IDLES Left Every Inch of Themselves On Stage At This Ain’t No Picnic Thoughts+Photos: IDLES at This Ain't No Picnic 8/28/22
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“…Next on stage was IDLES, another band that my editor loves, and the band that the man sitting next to me came to see that afternoon. I was interested to see what they had in store. Their show helped me realize a few things about hardcore rockers that I had perhaps forgotten in recent years.
First, no one loves their own music genre more than the hardcore crowd, performers included. The music does not allow for detachment by definition. Hardcore performers leave every inch of themselves on the stage. Audience members always lose themselves in the music. Everyone screams and slams their bodies together as a way to dig through the rough topsoil of everyday life to reach the soft earth of love underneath, their fingers and bodies bloodied in the process.
Second, hardcore fans are by and large total softies. There is real care for the people around them and while IDLES often splits the crowd in two so that they can run into each other in a fury mid-show when they observed that some decidedly not hardcore fans were in the front row (waiting for Phoebe Bridgers who was on next), they instead reminded the crowd to take care of each other and thanked the security staff that watched out for the decidedly bewildered and unintentional spectators.
As the show approached its end the crowd began to shift as it is want to do, everyone trying to see their next favorite band in and among very tight set times. The man next to me, clearly a massive fan of the IDLES, was incensed to see people actually leaving. I could not help but smile at the not-so-subtle fandom behind the statement…”
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