NEWS: Idles release new track 'Mr Motivator'

NEWS: Idles release new track ‘Mr Motivator’

IDLES have returned with a new track ‘Mr. Motivator‘.  A battering ram of positivity that’s also the first preview of their highly anticipated third LP due out later this year.  The song doubles down on the (self-admitted) sloganeering and social commentary that’s become the band’s signature, yet here more than ever they’re able to take clichés and turn them into music that’s deeply complex and brutally relevant.

Beautifully poignant, IDLES have captured the spirit of humanity despite being in lockdown.  The video for ‘Mr. Motivator’ is comprised of numerous home-made workout clips filmed by fans of the post-punk band.

Frontman Joe Talbot had this to say about the song:

  • “We want to start this journey with a means to not only encapsulate the album’s sentiment but to encourage our audience to dance like no one is watching and plough through these dark times with a two-tonne machete of a song and the most beautiful community of scumbags ever assembled.  Let’s go.  All is love.”

IDLES followed up their acclaimed second album, Joy as an Act of Resistance, with 2019 single ‘Mercedes Marxist’ and its subsequent B-side ‘I Dream Guillotine’.

Watch the video for, ‘Mr.Motivator’ below:






  1. “A battering ram of positivity”

    “Deeply complex”

    “brutally relevant”

    I find it hard to associate a band who sound like this with positivity… the whole sound is deliberately the reverse, claustrophobic and unpleasant (“unpleasant sound” not being a criticism). I’m not sure where in the lyrics is to be found positivity either.

    The music is not complex, and the message is about a nuanced as “Just Say No” by the Grange Hill Cast.

    “Let’s seize the day
    All hold hands, chase the pricks away”

    is always brutally relevant, pretty sure that racists up and down the country think that its a perfect anti-snowflake message. It’s hardly fucking Oscar Wilde is it?

    Surely you have to sound a little bit more like 2020 music to be brutally relevant?

    And any band that exhibit the facial hair this mob do wil find themselves on the wrong side of history, however much they do good in terms of fighting whatever they’re fighting.

    Say no to Idles – bang average music, bang average live show, fucking stupid facial hair that should be a capital offence. I fucking hate Idles.

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