I’ve never been this excited for a Monday! 👀🥳 @idlesband
comes to Paris next week for their sold-out show at the Bataclan! After a killer show at Rock En Seine last summer, these boys from Bristol are part of a new wave of #britpunk
that matches lightning hot riffs, angry vocals with some of the most insightful lyrics that smartly denounce with the biggest issues in Britain and the world better than any Oxbridge scholar on the BBC, notably xenophobia and child abuse. Clever tunes like ‘Mother’ ‘1049 Gotho’ and especially ‘Danny Nedelko’ that denounces anti-immigrant sentiment (My blood brother is Malala, a Polish butcher is Mo Farah) Cover it all in punk rock batter and dunk it into an atomic fryer, I’d stand outside and try and score a ticket for this one! 🚨
Monday, December 3
Metro 🚇 Oberkampf 🚇
SOLD OUT// 20h
#britpunk #punkrock #postpunk #idles #shame #bataclan #paris #bristol #joyasanactofresistance #dannynedelko #1049gotho #thursday #fugazi #sexpistols #rocknroll
#bbc #endracism #poland #brexit #pakistan
Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (2006)
Good gravy, what a breakout record! I remember when I first heard “I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor”; it played on MTV, which I immediately shut off the second the song ended to run to my family’s dial-up computer to obsessively scour MySpace for anything else by this magical mystery band called Arctic Monkeys. What a goddamn game changer.
In 2006, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not brought with it a fresh genre of music, combining the perfect amount of punk, hardcore, indie and funk. A lot of bands at the time were honing their existing sound, reinforcing themselves as champions in their niche, then, seemingly out of nowhere, comes this group from Sheffield who obliterates them all. Keep in mind that in ’06 we had only just begun our early aughts emo hangover.
Whatever People Say I Am... is sharp, hard, loud and snarky. I wasn’t alive in 1972, but can only assume that hearing this debut record for the first time is akin to when the vast subcultures of punks first experienced The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. There is not a song to sleep on throughout Whatever People Say I Am...’s docket. This record is an almost unbelievable first album. And, I don't say that casually.