One of our absolute favourite bands of the last few years, IDLES, have been having a pretty good time of it of late. As well as being our pick of 2018, their seminal record Joy As An Act of Resistance was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and their live shows are still as intense and engaging as ever.
All good then. What’s better though is that the band are not resting on their laurels and have today shared a perfect version of their Joy track ‘Television’ recorded live at their recent show at Paris’ Le Bataclan.
The release will form part of a brand new – and the band’s first-ever – live album titled, A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan. If you’ve bought an IDLES record before you’ll know the band put a lot of time and effort into their construction and this record will be no different.
The limited-edition double LP will be available in three different colours each with their own individual artwork. They will arrive in a deluxe gatefold packaging with each record containing a booklet designed by Joe Talbot and featuring poetry and images from the show. A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan will also be available to buy on CD and as a download.
Speaking about the album, 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.”
The song the band have chosen to get this sweaty message of splendour across is the simply gorgeous song ‘Television’. One of the more empowering songs on the outstanding album, the punk tones of the track is emboldened by a self-love message which rings so loudly this day and age.
Listen below to ‘Television’ and get ready for that live album – it will be a bonafide belter