Today’s song, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is "Colossus" by IDLES , from the 2018 album Joy As An Act of Resistance on Partisan Records.
WRITTEN BY JASMINE ALBERTSON
PHOTO BY Lindsay Melbourne

English punks IDLES are releasing their sophomore album, Joy as an Act of Resistance, next week. The record quickly follows-up last year’s brilliant debut BRUTALISM and will be out August 31 via Partisan Records. Our song of the day, “Colossus,” is indeed a collosal track, boiling over with energy as the band tackles the subject matter of toxic masculinity. “They laugh at me when I run / I waste away for fun,” growls vocalist Joe Talbot before continuing, “I am my father’s son / his shadow weighs a ton.” The song comes with a clever video by Will Hooper that sees Talbot hide away in a laundry basket, a plastic bag, and even a cake while the rest of the band members take on some of the famous men called out in the song like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Fred Astaire, and Jesus. IDLES will be in Seattle on Saturday, October 6 to play the Sunset Tavern. Ahead of that show, the band will be live in-studio at KEXP on Thursday, October 4 at 9:30 AM PT.

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