100 Greatest Songs of the 2010’s #15 Idles – 1049 Gotho

Released : 2017

Live, Joe Talbot is unafraid to hold back when introducing this song, happy to reveal it was written about his brother’s battle with depression. Standing aside from much of the other material on their debut album Brutalism, 1049 Gotho is colder, the most hardcore track on it, the band’s double guitar attack scraping around the walls of the cell that the condition frequently locks sufferers into.

“I swam inside his head – and this is what he said” Talbot chants, a journey about looking for answers when the questions aren’t even clear. Stark and bold, amongst the weight of essential listening the quintet have made since coming up above the surface, this remains the most affecting.

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