I did not know what to expect going into this one. Seriously, I know I’m months late covering this album, it took a while to get up my schedule on Patreon, but even with that time to research I had the feeling like I was going in cold. I knew a few critics I respect liked this debut, but beyond that? Not a damn clue what I was getting into, outside of the fact that these guys were from Bristol in the UK and that they made some raw, furious music, dropping their full-length debut this year after a few EPs.
And you know what? I might not cover a lot of righteously angry music, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have my days where I crank some explosive stuff and go in hard, and I am a post-punk fan. A little less of a hardcore punk fan – a scene I’m still trying to get my handle on and work my way through the backlog of essential records – but that doesn’t mean a really potent debut might not grab my attention. So what did Idles deliver with Brutalism?