“Fucking livid,” said Joe Talbot, clearly not 100 per cent happy with his vocal performance during the first of three livestreamed gigs from the world famous Abbey Road Studios.
“Sorry about the lack of chit-chat but I am inconsolably nervous.”
Understandably so, because these were the Bristol band’s first live performances for months and they were being broadcast live from west London to an audience across the globe.
“It’s been a very strange time for everyone,” Talbot added on Saturday evening. “This feels like we’re under the microscope.”
By the end of the first stream, however, Idles had got into their stride. And by the end, Talbot was lying prostrate on the carpet in the centre of the room and Lee Kiernan had smashed his guitar.
This being Abbey Road, the recording studio that the Beatles made famous, a cover by the Fab Four was expected – and Idles obliged with their own version of Helter Skelter, with Placebo’s Pure Morning thrown in for good measure.
Reptilia by the Strokes was also covered, but these shows were mostly a chance for the band to showcase their own back catalogue as well as tracks from third album Ultra Mono, due to be released in September.
Watch all three of Idles’ Lock In Sessions at Abbey Road until 11pm on September 2 at store.livefrom.events/collections/idles
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