IDLES, who visited Lisbon for the first time last November to present the debut album “Joy As An Act of Resistance”, with a sold out concert will play the NOS Sagres Stage on 13th July to show why they are today singled out as one of the UK’s punk rock promises.
With the new album, produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan and Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush), Joy as an Act of Resistance, points to everything from toxic masculinity, nationalism, immigration and class inequality – all while maintaining a contagious positivity ingrained.
Vocalist Joe Talbot summarises:
This album is an attempt to be vulnerable to our audience and to encourage vulnerability; a brave naked smile in this shitty new world. We have stripped back the songs and lyrics to our bare flesh to allow each other to breathe, to celebrate our differences, and act as individuals and communities forge them. Because without our community, we’d be nothing.
The second record of originals deserved the best attention from critics. The NME attributed five stars to the record, saying it is “instant classic,” while The Guardian rated it four stars and stressed that the disc is composed of “11 songs of focused, cathartic anger and rooted in their own experiences. reinforced that the IDLES are “the most needed British band”.
NOS Alive’19 continues to add big names to the poster and today there is a new confirmation for the Sagres Stage. On July 12th, CUT COPY will perform on the Algés Maritime Tour, on the same day as the previously announced Vampire Weekend (Stage NOS), Tash Sultana, Pip Blom (Sagres Stage) and Bridgetown curatorship, which features Saint Jhn , Plutonium, Le Vie, Dillaz, Trace Nova, Nubai Soundsystem and Carla Prata.
The Australians bring to Portugal their fifth album “Haiku From Zero”, released in 2107 and successor of “Free Your Mind” (2014). For the band this is undoubtedly the most diversified sound record, with an excellent production and undoubtedly the most opportune of his career. This new record has been recorded in several studios all over the world and includes such singles as “Airborne”, produced by Ben Allen (Deerhunter, Animal Collective), and “Standing in the Middle of the Field”.
Dan Whitford explains:
This album talks mainly about the current information standard, images that surround us in the day to day. Be it via the internet or the press, or just the world at large. We are bombarded by an excess of images and information that seem to accumulate around us. Sometimes it seems like an overhead, however, there is a strange random beauty around you. The title of the album comes precisely from the idea of squeezing the poetry of chaos – the idea of finding something poetic in overload.
When CUT COPY released the debut album “Bright Like Neon Love” in 2004, the Australian band entered a musical cosmos that constantly did not know what to do with them. A marriage between electro-pop aesthetics, with the sensitivity of an indie rock band, the group was not considered fish nor bird, which made them so special. Five albums later and 10 years of a brilliant career, CUT COPY managed to intelligently develop their sonorities while perfecting them. The songs on the new album are some of the most captivating and cunning songs ever recorded, while they are sonically an adventure.
According to Dan, this kind of balance that the band always sought, even when they themselves had not realised “We had modest goals at the beginning, which I think led us to surpass the ceiling that we thought was possible quite early … and things kept happening . Since then everything seems a blessing. I believe that our goals have not changed radically. We want to continue to record records and do different things. We do not want to be questioning ‘what if we had done that’. Life is short. The goal is still to try to do everything.”
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