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QUICKSPINS: Idles – Joy as an Act of Resistance.

English punk rock band IDLES’s latest album, Joy as an Act of Resistance, is an emotional rollercoaster, driven by socially charged lyrics and energetic instruments.

The group’s latest album, released on Aug. 31, is an expertly produced body of work in all its rawness. Staying true to the genre’s spirit and grit, this project delivers all the energy and emotion you would expect—and hope for.

From the consistent pounding drums to the unapologetic electric guitar melodies, Joy as an Act of Resistance is powerful. The only song that strays from the album’s consistent drive is “June,” which slows everything down for the listener, mid-album.

While IDLES’s themes throughout the album differ, their unifying message throughout demonstrates their awareness of today’s social issues, like immigration and sexuality.

If this album leaves you wanting more, you can check out the band at their Montreal show tonight (Sept. 18), at Théâtre Fairmount.

7.5/10

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