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IDLES share “Mercedes Marxist,” announce fall dates with Preoccupations


IDLES have a new single, “Mercedes Marxist,” which is a song that came from the same sessions as last year’s Joy As an Act of Resistance. “‘Mercedes Marxist’ was a strange beast for us, after ‘Rottweiler,’ it was the first song we wrote for Joy as an Act of Resistance,” says frontman Joe Talbot. “I was pissed off at what I was and where I was: I was sofa surfing on the weekends and spending the weeks looking after my mum. My life balance was way off and this song reflects just how useless I felt. It was me at my worst and without any buoyancy it became catharsis. It was the last splurge from Brutalism so we omitted it. I like it now.” The single will be out as a 7″ on August 2 but you can listen now below.

The band are on tour now in North America, and play a sold-out show with Fontaines D.C. at NYC’s Brooklyn Steel on Friday (5/10). They’ve just announced more tour dates, including a fall run with Preoccupations that includes another NYC show on October 17 at Terminal 5. (Fall dates are around their appearance at ACL 2019.) Tickets for the T5 show go on sale Friday, May 10 at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/8) at 10 AM.

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08 May 2019 / Albany, NY / Jupiter Hall*
10 May 2019 / Brooklyn, NY / Brooklyn Steel* (SOLD OUT)
11 May 2019 / Washington, DC / Rock & Roll Hotel* (SOLD OUT)
12 May 2019 / Washington, DC / Rock & Roll Hotel* (SOLD OUT)
14 May 2019 / Cleveland, OH / Beachland Ballroom* (SOLD OUT)
16 May 2019 / Kansas City, MO / recordBar* (SOLD OUT)
17 May 2019 / Dallas, TX / The Curtain Club* (SOLD OUT)
18 May 2019 / Austin, TX / Barracuda* (SOLD OUT)
20 May 2019 / Phoenix, AZ / Valley Bar* (SOLD OUT)
21 May 2019 / San Diego, CA / Belly Up* (SOLD OUT)
22 May 2019 / Los Angeles, CA / The Fonda* (SOLD OUT)
24 May 2019 / San Francisco, CA / Great American Music Hall* (SOLD OUT)
25 May 2019 / San Francisco, CA / Great American Music Hall* (SOLD OUT)
27 May 2019 / Portland, OR / Wonder Ballroom* (SOLD OUT)
28 May 2019 / Seattle, WA / Neumo’s* (SOLD OUT)
29 July 2019 / Detroit, MI / El Club#
30 July 2019 / Toronto, ON / Danforth Music Hall#
02 Aug 2019 / Chicago, IL / Lollapalooza
03 Aug 2019 / Minneapolis, MN / First Avenue#
07-06 Oct + 11-13 Oct – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
07 Oct 2019 / San Diego, CA / Observatory North Park^
08 Oct 2019 / Los Angeles, CA / The Wiltern^
10 Oct / San Francisco, CA / The Fillmore^
14 Oct / Washington, DC / 930 Club%
15 Oct / Philadelphia, PA / Union Transfer %
16 Oct / Boston, MA / Royale %
17 Oct / New York, NY / Terminal 5%

* w/ Fontaines D.C.
#w/ A Place To Bury Strangers
^w/ Surfbort
%w/ Preoccupations

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