IDLES: “The ability level of what we do is not out of reach of anyone. That’s the best thing. It’s just the use of pedals, the sonics and the timing”

IDLES: [L-R] Joe Talbot, Adam Devonshire, Mark Bowen, Lee Kiernan (Image credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Most of us would be happy never to hear the word ‘lockdown’ again, but the UK’s most exciting guitar band have made the best out of a bad situation. Forced to abandon their usual approach to writing, IDLES found a new way of working - and discovered entirely new sounds in the process. The result is a brilliant new album, Crawler.

Less than a year since Total Guitar spoke to them about the hit album Ultra Mono, guitarists Lee Kiernan and Mark Bowen are back with even bigger pedalboards and an even more ambitious sound. But this story starts with the band’s members scattered across the globe, separated by Covid-19.

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