The Beauty From Ashes US Tour 2021 will be hitting that Palace Theatre in Saint Paul on Thursday, October 7th!
Passionate, political, and darkly comedic, IDLES’ debut album Brutalism made an impact that no one, not least the band, could have expected when it arrived, seemingly out of nowhere, in 2017. It was an album with such relevance to the fractured Britain that birthed it, that the band’s potent individuality and honesty simply couldn’t be ignored – and was described perfectly at the time by Uncut as: “a rare rock record with the rage, urgency, wit, and shattering of complacency usually found only in grime.”
No band toured harder, and invites to support the likes of Foo Fighters saw IDLES’ message spread even further, leading to a signing with the Brooklyn and London independent Partisan Records. IDLES’ second album – Joy As An Act Of Resistance – saw them claim their rightful place as leaders in a movement of bands tearing down outdated perceptions of masculinity and bucking a trend of style over substance. Songs from the record were full-throated indictments of sexism, racism, the polarisation of Britain in the wake of Brexit, nationalism and toxic masculinity. Joy felt both incredibly personal and at other times universal, wearing both its heart – and an active mind – on its sleeve. In a musical landscape that had become so safe and sanitized, IDLES were and remain a bolt to the arm of the norm.
Supporting Idles is the one and only Gustaf. Formed in 2018, Brooklyn’s Gustaf has built a kind of buzz that feels like it comes from a different era. The art-punk 5 piece are yet to release any recorded music, but rapidly established a reputation as one of New York’s “hardest working…and most reliably fun bands” (BrooklynVegan), and excitement about their danceable, ESG-inspired post-punk has expanded outside of their city with remarkable effect despite their scant online presence.
While recent events have curtailed Gustaf’s live schedule, the band has remained relentless as ever in 2020, and recently entered the studio with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Future Islands, TV On The Radio). Gustaf’s first official record, a 7 inch entitled ‘Mine,’ was released December 4, 2020 via Royal Mountain Records (US Girls, Wolf Parade, Pottery). ‘Mine’ immediately garnered attention, getting added to regular rotation at BBC 6, as well as features in The NME 100: Essential Emerging Artists for 2021 and NPR’s Slingshot’s 2021 Artists to Watch.
Tickets are still available HERE!