a/s/l: IDLES

Remember the days of the old schoolyard? Remember when Myspace was a thing? Remember those time-wasting, laborious quizzes that everyone used to love so much? Birthday Cake For Breakfast is bringing them back! 

Every couple of weeks, an unsuspecting band will be subject to the same old questions about dead bodies, Hitler, crying and crushes.  

This week: Joe Talbot, front man in the raucous IDLES!

(Photo Credit: K Behan Photography)

(Photo Credit: K Behan Photography)


Have you ever seen a dead body?

Who is your favourite Simpsons character?
Bleedin Gums Murphy.

What T-Shirt are you wearing?
‘Are those Pissed Jeans you’re wearing?’ – no lie, it’s been covered up all day as I’m a support worker.

What did your last text message say?
The Tate, The Tate Modern, The National Portrait Gallery, The National Gallery, The Saatchi Gallery.

What’s the last song you listened to?
I’m Scum’ – Idles Demo

How did you meet the people in your band?

What’s the first record you bought?
Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde – The Pharcyde (Ed – Yes mate!)

What was your favourite VHS growing up?
Dirty Dancing.

When was the last time you cried?
New Years eve, my gran died.

Have you ever kissed someone & regretted it?

Best Physical Feature?

Worst physical feature?

Reasonably ok/not bad feature that you’re not fussed about?

Do you have any pets?

Ever picked up any injuries on tour?
I got fissures in my ass and lost a tooth.

What did you do for your last birthday?
I worked a 12 hour shift and then drank.

Name something you CANNOT wait for?
Our tour in March.

Do you have a crush on someone?

What’s the shittest experience you’ve had as a musician?
Supporting cunts who look bored on stage.

If you could go back in time, how far would you go?
New Year’s Day lock-in at the Old Duke that lasted three days.

How do you want to die?
Peacefully and content.

What’s your favourite thing about pizza?

What are you craving right now?
A time machine.

Have you ever been on a horse?
I’ve been on a pony and it was fucking terrifying.

What did you dream about last night?
Fuck knows.

If you could go back in time and kill the baby Hitler, would you?
Nah. What if it was baby Chaplin and you just got them mixed up??

Do you like Chinese food?
I do not at all. It’s greasy and normally a bit gawky and I hate the way people always say “it’s COMPLETELY different to Chinese food in China”, I’m sure they have quite a few similarities. It’s unlikely that a fuck loads of Chinese immigrants all collectively decided to pretend their national food is actually COMPLETELY different.

Have you ever been on TV?

Ever meet someone famous?
Since doing the band, yes before that, I’d only met strong man Geoff Capes at Haven Holiday camp.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

‘Brutalism’, the debut album from IDLES is out March 10th!
Listen to ‘Stendhal Syndrome’ and ‘Well Done’ and a host of other 2K17 BNGRZ in our Now Playing playlist!

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