IDLES have returned with a wonderfully appointed new video for their song ‘Carcinogenic’, the latest song to be released from their third record Ultra Mono.
The video comes equipped with a message of support too for the workers in live music and events who have struggled to make ends meet during the pandemic. A socially-distanced recording sees the bandmates perform at different venues across Bristol.
The move to help support these venues by raising awareness on their plight comes as we enter one of the most depressing Independent Venue Week’s ever. With no live music on the immediate horizon, clips like the one IDLES have delivered below are the only performances we’re likely to see.
The performances take place at The Louisiana, Exchange, The Mother’s Ruin, The Old Duke, and Trinity Centre — all of which are exciting venues in the band’s hometown of Bristol.
Speaking about Independent Venue Week, IDLES guitarist Mark Bowen said: “Now more than ever independent musicians and the music industry at large need to unite to keep from being decimated. Between the pandemic and a government who not only don’t care about the future of the arts (especially independence within the arts) but take a pro-active role in its diminishment, independent venues are at greatest risk because they are mostly small businesses, not interested in profit or investors but in the nourishment of creative, open-minded, critical thinking.”
The guitarist continued: “Independent venues are the fertile soil in which the future of the performing arts will grow. They are where your future favourite band will play, where the best song ever written will be tested out, where the new can bud and flourish. They are also vital for a sense of community and union, something people sorely need and miss at this time, without them we’re all fucked.”
Watch the new video for ‘Carcinogenic’ below: