Pale Saints – The Comforts Of Madness – 30th Anniversary Remaster

Pale Saints – The Comforts Of Madness (30th Anniversary Remaster): Limited Edition Clear Vinyl


Deluxe double CD & LP formats include unreleased demos & 1989 John Peel Session.

On the eve of a post-Thatcherite Britain, the Pale Saints, alongside the likes of Lush, Ride and Slowdive, were ushering in a new wave of British indie. And in 4AD, they found a perfect home for their music – an exciting & undeniable meld of noise and dream-pop.

And I was regularly driving minibus loads of excitable York students down to Leeds to watch them. My first regular contact with fanzine culture. And then they supported The Darling Buds (or was it vice versa?), oh the excitement!

Their debut album, The Comforts of Madness, didn’t disappoint, now standing as one of the best of its era. Pitchfork placed it in their Best 50 Shoegaze Albums Of All Time saying, “There’s a restless urgency, particularly when the volume swells and the rhythms intensify. That energy not only keeps (it) vital, it emphasizes Pale Saints’ inventiveness, how they channelled softness and rage into something distinctive.”

Nearly 30 years on and The Comforts of Madness is finally getting the reissue treatment. Having been remastered, a faithful LP repress on black vinyl is being released as well as double CD and double clear vinyl editions, both of which come with a bonus disc of previously unreleased demos and the band’s only John Peel Session, recorded in 1989.

The Comforts of Madness reissue is now available for pre-order.

The Comforts of Madness: 30th Anniversary Remaster:

Disc one:

1. Way The World Is
2. You Tear The World In Two
3. Sea of Sound
4. True Coming Dream
5. Little Hammer
6. Insubstantial
7. A Deep Sleep For Steven
8. Language of Flowers
9. Fell From The Sun
10. Sight Of You
11. Time Thief

Disc two:

1. Sight Of You (Original Woodhouse Studio Version) *
2. Way The World Is (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
3. Language of Flowers (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
4. You Tear The World In Two (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
5. Fell From The Sun (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
6. A Deep Sleep For Steven (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
7. Time Thief (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
8. Sea of Sound (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
9. Insubstantial (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
10. Little Hammer (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
11. True Coming Dream (Woodhouse Studio LP demo) *
12. She Rides The Waves (John Peel Show version) *
13. You Tear The World In Two (John Peel Show version) *
14. Way The World Is (John Peel Show version) *
15. Time Thief (John Peel Show version) *

* Previously unreleased

People Don’t Protest Enough – timely new single from Catholic Action

CATHOLIC ACTION share new single
People Don’t Protest Enough

New album Celebrated by Strangers released on March 27th via Modern Sky

Listen HERE


When Catholic Action re-emerged last month with the single One Of Us, it was met with a fevered response. Instantly finding a wealth of support from Annie Mac and Jack Saunders on Radio 1, Huw Stephens on 6 Music, John Kennedy on Radio X, and hitting #1 on the Amazing Radio chart, it picked up further attention at NME, DIY, Clash, The Line of Best Fit, Dork and the Independent – as well as additions on Spotify playlists including New Music Friday and The Indie List. One Of Us marked an urgent and frenetic return. Having just wrapped up a headline UK tour, playing material from forthcoming new album Celebrated by Strangers for the first time, they are also among the first names to be announced for SXSW 2020.

Photo credit Gemma Dagger​ | 

Today, Catholic Action are sharing new single People Don’t Protest Enough. Where One Of Us took aim at the billionaire-owned media and their Bullingdon Club ilk, newly launched single People Don’t Protest Enough is a call to organise, as lead singer and guitarist Chris McCrory outlines; “This is Casiotone for the politically marginalised. This is Krautrock for a progressive, positive future. And most importantly, this is a timely reminder that there are more of us than there are of them. People need to organise. Put down your phone, take your fingers out of your genitals and get on the streets – It really works. People Don’t Protest Enough.”


New album Celebrated By Strangers is release March 27th via Modern Sky Records. Pre-order the album HERE.

Upcoming live dates

March 11-15 – The New Colossus Festival, NYC, USA
March 13-22 – SXSW, TX, USA
May 02 – Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool, UK
May 03 – Hit The North, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
May 08 – St Lukes, Glasgow, UK

Celebrated By Strangers track listing

1. Grange Hell (South London In D)
2. Witness
3. I’m No Artist
4. One Of Us
5. Yr Old Dad
6. And It Shows
7. People Don’t Protest Enough
8. Another Name For Loneliness
9. Sign Here
10. There Will Always Be A Light
11. Four Guitars (For Scottish Independence)

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The Undertones ‘Best Of’ released on vinyl in February with UK tour

On February 28th 2020, BMG are pleased to announce the release of The Undertones ‘West Bank Songs 1978-1983 – A Best Of’, featuring 30 tracks from their original recording period, 1978-1983. Compiled by the band.
Available as a double LP with 2x140g coloured vinyl discs with gatefold sleeve, the release features 7 top 40 hits (including 4 top 20s): ‘Teenage Kicks’, ‘My Perfect Cousin’, ‘Here Comes the Summer’, ‘Jimmy Jimmy’, ‘You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It!)’, ‘Wednesday Week’, ‘It’s Going to Happen!’ plus the Kevin Shields 2016 remix of ‘Get Over You’. Mastered from HD master sources under the supervision of Undertones guitarist Damian O’Neill, the tracks are taken from the band’s 4 critically acclaimed original studio LP’s; ‘The Undertones’ (1979), ‘Hypnotised’ (1980), ‘Positive Touch’ (1981) and ‘The Sin of Pride’ (1983).
With LP artwork inspired the Rolling Stones’ ‘Aftermath’ – an important influence on the band, ‘West Bank Songs’ also features a 12-page booklet, including rare and previously unseen photos, with new notes written by Undertones bassist Michael Bradley. The gatefold sleeve includes excerpts from the Faber & Faber book ‘Fried & Justified: Hits, Myths, Break-Ups and Breakdowns in the Record Business 1978-98’ by Mick Houghton.
Pre-order link here
The Undertones emerged from Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974, the result of five friends learning how to play basic rock and roll. Even by the standards of that decade, Derry was not the rock and roll capital of anywhere and with no live bands worth watching, they learned their trade by listening to mail order records, reading one of the few copies of NME that made it to Derry but most of all from listening to John Peel’s show on BBC Radio One.
Practicing in their bedrooms eventually led to the band recording ‘Teenage Kicks’ in 1978 on Terri Hooley’s Good Vibrations label in Belfast. A copy was sent to the legendary DJ John Peel and he liked the track so much he played it twice in a row on his radio show!
Eventually signing to Sire Records, ‘Teenage Kicks’ was re-released, resulting in the band’s first appearance on Top of the Pops.  Over the next five years, John O’Neill, his younger brother Damian, Feargal Sharkey, Billy Doherty and Michael Bradley crafted numerous punkpop gems and would go on to release 13 singles and 4 studio LP’s, before disbanding in May 1983.
The Undertones re-formed in 1999 with singer Paul McLoone, subsequently recorded 2 new LP’s and have been touring regularly ever since. They played Glastonbury Festival in June 2005, recently marked their 40th anniversary, and have just completed a 46 date, 2019 world tour.
1. You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use t!)
2. Male Model
3. Hypnotised
4. Billy’s Third
5. The Way Girls Talk
6. True Confessions
7. Wednesday Week
8. (She’s A) Runaround
9. There Goes Norman
1. Teenage Kicks
2. Tearproof
3. Jump Boys
4. The Love Parade
5. Soul Seven
6. Girls Don’t Like It
1. Jimmy Jimmy
2. When Saturday Comes
3. Julie Ocean
4. My Perfect Cousin
5. Family Entertainment
6. Beautiful Friend
7. I Know A Girl
1. Get Over You’ (Kevin Shields Remix 2016)
2. Girls That Don’t Talk
3. Forever Paradise
4. Here Comes The Summer
5. It’s Going To Happen
6. Bittersweet
7. You’re Welcome
8. Listening In
Upcoming shows:
07/05/2020 – Boiler Shop, Newcastle Tickets on sale here Wednesday 4th December 10am
08/05/2020 – Academy 2, Manchester Tickets on sale here Wednesday 4th December 10am
09/05/2020 – O2 Academy, Liverpool Tickets on sale here Wednesday 4th December 10am
15/05/2020 – Roadmender, Northampton Tickets on sale here Wednesday 4th December 10am
17/05/2020 – Electric Ballroom, London Tickets on sale here Wednesday 4th December 10am
22/05/2020 – Leadmil, Sheffield Tickets on sale here Wednesday 4th December 10am
23/05/2020 – Earlham Park ‘Lets Rock Norwich’ (1pm show) Tickets on sale now here
23/05/2020 – Stone Valley South Festival, Hertfordshire (9pm show) Tickets on sale now here
24/05/2020 – Bearded Theory Festival, Walton-on Trent, England Tickets on sale now here
04/06/2020 – Y Plas (Student Union), Cardiff Tickets on sale here Wednesday 4th December 10am
05/06/2020 – Cheese & Grain, Frome Tickets on sale here Wednesday 4th December 10am
06/08/2020 – Rebellion Festival, The Winter Gardens, Blackpool Tickets on sale now here
Special guest all dates (except Sheffield): Hugh Cornwell Electric
Special guest Sheffield: Neville Staple Band

ADWAITH Win Welsh Music Prize 2019


Win Welsh Music Prize 2019

For their debut album ‘Melyn‘ on Libertino Records

Photo credit: The Shoot
Welsh-language post-punk trio Adwaith have won the Welsh Music Prize 2019 for their debut album Melyn.

With the prize in its 9th year, the Carmarthen band comprised of Hollie SingerGwenllian Anthony and Heledd Owen follow in the footsteps of previous prize winners Gruff Rhys, Gwenno and Boy Azooga in lifting the award.

Announcing the winner at The Coal Exhange, Cardiff, Welsh radio DJ Huw Stephens said, “Adwaith have made a real impact with their personal, beautiful music that captures what it’s like to be young, female, frustrated and bewildered at the world we live in.”

Their latest Double A-Side single Orange Sofa / Byd Ffug was released last week, offering a pair of blustery autumnal anthems that leave the listener eagerly anticipating the future follow up to ‘Melyn’ with giddy, bated breath.

Live Dates:
Friday 13th December – Plan B, Caerfyrddin/Carmarthen
January 10th – 12th – Rockaway Beach 2020, Butlin’s Bognor Regis
May 7th – 9th – Focus Wales 2020, Wrexham

Watch the video for ‘Y Diweddaraf’ – Taken from Melyn


Award ceremony shots credit: Joe Singh

Melyn artwork:

Praise for Melyn:

“a work of uncompromising post-punk flair” – Clash

“The most constantly exciting and evolving new Welsh band around” – God Is In The TV

“one of the best debut albums by ANY band of recent memory” – Louder Than War


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Remastered ‘Petrol’ and video precedes Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years Of Ash

Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years Of Ash

Released February 14th 2020 via BMG

European tour through Feb / March 2020

Following the recent announcement of their career spanning, Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years Of Ash, the Irish trio are pleased to share a brand new video montage for Petrol. The track, originally released in 1994, was part of the early triumvirate of classic singles – alongside Jack Names The Planets and Uncle Pat – all of which were included on the band’s mini-album Trailer.

Written by the band’s primary songwriter, singer and guitarist Tim Wheeler – one of a batch of songs composed whilst in his mid-teens and still at school – the nascent trio were invited on tour by Elastica for their first major dates across the UK, including a debut show at London’s Astoria Theatre that was to be witness to some of their finest moments over the years.

An early live favourite, Petrol still retains its place in the band’s live set whilst proving to be a mere dip in the ocean in terms of what Wheeler and Ash would later attain in terms of Top Ten singles and Number One albums. Whether as the original three-piece or as a quartet, with the addition of guitarist Charlotte Hatherley in 1997, the track remains pivotal in the band’s career and this montage includes original footage of the band from that period and the anticipation of what was to come…

Teenage Wildlife documents the recorded output, both the hits and lesser known gems from their twenty-five years as a band whilst highlighting one of the era’s most accomplished and enduring songwriters.

Curated by the band, Teenage Wildlife:25 Years Of Ash features Tim Wheeler (vocals, guitar), Mark Hamilton (bass), Rick McMurray (drums) and Charlotte Hatherley (guitar).

Pre-order Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years Of Ash here

The release of Teenage Wildlife will be accompanied by extensive live itinerary throughout Europe and Scandinavia, re-visiting many of the towns, cities and venues they have previously played over the years. Dates are as follows:


21 Aeronef Club LILLE, FR
22 Botanique Rotonde BRUSSELS, BE
25 Universum STUTTGART, DE
26 Gebaude 9 COLOGNE, DE
28 Mascotte ZURICH, CH


01 Strom MUNICH, DE
03 Futurum PRAGUE, CZ
04 Hydrozagadka WARSAW,PL
05 Bi Nuu BERLIN, DE
07 Bar Brooklyn STOCKHOLM, SE
08 Vulkan OSLO, NO
10 Hulen BERGEN, NO
14 Knust HAMBURG, DE
15 Paradiso Noord AMSTERDAM, NL
17 Stylus LEEDS University, UK
18 O2 Academy NEWCASTLE, UK
24 O2 Academy BRISTOL, UK
25 Pyramids PORTSMOUTH, UK
27 The Roundhouse LONDON, UK

28 Gibus Club PARIS, FR
31 Razzmataazz 2 BARCELONA, ES


01 Kafe Antzokia BILBAO, ES
02 Joy Eslava MADRID, ES

Ticket information

Photo credit: Scarlet Page.

Curated by the band, Teenage Wildlife:25 Years Of Ash features Tim Wheeler (vocals, guitar), Mark Hamilton (bass), Rick McMurray (drums) and Charlotte Hatherley (guitar).

2 LP standard / 2 LP Lenticular release

Side A:
A Life Less Ordinary
Darkest Hour Of The Night
Kung Fu
You Can’t Have It All

Side B:
Girl From Mars
Wild Surf
Shining Light

Side C:
Burn Baby Burn
Dare To Dream

Side D:
Oh Yeah
Angel Interceptor
Jesus Says
Jack Names The Planets​

2 CD Standard release / Lenticular 3 CD inc Rarities collection **

Disc 1:
A Life Less Ordinary
Darkest Hour Of The Night
Kung Fu
You Can’t Have It All
Girl From Mars
All That I Have Left
Wild Surf
Uncle Pat
Shining Light
Return Of White Rabbit
Coming Around Again

Disc 2:
Burn Baby Burn
Dare To Dream
Oh Yeah
Confessions In The Pool
True Love 1980
Angel interceptor
Jesus Says
End Of The World
Walking Barefoot
Jack Names The Planets
Twilight Of The Innocents

Disc 3:**
Here Comes The Music
Teenage Wildlife
I Shall Not Die
Skullful Of Sulphur
Teenage kicks
Seventh Circle
Everybody’s Happy Nowadays
Chinese New Year
Wasted On You
Comet Tempel 1
Heroin, Vodka, White Noise
New Tattoo
When I’m Tired

Photo credit: Scarlet Page

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Under the radar, over the rainbow, over the moon : MOSES, BUGEYE, The Pagans, The C33s, The Novus, Smiley and the Underclass

Under the radar, over the rainbow, over the moon…
MOSES, BUGEYE, The Pagans, The C33s, The Novus, Smiley and the Underclass

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MOSES new single, ‘You Need L’ (AntiFragile Music*) swelling an impressive monthly listnership at Spotify and playlists. Video filmed by Charles Edelweiss. Live in session and interview with John Kennedy on Radio X last night. Tonight 22/11, they headline The Water Rats in Kings Cross (9.45pm) with Family Jools (8.50pm), Hive Mentality (8pm) and friends. FFO Alternative Rock anthems.

Art by Ana Ban Ana
BUGEYE release ‘Electric’ 29th November launched that night when CroCroLand’s touring arm, ‘As The Cro Cro Flies’ lands at Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney. They’ve also just signed to Reckless Yes and even the venue has something to celebrate. Fullest news and 2020 debut album information. FFO Feminist Fun Disco Punk.
New band image by Julia Woolams
The Pagans S.O.H. (Shepherds Of Humanity) Recently played on BBC 6 Music and in conversation on Radio 4, they play a triple headline single launch party with MeMe Detroit and Huds at Birmingham Sunflower Lounge on 30th November. Their #PaganPilgrimage join CABBAGE, The Blinders and more for #SocialistSunday on 1st December in Manchester. FFO Rock’n’Soul Word
Image by Kirk Hendrix Whitehouse
The C33s are picking up sizzling feedback for their latest single and video ‘Resurrection Men’. They’ve also picked up radio play from BBC6Music, Radio X and BBC Introducing! Fresh from being a pick at Off The Record music conference last week, they’ve been confirmed for two Festivals – Live At Leeds and Hit The North in May 2020! FFO The B52s, The Cramps, Garage Punk
Art by Judy Jones of The C33s
The Novus are a youth powered, art politico-rock sensation living out their Post Modern Fairytale. Watch the video for new single, ‘PMF’, here. They recently staged (100% DIY – built the stage, lights, everything)  2019’s craziest punk gig in a Digbeth Warehouse. Ringleaders of a ridiculous lit Midlands scene, they headline the buzz-city, Birmingham, leg of This Feeling’s Big In 2020 shows on January 24th. Rightly so. Free London gig 28th November. MORE news imminent.
Art by Tyler Challenger of The Novus
Smiley & The Underclass are fresh from a 100% DIY tour of Japan. No agent, manager, funding etc. No problem. A favourite of Extinction Rebellion events, they really do bring the #PunkyReggaeParty live and their Wonderclass following grows. New single on the horizon. “The Dub Clash”.
TheZineUK documentary – latest  ‘Unity – Creativity’s Civilisation Blueprint’ includesYanaFest and CroCroLand. Plus, another great year for Kick Out The Jams co-promotions. Then #TheMusicPeopleParty returns on 17th December starring Couples, The Rezner, The Dabhands and DJ Nineties Mike at The Camden Monarch.
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Out 29th November on True Friend Tapes


“If Canada’s Single Mothers had grown up in Northampton and listened to Rites Of Spring and The Libertines in equal measure, then they may have actually turned out to be BLOOD-VISIONS”
KERRANG!“BLOOD-VISIONS locate the sense of community and outsider camaraderie that allows DIY communities like theirs to exist.”
To see BLOOD-VISIONS live is to see lead vocalist Joss Carter, the usually reserved, self-confessed depressive, come to life in a burst of movement and un-paralleled energy; the vocalist possesses an extraordinary ability to unite a room of strangers and friends alike in a sweaty mess of pure joy and kindred spirit. The emerging band, championed by Radio 1 Rock Show’s Daniel P Carter, have shared a brand new single, the second taken from their forthcoming self-titled EP to be released on their new label True Friend Tapes on 29th November.‘F.G.S’ (F*ckGnarShit to use its full title) is a hurtling indie-punk assault, with a surprising subject matter. Whilst the EP tackles suffocation and exasperation in relation to being a young person in a small Midlands factory town with a lack of prospects, ‘F.G.S’ is a tribute to Carter’s cat, who he says relieves his depression. “I wrote the lyrics to this song after I complained to my girlfriend that everything that I write is depressing. She suggested I just think of something that made me happy and so write down as much as I possibly can about that. So obviously I started writing about hanging out with my cat, Susan. She’s ginger and has one ragged ear.”

He continues; “We realised that we could just write punk songs about what we knew. Why posture and pretend we haven’t driven in to Wellingborough for the fifth night running, thinking “fuck this place and the job I come here for?” That’s the stuff I find to be worthy of writing songs about because it’s a visceral reaction to something.”

Taking cues from classic US punk, BLOOD-VISIONS conversely remain a British alt-punk outfit at their core with little regard for convention or desire to slot into a conveyor line of cookie-cutter punk bands that take themselves too seriously. A live BLOOD-VISIONS show is something to behold – never the same twice, never conforming to pre-conceived expectations of a young punk band and always bristling with excitement and energy.
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Inder Paul Sandhu releases ‘The Colindale Tape’ inspired by Lenny Kravitz, Prince and Amy Winehouse

“‘Inderpaul Sandhu, the unpredictable song writer, vocalist, rapper and fashion designer from East London. Creatively on the edge of parable-tic lyrics, from charming rap flows to smooth soulful rock. From his break-through international award-winning rap single “Money Ain’t A Thing” to his sophomore soulful project “Bloom, from which DJ Sharad picked up the monster single “Compromise” for the Pharrell Williams & Adidas Holi mixtape. BBC playlisted three times with each of his major releases. Bobby Friction describes his songs as “emotionally intelligent” and “ear-wormy”. Inder Paul’s instagram fans are anticipating his next carnation in the rumored title “The Colindale Tape”. Catch his insta-story and you will notice a new sound, his incredible band, packed out shows and exclusive studio sessions.’

  1. What inspired your latest song

‘Letter To Self’ – In my personal reflection I realised I had fallen into a very bad habit of writing off a whole day, week or month just because of 1 or 2 bad events that took place or even words that were said to me. Which is ludicrous. When I sing ‘Letter to self, It was just a bad day and not a bad life’ I’m taking my own personal assessment even deeper. Self talk is a real thing and also a very present thing because it’s ongoing. When a friend of mine or loved one is hurting I try to be there for them, help them see straight, show them love and all that good stuff you know ? … I can be very caring and empathetic towards others but not myself, again ludicrous. Theres usually two ways I can reconcile my surroundings and the people in it, 1. For what and who they really are or 2. For what and who I tell myself they really are. I challenged myself in the way I perceived things and in doing that I am able to get others to do the same.  It’s just crazy how unkind we can be to ourselves but maybe that’s what the majority of us are used too? Or think we deserve. Self talk is so important man, because when your in that black hole in your mind sometimes it’s only you that can pull yourself out of that hole. You gotta be the person YOU need for YOU!

2. What can we expect next from you? 

So the above song is actually off my next project which I refer to proudly as ‘The Colindale Tape’ a 5 track tape that’s out on the 16th of January. By far my best vocals and visuals to date. Accompanied by three music videos which my Director John Ross Courage and friends worked tirelessly on. The production is dope and that’s because of my co producers Calvin The Food Audio and David Kent, they really put a lot of blood, sweat and tears  into this tape. I just can’t wait for the world to hear track 3 because I haven’t been that vulnerable in a very long time. I think it’s magic and in the words of Bobby Friction it’s ‘Emotionally Intelligent’.


Every release this artist manages to express him self in a different style whilst completely owning the genre he chooses to paint his song with.

What we have here ladies and gentlemen is the latest addition to Inder Paul’s repertoire. ‘The Colindale Tape’ Silky smooth vocals with the right amount of husk and gravel poured over them coming out of the face of an Indian, East Londoner. Inder Paul’s sound is just as enigmatic as him self.

Lenny Kravitz, Prince and Amy Winehouse are a few of the names he has been told his sound is reminiscent of but when asked who his biggest inspiration was regarding this new sound Inder Paul said it’s actually his mother….’She’s got the voice of an angel, she just didn’t have the opportunities I now do. Life was different for her’
‘This tape came out of such an ugly season, but that why I love music and our ability to
create. For as long as we are able to create in our own respectable and individual
ways…things aren’t as bad as they seem. I didn’t hold back on this one at all’”





Photo credit: Lindsay Melbourne


Today, IDLES have shared a new live version of ‘Television’, which is taken from their highly-anticipated first-ever live album ‘A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan’.

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

“A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan” will also be available to buy on CD and as a download.

The album follows a recent Mercury Prize nomination (and incendiary televised performance) for their critically acclaimed second album “Joy as an Act of Resistance”, and celebrates a landmark couple of years for the band with 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. IDLES were also recently chosen for Apple’s ongoing Shot On iPhone campaign, with billboards up now across the globe.

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.”


Speaking about the track and the album, guitarist Mark Bowen also says, “Show #162,378 of 2018. The final show of the first Joy as an Act of Resistance tour. We love playing live, every show, but there is a lot of bullshit that comes with touring so rigorously.

There was an impending sense of freedom in the room. That night was catharsis in a bottle, a rage and camaraderie that can only be obtained by spending 3 and a 1/2 months on a bus/van with 8 other people you have already spent way too much time with. That can only be obtained by the presence of a receptive, understanding and respectful audience. That night felt as if everyone in that room was in it together. We had created something needed on that tour, by the 5 of us, our crew, anyone in that room that night or any other on the tour. We need, as much as any others, to repeat the simple mantras from our songs to help us work through the dark and get better. Love Yourself, love yourself, LOVE YOURSELF.”

IDLES also recently announced a short tour for December to celebrate the bands recent string of achievements – including their biggest headlining date yet on Saturday, 7th December at London’s Alexandra Palace. All five dates went on to sell out within the first 24 hours.

Mon 2 Dec Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom SOLD OUT
Tue 3 Dec Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom SOLD OUT
Wed 4 Dec Manchester, Academy SOLD OUT
Thu 5 Dec Leeds, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
Sat 7 Dec London, Alexandra Palace SOLD OUT

‘A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan’ will be released 6th December via Partisan Records. Pre-order HERE

More information on IDLES:

Joe Talbot – vocals
Adam Devonshire – bass
Mark Bowen – guitars
Lee Kiernan – guitars
Jon Beavis – drums

Passionate, political and darkly comedic, IDLES’ debut album “Brutalism” made an impact that no-one, not least the band, could have expected when it arrived, seemingly out of nowhere, in 2017. It was an album with such relevance to the fractured Britain that birthed it, that the band’s potent individuality and honesty simply couldn’t be ignored – and was described perfectly at the time by Uncut as: “a rare rock record with the rage, urgency, wit and shattering of complacency usually found only in grime.”

No band toured harder, and invites to support the likes of Foo Fighters and The Maccabees (at Alexandra Palace) saw IDLES’ message spread even further, leading to a signing with the Brooklyn and London independent Partisan Records. IDLES second album saw them become leaders in a movement of new bands tearing down outdated perceptions of masculinity and bucking a trend of style over substance. Songs from the record were full-throated indictments of sexism, racism, the polarisation of Britain in the wake of Brexit, nationalism and toxic masculinity. The record felt both incredibly personal and at other times universal, wearing both its heart – and an active mind – on its sleeve. In a musical landscape that had become so safe and sanitised, IDLES were and remain a bolt to the arm of the norm.

Here was a band you could pin all your hopes on, ideals you could rally round, a set of songs you could believe in. And so many people have done just that – part of IDLES’ success has been down to putting their fans first. A community, the AF Gang, was formed on social media in the wake of “Brutalism” that has now grown to tens of thousands of members. A judgement free zone where people can discuss everything from their musical tastes to their mental health, the group features regular contributions from members of IDLES themselves. The tight connection between the band and those who back them remains a fiercely important part of what makes them what they are, even now.

That second album, ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’, debuted at no.5 in the UK charts upon its release last August, breaking Rough Trade’s all-time record for most pre-orders and sales in a day. It was, for a period, the no.1 best reviewed record of 2018 (average rating of 88 across 25 reviews) and at the end of 2018 it had won a fanbase far beyond the UK, featuring in album of the year lists across key media worldwide.

The band saw not only the album’s singles but the album itself A-listed at 6 Music and earned major features, amongst others, with the likes of Q, Mojo and The Guardian with covers to follow at DIY, Loud & Quiet, Kerrang!, So Young, CRACK and NME. IDLES won Best Breakthrough at the Q Awards, were nominated for Breakthrough Artist at the Brit Awards and performed a raucous Jools Holland debut which NME called “history in the making…incomparably brilliant,” likening it to Arctic Monkeys and Kanye West’s first appearances on the show.

They were announced as 6 Music’s no.1 album of the year, won the coveted Ivor Novello award for Best Album, were nominated for the Mercury Prize and saw not one, but two extensive tours sell out worldwide. Dates in the UK, US & Australia and festival performances across the globe were full of people eager to see a band famed as much for their frantic, unforgettable live shows as their rousing songs. Their last run of London shows, three consecutive dates at The Electric Ballroom in April, all sold out in minutes – and on December 7th this year they return to Alexandra Palace, this time as the headliners. Their biggest headline performance yet, it culminates a remarkable last couple of years for a band who have never given us anything less than everything. As well as a chance to celebrate all that has come before, it will also be the first opportunity for people to hear much-anticipated new material from an-as-yet untitled third album that is nearing completion and set for 2020.

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For the last two years THE LOVELY EGGS have sat back and watched England and the rest of the planet slowly eat itself. Their new album “I am Moron” is the result of their observations, a relentless analysis of a modern culture that is bringing the world to its knees. 

“This Decision” is the first single to be released on 10th January – an outright attack on greed and mindless consumerism and a fierce defence of a no frills lifestyle they have chosen to pursue. “This Decision” goes further than capturing the zeitgeist of Brexit Britain. It’s about choice and the lack of choice in society. This decision is all mine. Is it?

“I am Moron” is the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2017 album “This is Eggland”. It is their second album co-produced and mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Tame Impala) and continues their journey through Eggland into the unknown.

Throughout their 13 year career, The Lovely Eggs have embraced isolation. Both metaphorically and geographically the married couple have chosen to shun the social conventions of normal life and dedicated their band and their life to the pursuit of what feels right.

Operating out of their hometown of Lancaster The Lovely Eggs are lonely pioneers and self confessed kings of idiocy. Working in an industry whose currency is money, success and nepotism, The Lovely Eggs want none of it. They call out everything fake and plastic about the music industry and demand you to re-evaluate on their terms. They’re undoubtedly the most real band in Britain, operating in a world when true authenticity is hard to find. They have also spent more time on hold to the Working Tax credit hotline than any other band on the planet.

“I Am Moron” was self recorded by the band in Lancaster (“The Twin Peaks of Northern England”) between Lancaster Musicians Co-op and their home. During the recording, Lancaster Musicians Co-op was threatened with closure so the band put their album on hold to fight the eviction.

While the band were writing the album they became fascinated by the Mars One program- a global project which aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Applicants are offered a one way ticket- never to see earth again. This fascinated Holly and David who drew parallels between this mission and their own isolation as a band.

Continuing the heaviness of “ This is Eggland” “I am Moron” brings more depth to their sound bringing with it a mix of heavy psych, pop and strangeness. Some songs flicker between an earthly realism and the otherworldly loneliness of a one way space mission. While in contrast, Insect Repellent launches a gonzo-style attack against the middle classes and Bearpit questions the essence of working class freedom.

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With no booking agent, manager, record label or publisher The Lovely Eggs are truly independent. And this isn’t due to economics. This is by design. From day one. And support for them is snowballing. They are selling out bigger and bigger venues and more eggheads are joining them in their crusade against bullshit.

Released on limited edition 7” vinyl and accompanied by mind melting artwork designed by Casey Raymond, This Decision is a powerful harsh hit at reality. The Lovely Eggs say it how it is. They’ve never been afraid to swim against the current and now they’ve got an army of fans behind them.

Catch them live in April 2020 for the “I am Moron” UK album tour…

April 2020

Thur 9    The Cluny, Newcastle

Fri 10        The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Sat 11     The Castle and Falcon, Birmingham

Sun 12    The Bullingdon, Oxford

Mon 13    The Fleece, Bristol

Tues 14     The Loft, Southampton

Wed 15    The Portland Arms, Cambridge

Thur 16     Komedia, Brighton

Fri 17        The Garage, London

Sat 18        Gorilla, Manchester

May 2020

Fri 1        The Mash House, Edinburgh

Sat 2        CCA, Glasgow