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Idles Release A Hymn

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I don’t need to say much about this band. You know them and love/hate them already. The third album is coming in September and this is an interesting choice for the new single. It’s not a rousing chant along banger but rather an atmospheric ode to the banality of everyday existence.  

That said, you could imagine this as a singalong anthem in stadia, and Idles have already confirmed a number of really big shows for next year. Hopefully this is as close as they get to stadium rock. It would be a shame to see a band with their potential going down that route.  

Speaking of banality, the video itself follows each band member going to the shops with a parent. A bit like one of those car share shows. The lyrics are subtitled in various languages and I imagine the thrill that I felt when “D’eirigh linn” appeared will be felt by others of the dozens of languages when their own native tongue is represented on screen. Enjoy ‘A Hymn'. 

 

 

 

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Idles Share 'Great (Live At Le Bataclan)' From New Live Album

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Idles have shared a new live version of 'Great', which is taken from their highly-anticipated first-ever live album, A Beautiful Thing: Idles Live at Le Bataclan which is out now on Partisan Records.

The limited double LP edition is available across three different colours, each with their own individual artwork. All are housed in deluxe gatefold packaging, and each contains a booklet designed by Joe, featuring photographs from the show and a selection of poetry.

The album marks the end of a remarkable year for the band, which included a recent Mercury Prize nomination (and incendiary televised performance) for their critically acclaimed second album, Joy as an Act of Resistance, a top 5 official UK album chart position, an Ivor Novello award for 'Best Album', a breathtaking Glastonbury performance, a completely individual appearance on Later With... Jools Holland and a number of sold out tours across the world.

Speaking about the live album and its contents, vocalist Joe Talbot says, "Our show at Bataclan was the end of a very long journey for us. On that tour we learnt so much about ourselves, each other and the audiences we have grown with over the past 10 years. That show was nothing short of catharsis and nothing more than love. We love what we do and the people who have carried us here, there was no hiding that at Bataclan and we are so very grateful that the moment was captured in all its glory, love and fatigue. Long live the open minded and long live the moment."

Idles hasve just finished a sold out tour across the UK to celebrate the band's recent string of achievements - including their biggest headlining date yet tomorrow night at London's Alexandra Palace. All five dates went on to sell out within the first 24 hours and are the first shows to feature new material from an as-yet-untitled new album set for 2020.

A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan is out now via Partisan Records.

 

 

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