WATCH them now – just to say you got there first.
Manx music fans should seize the chance to do just that as Idles get set to perform at the Villa Marina tomorrow (Friday) night.
The five-piece from Bristol have been touring their Welcome EP around Britain and France during the past few months.
Mainly concentrated on the club circuit, the more salubrious surroundings of the Villa will herald something of a departure for the hard-edged indie outfit – but expect them to rise to the occasion and deliver a gig crammed with frenzied energy.
They are five best friends who met at university and on the DJing circuit in Bristol, and since starting Idles a few years back they’ve become the forerunners in Bristol, and been part of the creation of a strong and still growing local scene.
After putting on a local indie club night called Batcave in their home town, singer and frontman Joe Talbot and bassist Adam Devonshire took their shared love for MTV2’s 120 minutes – the TV show dedicated to alternative music and videos – and the need for a creative outlet and started what would become Idles.
In the space of 18 months the band grew from the two of them sat in their flat to a fully-fledged five-piece, with the inclusion of dual guitarists Andy S and Mark Bowen, and lively drummer Jon Beavis.
The members’ differing tastes in music led to a band with a punk ethic and eclectic sound, and they quickly improved their local stock with regular slots at nearby festivals and headlined two of them – Dot to Dot and Simple Things.
During their steady climb up the musical food chain, the band have supported a broad range of touring bands such as Pulled Apart By Horses, Health, Danananakroyd, Wild Palms, No Age, The Chapman Family, Male Bonding and Le Shark, and recorded the EP Welcome in Geoff Barrow’s State Of Art Studios in Easton.
The sound is big, indie rock wedged somewhere between the intense rock ‘n’ roll of The Walkmen and the dark post-punk of Joy Division, and is one fans of the likes of Interpol, Talking Heads, XTC, The Maccabees and Future of The Left will enjoy.
With a two-pronged attack available on the guitar front, the band possesses the ability to move through the gears quickly – shifting from subtle, pulsing verses to thumping choruses and a driving climax.
The music has an urgency to it, and Meydei and the moody 26/27 in particular are worth searching YouTube for a preview of what will likely be a visceral, fully-charged and passionately delivered live show which is set to get under way in the Royal Hall at 8pm.
Ballagroove DJs and Cartesian Jetstream will provide support.
Tickets, costing £15, are on sale now from the Sea Terminal Welcome Centre, the box office on 600555 or online at www.villagaiety.com.
Don’t miss it.