IDLES have shared a new animated video for album highlight “Kill Them With Kindness”. The video, directed and designed by James Carbutt and animated by Pip Williamson, is taken from their current release Ultra Mono, which is now available via Partisan Records (Fontaines DC). The band’s new video follows the release of other “Ultra Mono” “War”, “Mr. Motivator”, “Grounds”, “A Hymn” and “Model Village”, the latter accompanied by an animated music video directed by Michel Gondry (Daft Punk, Radiohead, The White Stripes) and Olivier Gondry.
James Carbutt on the video for “Kill Them With Kindness:”
“The dingy pub setting in the film is based on the Working Men’s Clubs of my hometown (Barnsley). It was nice to imagine IDLES bursting in and spreading a message of love. During our research we discovered that no two Wetherspoons carpets are the same, they are all unique like snowflakes, so yeah making this film was a wild ride.”
IDLES are preparing to make their much-anticipated live return in the UK and Ireland with tour dates across May and June 2021. The tour will see the band joined by the likes Jehnny Beth, Anna Calvi, Cate le Bon, Sinead O Brien, Big Joanie, Witch Fever, Shopping and wych elm. Dates here: idlesband.com
Recorded in Paris and produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire) and Adam ‘Atom’ Greenspan (Anna Calvi, Cut Copy), with Kenny Beats (FKA Twigs, DaBaby, Vince Staples) providing additional programming. Ultra Mono also features guest vocals from Jehnny Beth (Savages), and additional guest contributions from Warren Ellis (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), David Yow, and Jamie Cullum.