Joe Talbot, the frontman of Bristol punks IDLES, has launched a brand new virtual talk show.
The show, named Balley TV after Talbot’s label Balley Records, has already shared the first two episodes and the plan for future efforts,
On episode one, Talbot meets The Streets frontman Mike Skinner and Pussy Riot’s very own Nadya Tolokonnikova. On the second instalment, Talbot talks to CHVRCHES singer Lauren Mayberry as well musician Hak Baker.
Below, find the first two shows and the full schedule.
Balley TV upcoming episodes:
Episode 1 – Mike Skinner (The Streets) & Nadya Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot)
Episode 2 – Lauren Mayberry (CHVRCHES) & Hak Baker
Episode 3 – Arlo Parks & Billy Bragg (Friday July 3)
Episode 4 – Kate Tempest & Kenny Beats (Friday July 17)
Episode 5 – Ishmael Butler & Sharon Van Etten (Friday July 31)
Episode 6 – Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam), Jehnny Beth (Savages) & Fern Ford (The Big Moon) (Friday August 14)
In other IDLES related news, the band has announced the best news we’ve heard all lockdown as they reveal details of their third album Ultra Mono and share new single ‘Grounds’.
The Bristolians new record will be with us on September 25th, which has the challenge of topping their incredible 2018 release Joy As An Act Of Resistance.
The record was recorded in Paris and features special guests such as Jehnny Beth, Warren Ellis from The Bad Seeds as well as a somewhat surprising appearance from pianist Jamie Cullum who also appears on the album.
As they tease the new record, the band have shared a taste of Ultra Mono in the form of the Kenny Beats produced ‘Grounds’, which frontman Joe Talbot has this to say on: “We wanted to write a song that embodied self-belief, and gave us self-belief – a counter-punch to all the doubt we build up from all the noise we so easily let in.”
Adding: “We wanted to make the sound of our own hearts’ marching band, armed with a jackhammer and a smile. We wanted to make the sound of our engine starting. So we did. Thank you.”
IDLES will also be performing three exclusive live-streamed shows across the August bank holiday weekend and tickets for the shows are on sale now, with each purchase receiving a unique code in order to access the performance.