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im really digging the loose POST HARDCORE insanity of the BRITISH outfit IDLES, especially when it comes to the spoken word intensity of WELSH frontman JOE TALBOT. all too often it feels like BRITISH bands modify their singing voice to accommodate or pander towards a potential AMERICAN audience going back to THE BEATLES. when i hear TALBOT rant it brings me back to the best tradition of that poetic common-man deadpan lyricism of MARK E SMITH of THE FALL, IAN DURY or even SHAUN RYRDER of THE HAPPY MONDAYS.
it doesnt hurt that the group he fronts is pretty brutal. IDLES is definitely a band worth checking out.