IDLES have finally announced a release date for their new album Starcrawler and the good news also comes with a new single in the form of explosive-swayer “The Beachland Ballroom.” Named after the iconic Ohio venue, the song is an emphatic, soul-baring celebration of the band’s growth — from playing the little rooms and dreaming of one day being allowed on stage in the big one. With his ever-indomitable wail, Joe Talbot slips easily into the song’s woozy melody, one punctuated by the sharp snap of a tambourine and thundering drums.
As the first single from their upcoming album, “The Beachland Ballroom” is an affirmation that the rockers in IDLES still have a few tricks up their collective sleeves. The band might be known for their post-punk and hardcore leanings, and there is plenty of that ferocious emotion on the new single in the form of its rowdy chorus, but “The Beachland Ballroom” is unshy about its doo-wop soul. The music video for the song, directed by LOOSE, features a sweaty-raw closeup of Talbot letting loose on the song in his characteristic mad-lad fashion.
“I didn’t know Joe could sing like that,” said IDLES guitarist Mark Bowen of Talbot’s singing on the song. “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.”
IDLES new album Starcrawler arrives November 12, pre-order it here. They will be on tour this fall with dates at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown on October 30 and 31, the Glass House in Pomona on November 1, and at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on November 3, 4, and 5. Visit IDLES website, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated on new releases and tour announcements.
Listen to IDLES new single “The Beachland Ballroom” below!
IDLES 2021 tour:
Oct. 7: Saint Paul, Mn. (Palace Theatre)
Oct. 8: Chicago (Riviera Theatre – SOLD OUT)
Oct. 9: Detroit (Saint Andrew’s Hall – SOLD OUT)
Oct. 10: Columbus, Ohio (Newport Music Hall – SOLD OUT)
Oct. 12: Boston (House of Blues – SOLD OUT)
Oct. 13: Philadelphia (The Fillmore)
Oct. 15: New York (Terminal 5 – SOLD OUT)
Oct. 16: New York (Terminal 5)
Oct. 17-18: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club – SOLD OUT)
Oct. 20: Asheville, N.C. (The Orange Peel – SOLD OUT)
Oct. 21: Nashville (Cannery Ballroom – SOLD OUT)
Oct. 22: Atlanta (Heaven at the Masquerade)
Oct. 25: Austin, Texas (Stubb’s – SOLD OUT)
Oct. 26: Dallas (Granada Theater – SOLD OUT)
Oct. 27: San Antonio, Tx. (Paper Tiger – SOLD OUT)
Oct. 28: Phoenix (The Pressroom – SOLD OUT)
Oct. 30-31: Pioneertown, Calif. (Pappy & Harriet’s – SOLD OUT)
Nov. 1: Pomona, Calif. (Glass House – SOLD OUT)
Nov. 3: Los Angeles (Fonda Theatre – SOLD OUT)
Nov. 4: Los Angeles (Fonda Theatre – SOLD OUT)
Nov. 5: Los Angeles (Fonda Theatre – SOLD OUT)
Nov. 6: San Francisco (The Warfield – SOLD OUT)
Nov. 8: Portland, Ore. (Crystal Ballroom – SOLD OUT)
Nov. 9: Seattle (Showbox – SOLD OUT)
Nov. 10: Seattle (Showbox SoDo – SOLD OUT)