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If ‘Joy’ was meant to detail the band’s manifesto, then band’s highly anticipated third album–‘UltraMono’-is the sound ofIDLESheading into battle, battering ram in hand, for those tenets. Sonically constructed to capture the feeling of a hip-hop record (Kenny Beatsevenhelped with programming on several tracks), the songs double down on the vitriolic sneer and blunt social commentary of their past work. Not far beneath the surface of their self-admitted sloganeering lies a deeply complex and brutally relevant album that chews up clichés and spits them out as high art for the masses. Active presence and self-acceptance also stand at the core of ‘Ultra Mono,’ with much of the songwriting done on-the-spot in the recording booth, and the phrase “I am I” serving as a lyrical and spiritual mantra throughout. Ultra Mono was received to critical acclaim across the world, gathering multiple magazine features with the likes of Les Inrocks, DIY, NY Times, The Irish Times, Rolling Stones and many more. Long-time supporter and Radio Presenter Steve Lamacq of 6music presented a full hour of programming on his radio show ‘Always Poor, Never Bored’ about IDLES journey. In addition to this, Clara Amfo of Radio 1 featured the single ‘Model Village’ as her hottest record, and Annie Mac shortlisted the same track for Hottest Record of the year 2020. During the summer of 2020, IDLES performed 3 pay-per-view shows in the legendary studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios, in London. These shows sold 10,000 tickets and was picked up for coverage byNME, Clash, Rolling Stone, Spin, DIY, and StereogumAmong all these accolades, Ultra Mono culminated in first week global sales of 75,000, catapulting them to a number 1 album in the UK, debuting at number 1 on the Billboard Emerging Artists chart,and at number 54 on the Billboard top 200Ultimately ‘Ultra Mono’ is a celebration of community, one that IDLES have been striving to build upon since their start, something bigger than themselves. As their audience grows, new fans continue to come from a sense of not belonging, together creating a diverse congregation of people that are making each other belong.