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1 IDLESJoy As An Act Of Resistance Partisan Records

Blisteringly political and disarmingly honest, the Bristol punk outfit’s perfectly realised second album was one of the vinyl events of the past year

It certainly is, with his nearest and dearest bandmate Joe laughing: “Bowen waxes lyrical about his mindfulness apps all the time,” quickly adding: “I’m very grateful for that. Honestly, it really is life-changing.”

Bowen continues: “Being around a like-minded group of men has helped a lot.The fact that we’re able to be so honest with each other has led us to break through that kind of masculine barrier that’s created by the everyday and your upbringing.”


It’s not an understatement to say that this band matter. From BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq, who Joe cites as their “saviour”, advocate and friend, to Black Mirror writer and journalist Charlie Brooker and John Grant, there’s a lot of love for Idles in the world today. Nowhere more so than in the ‘AF Gang’ created around the band. Centred on a warm and welcoming Facebook group with thousands of members, AF Gang is a place where people can not only share their love of Idles but can also turn to people for support – people they may not have met in real life but who are ready and willing to listen. Working under the umbrella of ‘All is Love’, which Idles have commandeered as their own mantra, it’s a space where people can share their fears and hopes and feel not judged but supported. It feels way bigger than your usual music fan club.

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