags ever assembled. Let’s go. All is love.”

The release, along with its motivational slogans, couldn't have come at a better time - it's Mental Health Awareness Week after all. 


Want to remind yourself of one of IDLES' most recent performances in Bristol? Read our review of the 2019 Downs Festival right here

Main image: IDLES celebrate one year of 'Joy as an Act of Resistance' on Facebook

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