IDLES needed time. Singer Joe Talbot and bassist Adam Devonshire, founders of the Bristol group, didn’t know what they were doing at first. And they sounded terrible. Until they were joined by three other musicians and decided to stick to the basics: stripped down punk rock of the kind made by shame, Sleaford Mods and Viagra Boys today. With engaged lyrics that get to the point: ‘We don’t want to start a revolution,’ they say. ‘But we talk about politics in the pub all the time. It would be strange if we didn’t sing about it.’ Although they do know how to laugh. They’re British after all. Their debut ‘Brutalism’ (2017) is excellent, a hammer blow. ‘The right band for right now’, it was widely agreed. The new one, ‘Crawler’ (2021), proves that they can now take any creative direction they wish.