IDLES have announced their next album: the follow-up to last year’s Ultra Mono is titled CRAWLER, and it comes out November 12 via Partisan. The 14-track LP was recorded at Real World Studios in Bath during the COVID-19 pandemic and was co-produced by Kenny Beats and guitarist Mark Bowen. Today, the band have shared the album’s first single, ‘The Beachland Ballroom’, which is named after the Ohio venue. Check out its LOOSE-directed video and find the album’s cover art and tracklist below.
“It’s the most important song on the album, really,” frontman Joe Talbot said of ‘The Beachland Ballroom’ in a press release. “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.”
CRAWLER Cover Artwork: