Joy as an Act of Resistance Exhibition
“Joy is an act of resistance”; I saw the phrase and sat back awash with ecstasy. Sometimes, all your shit alines in perfect order as words touch your heart and mind in one swift kick. This album was on it’s way and we, as always, were moving forward with big old grins up front but I felt I was scrambling a bit; scrambling for words and scrambling for notions that fit where I was. We hold honesty as a paramount concern in our art but the trouble with being honest is that when you work harder to find the truth within, the more dislocated you become from...You; one can’t be themselves if one spends too much time outside looking in; and that’s exactly what I was doing on the heels of Brutalism. It wasn’t until my partner and I had our world obliterated and I felt cut in half that I realised I was nothing alone and that I was only here because of my partner and my loved ones and the band, whose love and compassion had carried us through such deep anguish. It was at that moment I realised that our “success”, so far, was down to an act of being naive and vulnerable: our own strange ugly transparency had encouraged others to be honest to themselves and in turn others and us. It is that bravery to freely express yourself that so terrifies the tyrants, as when we share each other’s pain we become stronger as communities and less reliant on our State. All we needed to do was enjoy ourselves again, not the “Idles” that we were told as a perspective of Brutalism but who we were at that exact moment; it was beautiful.
When I read the phrase “Joy is an act of resistance” I immediately knew that that was something we were gifting from the very first moment we started fucking around with each other. There was always something fearless in our band as we just laughed off the bullshit and truly loved the interactions our music created but more so we became fearless in writing exactly what we loved and stopped being fearful of judgement or being told we are just derivative or clumsy. It is now with the second album that I have realised that I needed to truly love myself in order to write this album honestly as, once again, I let go of worrying about the world telling me something that I already knew: I am completely flawed...but so are you and that’s ok. We are not alone.
This album is an attempt to be vulnerable to our audience, to encourage vulnerability; a mere brave naked smile in this shitty new world. We have stripped back the songs and the lyrics to our bare flesh to allow each other to breathe and to celebrate our differences and act as an ode to communities and the individuals that forge them because without our community, we’d be nothing.