- 17 Oct 19
As well as a chance to celebrate all that has come before, the live album will also be the first opportunity for people to hear much-anticipated new material from the yet-to-be titled third album, set for release in 2020.
Today, IDLES announced their first live album A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan, and shared the live version of 'Mother' taken from the record.
The limited double LP edition will be available in 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 singer Joe Talbot, 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. Recently, IDLES have landed a spot on the top 5 official UK album charts, received an Ivor Novello award for 'Best Album', and performed at number of sold out tours across the world. IDLES were also recently chosen for Apple’s ongoing Shot On iPhone campaign, with features the band on billboards across the globe.
Recording the show at Le Bataclan in Paris was a significant decision, explains Talbot.
"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."
According to Setlist.fm, the following songs were played during the most recent IDLES gig at Le Bataclan, on 3 December 2018:
2. Never Fight a Man With a Perm
4. Faith in the City
5. I'm Scum
6. Danny Nedelko
7. Divide and Conquer
8. 1049 Gotho
12. Love Song
13. White Privilege
14. Gram Rock
17. Cry to Me (Solomon Burke cover)
18. Well Done
19. All I Want for Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey cover)
A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan will be released 6th December via Partisan Records. In the meantime, it's available here for preorder.
Take a listen to 'Mother' here: