IDLES + SURFBORT @ THE WILTERN THEATRE
Photos by Leslie Kalohi
Riding the wave of last year’s release, Joy as an Act of Resistance, IDLES brought lyrical and sonic intensity during its headlining turn. Sinister yet seductive, singer Joel Talbot’s gravelly vocals were engulfed within walls of growling guitars and equally menacing drums and bass. The result was an explosive show, with the band members frequently jumping deep into the crowd of fans to surf, sing, and play guitar.
Talbot graciously addressed fans later in the evening with heartfelt words: “Thank you so much for letting us express ourselves and do something better with our lives.” “Rottweiler,” the final song off of Joy as an Act of Resistance, and also his favorite song off the album, closed out the stellar evening.
The fast, sludgy sounds of Brooklyn’s Surfbort opened the night. Led by the quirky antics of frontwoman Dani Miller, Surfbort’s outrageous set was met with a riotous welcome that set the tone for the wild night ahead.
Never Fight a Man with a Perm
Divide and Conquer
Faith in the City
Cry to Me (Solomon Burke cover)