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Warren Ellis is working with Idles on their third album


The Bad Seeds and Dirty Three member, Warren Ellis, appears to be in the studio with Bristol band Idles as they work on their third studio album.

While the acclaim is still running for their bands’ 2018 album Joy As An Act of Resistance—which Far Out named as our best album of the year—Idles are ramping up the excitement around their impending follow-up.

Having already released their new single ‘Mercedes Marxist’, the band quickly followed it up with the B-Side ‘I Dream Guillotine’ which were both made available as a 7″ vinyl single.

Fresh from a nomination for the 2019 Mercury Prize, Idles know the pressure is on to follow-up their critically acclaimed previous effort and, to step up the levels, drafted in Bad Seeds’ multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis who will appear on one track.

Posting a picture via their official Instagram page, Ellis posed with Idles frontman Jason Williamson along with the caption: “Album 3: Dirty”.

Ellis also responded by confirming his collaboration with the band, adding: “Awesome to meet the Idles and let me on a track. A great Monday.”

The band’s third album will have a lot of work to do to beat the band’s second which we described as: “The array of topics tackled with sincerity and knowledge is not only promising from a musical point of view, but one hopes from a social point of view. The title of the album is the most poignant in this regard, Joy as an Act of Resistance is the point of the album, the point of the band, and should be the point we are willing to push through the armour of an establishment so dependant on our despair.

On their second record, IDLES have shown that they’re growing, they’re showing off their political and poetic prowess, they are proving themselves on every track and they are, without a doubt, the most exciting band in the country right now.”

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