A match made in heaven would be an understatement for a collaboration between Brit rock legends Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and IDLES. And yet, the day has arrived, with Carter and his band of reptiles dropping ‘My Town’ featuring IDLES frontman Joe Talbot today. The story goes that after Carter caught an IDLES show, “they had a tremendous effect” on him. It follows naturally that Talbot has a place on the new track, which was premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World on BBC Radio 1.
The song, which was produced by guitarist Dean Richardson, centres on “our collective mental health falling apart,” according to Carter. The United Kingdom has been operating in a form of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic for over a year now, with Carter using a “town” as a metaphor for maintaining our health and stability. As the United Kingdom continues to struggle, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was recently forced to deny allegations that he had proposed that “bodies piled high” would be preferable to another lockdown. The frailty of public sentiment and ongoing uncertainty continue to contribute to the exhausting impact of the global health crisis.
Carter explains in more detail: “It’s easy to dissociate when it’s someone else’s problem but we are each responsible for keeping the streets clean, looking out for our fellow neighbours and acting with kindness and respect as we walk through life. We can look into this town and see the seedy underbelly, the dirt, the disdain, the undercurrent of hate and despair. And then we are reminded that My Town looks just like yours, and no one gives a fuck at all and if we don’t start looking after ourselves soon then we are all going to be in big trouble”.