ALBUM REVIEW: Idles – Crawler | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 12.11.21







Idlesfourth LP Crawler is a bold and brash, career-spanning record from the Bristol punk giants. Lifting sounds from their first EP right through to 2020’s single filled smash Ultra Mono, Crawler is full of mosh pit starters, soulful groovers and emotional deep cuts as Joe Talbot, shouts, sings and croons his way through the 14 tracks.

With world renowned producer Kenny Beats at the helm, the distortions are harsher and the lows are lower, as Talbot uses aggression as a force for good exploring trauma, addiction and recovery. Standouts include grindcore epic Wizz, foot stomper The Wheel and decidedly unhinged, Death Grips-esque anthem Car Crash, all forming parts of a tapestry that’s as rich as it is raw.


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