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Watch IDLES Probe the Depths of Addiction on ‘Colbert’

U.K. group storms through ‘Crawl!’ as short-notice replacement for Spoon

Filling in on short notice for Spoon, who were forced to cancel due to COVID-19 exposure, IDLES made their debut appearance on CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” last night (April 14) with a powerful performance of “Crawl!” from their latest Partisan album, CRAWLER.

The performance was taped during a February concert at Glasgow’s Barrowlands and captures IDLES’ signature intensity, with frontman Joe Talbot prowling the stage with his eyes closed and growling out lyrics inspired by his own struggles with addiction.

“It’s a good anthem for me to discuss with people who aren’t on the other side or who aren’t sober,” Talbot said of the song when CRAWLER was announced last year. “You’re not the best version of you and you need to hold yourself accountable for your addictions and who you’re letting down. But it doesn’t mean you’re a bad person.”

IDLES perform today at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and have international tour dates on tap through early November.