IDLES have announced brand new album ‘Crawler’, due out on 12 November 2021.

The album will be the group’s fourth to date and the official follow-up to their first No.1 full-length 2020s ‘Ultra Mono’.

The 14-track project was recorded at the famed Real World Studios in Bath during the pandemic and co-produced by Kenny Beats and IDLES guitarist Mark Bowen.

The punk rockers have also unveiled first single ‘The Beachland Ballroom’. Named after the iconic Ohio venue, the track is accompanied by a LOOSE-directed music video.

Frontman Joe Talbot commented, “It’s the most important song on the album, really. There’s 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 made me go, fuck — we’re at a place where we’re actually allowed to go to these big rooms and be creative and not just go through the motions and really appreciate what we’ve got. The song is sort of an allegory of feeling lost and getting through it. It’s one that I really love singing.”

Bowen added, “I didn’t know Joe could sing like that. He’s been trying to write ‘Be My Baby’ since the very beginning, but he didn’t want to be the punk guy wearing the Motown clothes. He wanted it to feel natural, and this song is.”


On ‘Crawler’ the band brings to life vivid stories of trauma, addiction and recovery with their most soul-stirring release to date. The album is also packed with moments to inspire music mayhem in packed out venues across the UK when they embark on their sold-out tour in early 2022.

IDLES ‘Crawler’ Full Album Tracklisting:

MTT 420 RR
The Wheel
When the Lights Come On
Car Crash
The New Sensation
Stockholm Syndrome
The Beachland Ballroom
King Snake
The End

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