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Hear IDLES turn St Vincent’s song ‘Pay Your Way In Pain’ into a techno banger

IDLES guitarist Mark Bowen wanted to "ramp up the camp and the violence" of the original

By Charlotte Krol

Joe Talbot of IDLES and St. Vincent pose in a composite image
Joe Talbot of IDLES; St. Vincent. (Picture: Wikimedia commons/Paul Hudson; Zackery Michael)

IDLES have reimagined a St. Vincent song as a techno banger – listen to their remix of her 2021 track ‘Pay Your Way In Pain’ below.

Guitarist Mark Bowen, who helmed the remix, explained on Instagram that the intention was to “ramp up the camp and the violence” of the original song.

“It reminded me a lot of the energy of early house and techno,” he wrote alongside a snippet of the remix, “but wrapped up in this early ’70s aesthetic. I wanted to ramp up the camp and the violence in the remix but still maintain the sentiments and sensibilities of the original track.”

‘Pay Your Way In Pain’ was the first single that St. Vincent released from her sixth album, ‘Daddy’s Home’, which arrived in May.

The US multi-instrumentalist has since released a film callled ‘The Nowhere Inn’ in which she portrays a “metafictional” version of herself.

She’s also covered tracks by Metallica and The Velvet Underground, launched a ’70s-themed radio show, and announced a UK tour for 2022.

IDLES, meanwhile, released their fourth album, ‘Crawler’ last month. In a four-star review, Rolling Stone UK wrote: “IDLES have mined personal depths to craft a collection of songs that is potentially their most honest and introspective piece of work to date.

“It teems with the Bristol band’s signature grit and gravel execution, protest bangers and tongue-in-cheek disdain for the state of the world, but also sees frontman Joe Talbot intensely channeling the experiences of his own traumatic journey against addiction, personal loss and eventual renewal.”

IDLES also kick off 2022 with a run of sold-out UK and Ireland shows in January and February, including a four-night run at the O2 Academy Brixton in London.

See their tour dates in full below:


16 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
17 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
18 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
19 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
21 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
22 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
24 – Vicar Street, Dublin
25 – Vicar Street, Dublin
26 – Vicar Street, Dublin
28 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
29 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
30 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester


01 – O2 Academy, Sheffield
02 – O2 City Hall, Newcastle
03 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
4 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
5 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow