Following pop-up exhibitions in London, New York and Paris, IDLES announce today their plans to auction off all the artwork to raise money for Samaritans. The band's latest single, of the same name and inspired by the charity, has also been A-listed this week at 6 Music.
The auction will be live from 09:00 GMT on Friday 7th Dec.
The band will be staggering end times of auctions every 15 minutes from 18:00 GMT on Sunday 9th Dec.
People will be able to bid on the following work:
JAAAOR Front Cover ‘Colossus’ by Nigel Talbot ‘Never Fight a Man with a Perm’ by Robin Stewart ‘I’m Scum’ by Joe Talbot ‘Danny Nedelko’ by Tao Lashley-Burnley ‘Love Song’ by Elizabeth Cater ‘June’ by Elizabeth Cater and Joe Talbot ‘Samaritans’ by Joe Talbot ‘Television’ by Tao Lashley-Burnley ‘Great’ by Ed Barrett ‘Gram Rock’ by Orlando Weeks ‘Cry to Me’ by Huw Good ‘Rottweiler’ by Tao Lashley-Burnley ‘AAlcohol’ by Joe Talbot ‘I Dream Guillotine’ by Chris Nicholls ‘Mercedes Marxist’ by Russel Oliver Idles Centrefold by Tom Ham JAAAOR Back Cover
“We are really delighted and grateful that IDLES are auctioning this fantastic artwork, inspired by the Samaritans track, to support the service our volunteers provide for people. Hopefully it will raise awareness of what Samaritans does, and encourage people to look after their own well-being and that of their friends and family, as well as helping Samaritans to be there for people when they need it.” Samaritans has more than 20,000 volunteers in the UK and Ireland who can be contacted any time, free from any phone, on 116 123. They also provide support via email firstname.lastname@example.org or face to face support at their 201 branches. Samaritans volunteers respond to more than 5 million calls for help a year.
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IDLES’ new record 'Joy As An Act Of Resistance' debuted at no.5 in the UK charts, breaking Rough Trade’s all-time record for most pre-orders and sales in a day. It is currently the no.1 best reviewed record of 2018 (average rating of 88 across 25 reviews) at Album Of The Year and in the Top 10 on Metacritic. The band saw not only singles but the album itself A-listed at 6 Music and earned major features, amongst others, with the likes of Q, Mojo, The Guardian and covers with DIY, Loud & Quiet, So Young and NME. They’ve arrived internationally too with only last week NPR Music declaring “I am an IDLES addict. It's like mainlining an uplifting and unifying assault on nationalism, racism, intolerance, and class inequality.”
The band this week were announced as 6 Music's no.1 album of the year, won Best Breakthrough at the Q Awards last month following their Jools Holland debut which NME called “history in the making…incomparably brilliant,” likening it to Arctic Monkeys and Kanye West's first appearances on the show. Watch here. La Blogothèque also just filmed the band performing a couple ‘Joy’ standouts, watch them do stripped down versions of “I’m Scum” and “Gram Rock”.