Photos: Idles at Newport Music Hall
British rock band Idles came to the Newport Music Hall on Sunday night for a sold-out show packed full of sweat, unity and hell of a lot of noise as a massive mosh-pit jumped and screamed along to 90 minutes of singer Joe Talbot’s heart-on-his-sleeves messages of empathy.
After years of going largely unnoticed by most, Idles have had a massive couple of years recently as their tales of a broken Britain, broken humans and the power of feelings and healing catapulted the band’s most recent album, Ultra Mono, to number one and put the Bristol five-piece up there with the best bands around.
However, in the U.S., we get to see the band in the smaller and more intimate surroundings of the Newport Music Hall, where the band completely owned the stage and the crowd with a relentless set that pulled from the group’s currently released three LPs.
Opening with “Colossus,” Joe Talbot prowled the stage while the group’s other members, Mark Bowen and Lee Kierman on guitars, Adam Devonshire on bass, and Jon Beavis on drums, powered up as the song chugged along to a rapturous ending that exploded as a purposely-divided crowd came crashing into each other during the song’s final cries.
Crowd favorite “Danny Nedelko” saw Mark Bowen close out the song while surfing on top of the crowd and “Samaritans” almost blew the roof off with its massive middle section as a Talbot screamed, “I kissed a boy and I liked it!”
The evening ended with a crushing version of “Rottweiler” that featured a packed stage as opening band members joined in for one last round of crowd surfing, drum bashing and an intended feeling of love and empathy, all backed by the crushing sound of Britain’s most important band.
New York City’s moody art punks, Gustaf, opened the show.
Matt Ellis is a freelance photographer who covers bands that visit the city and the Columbus Crew MLS team. More about Matt can be found on his Instagram.
All photos by Matt Ellis