The IDLES are a relatively new british post-punk band that released a new album on August 31st, called Joy as an Act of Resistance. This album is amazing and I've been listening to it since it was released. It combines deeply sarcastic and symbloic lyrics with positive punk messages and the grimiest, dirtiest vocals from frontman Joe Talbot you've ever heard. The IDLES are a quintet mostly from London, and bring amazing energy to their distorted guitars and bashing drums.
They give beautiful lyrics on left-wing subjects facing the world, such as with immigration, homosexuality, Islam, and even modern romance. Joe Talbot laments about society in a bitter and biting tone throughout, only giving breaks to absurdism a few times in the 46 minute run time. The instrumentation does it's job for the most part, and the drummer just goes for it the entire album which brought a big smile to my face. It's refreshing to hear such an authentic and musically gifted band produce high-quality tracks like on Joy, and I know it'll be one of my favorites of the year. I highly recommend you listen to it, and bask in the rawness produced by this lovely band.
The Chainsmokers represent a horrid trend in music that has been prevalent since The Beatles became the world's first super-band. They produce the same dreary and lifeless records, with tons of lyrics trying to play on teenager's emotions and experiences. They conduct awful song writing with hints of "oh no he hurt me," and let teens 'relate' to the false emotions conveyed.
The Chainsmokers represent everything wrong with EDM-infused pop that permeates the top charts in recent years. Having some 'drop' in the song that tries it's hardest to get you excited about the dull, vapid music you are listening to. Everything is predictable and nothing sticks out from the regular bunch.
My name is Jacob Tutterow, a senior at North Cobb High School and Opinions Editor of our online newspaper.