If You're A Fan Of IDLES, You NEED To Check Out These Bands

21 July 2023 | 1:37 pm | Tyson Beable
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Ahead of their 2023 Splendour In The Grass and Australian appearances, here are ten bands you need to check out if you’re a fan of IDLES.


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The post-punk landscape has been vibrantly painted with the raw, unadulterated sounds of IDLES. Their music, teeming with dynamic energy and potent social messages, has left an indelible mark on the genre. But the musical world is vast, and other bands share the same spirit as IDLES.

A word of caution before we begin; these bands may not be IDLES' doppelgängers. Each band possesses its unique sound and style, yet they all share a common thread of rebellion that will strike a chord with any IDLES aficionado.

If you're seeking an exact replica of IDLES, this list might not meet your expectations. But if you're eager to explore fresh sounds and uncover bands that are pushing punk boundaries, then this list is your gateway.

Here are ten such bands that every IDLES fan should explore:

Fontaines D.C.

Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, Fontaines D.C. have found a unique voice in punk rock with their lyrical narratives and guitar-centric melodies. Their raw energy is reminiscent of IDLES and is a must-listen for fans.

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This Canadian band is renowned for their blistering punk rock. Their sound, which is more distorted and aggressive, caters to IDLES fans seeking a heavier musical experience.

Pissed Jeans

Pissed Jeans, an American outfit, has been steadily releasing impactful punk rock since the early 2000s. Their gritty sound and confrontational lyrics make them an ideal choice for IDLES fans.


Shame, a South London band, offers a unique perspective on post-punk with their powerful, introspective sound. Their debut album, Songs Of Praise, is undoubtedly a treat for IDLES enthusiasts.

Tropical Fuck Storm

This experimental band from Australia fuses punk, art rock, and noise rock to create unique soundscapes. If you appreciate IDLES' innovative approach, Tropical Fuck Storm is worth your attention.

Viagra Boys

Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, Viagra Boys are known for their dark, energetic sound and satirical lyrics. If you appreciate the wit and energy in IDLES' songs, Viagra Boys are worth a listen.


SNASH, a punk band from Glasgow, are recognized for their high-voltage performances and sharp social commentary. Their politically charged lyrics will resonate with IDLES fans.

Barno Koevoet & The Duijmschpijkers

This band from Belgium combines a unique blend of punk and rock, coupled with their raw energy and passion, making them a must-listen for fans of IDLES.


Ditz is a band based in the British city of Brighton known for their heavy, aggressive punk sound. Their potent guitar riffs and vigorous live shows will surely captivate any IDLES fan.

Pinch Points

Having recently supported IDLES for their 2022 Australian tour (which even saw IDLES vocalist Joe Talbot rocking a shirt from this band), Melbourne's Pinch Points deliver a tightly-coiled punk sound. Their catchy tunes are infused with insightful social commentary, offering a mix of energy and intellect akin to IDLES.

In a nutshell, if you're an IDLES fan, these bands provide the same kind of unfiltered energy, thought-provoking lyrics, and powerful performances that you adore. Each carries their own unique twist on the post-punk genre, making them worthy additions to your playlist.

Splendour In The Grass takes place from 21 to 23 July at the North Byron Parklands, Wooyung, New South Wales. IDLES will also play a one-off sideshow at Melbourne’s Festival Hall on Wednesday, 26 July. You can get your last-minute tickets here.