Idles Dial Back the Tempos But Keep the Intensity High With Crawler: Album Review
Idles are a very powerful British hard rock band, whose music is rich in punk and hardcore influences, but they can be based on their original songs and resemblance to Sonic Youth and Big Black. Their towering, effects-laden guitar sounds are almost as simple as any punking forebear.
The voice of Joe Talbot, which he roars through with the likes of Car Crash, War, Rottweiler and Never Fight A Man With Perm.
The band is moving toward something different: it is darker and moodier than most of their previous work, and even contains something that could be considered a ballad, the slow and echo-laden Beachland Ballroom (which the band performed on Jimmy Kimmel earlier this month).
The album starts with a jumble of mellow, reminiscent of the shivering King Snake and re-loading "The New Sensation and ends with the 30-second 'Wizz before he begins with its vocal percussion.
This powerful band live knows how quickly they can work a crowd into tens of thousands of odometers like they did on re-entry of the U.S. tour that just concluded. But with "Crawler," theyre breaking breaking rank, changing their style without defining it, whatever might come next is wide open.