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“Chaotic Ball of Energy”: Why IDLES Is the Best for Post-Punk

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Mark Bowen, the spastic guitarist of British-Irish band IDLES, takes a moment to consider his words before describing the band’s live shows.

“Violent. Joyous. Chaotic and cathartic. Uninhibited, but considered,” he says. Witness it for yourself on Tuesday, April 19, at Denver’s Mission Ballroom. You can’t say you weren’t warned.

IDLES’s shows have become somewhat infamous in the U.K. since the band started in 2009. Now that it has more of an international fan base, the raucous five-piece is spreading the love, including playing Coachella this year. Some U.S. outlets have called its shows “unhinged,” which makes Bowen snicker.

“Unhinged? I can see that, especially at festivals,” he says. “I like the people who aren’t expecting our show, and I guess that they see it as…

Justin Criado

2022-04-16 05:55:00

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