The English punks IDLES obviously don't like to be idle as they announced their next studio album just a year after the release of their previous album Ultra Mono.
Almost a year to the day Ultra Mono was released, the band announced that their fourth album is called Crawler and will arrive on November 12th via Partisan.
The 14-person collection was recorded at Real World Studios in Bath, England during the pandemic. It was co-produced by their guitarist Mark Bowen and, intriguingly, Kenny Beats, better known for working with hip-hop artists such as Denzel Curry, Slowthai and Vince Staples.
On the occasion of the announcement of Crawler, IDLES shared the lead single of it. The track entitled "The Beachland Ballroom" takes its name from the hall of the same name in Ohio.
According to Pitchfork, the band's lead singer, Joe Talbot, spoke about the meaning of "The Beachland Ballroom" in a statement. "It really is the most important song on the album," he revealed. “There are so many bands that go through the small rooms and dream of making it into the big rooms.
Being able to write a soul tune like this got me, damn it – we're in a place where we can actually go into these big spaces and be creative and not just do the moves and really appreciate them, what we've got. The song is a kind of allegory of getting lost and getting through. It's one that I really enjoy singing. "
Bowen also expressed surprise at the sound of the song. “I didn't know Joe could sing like that. He tried to write “Be My Baby” from the start, but he didn't want to be the punk guy who wears Motown clothes. He wanted it to feel natural, and this song is it. "
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