Follow us on twitter @OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 65 Idles – Joy as an Act of Resistance Idles’ second album is savage, thought-provoking and often decorated with pitch black humour as it takes aim at everything from toxic masculinity, nationalism, immigration, and class inequality. Unafraid to tackle weighty and sometimes deeply personal subjects, singer Joe Talbot growls, implores and barks the narrative as the band underpin his ingenuity by constructing a cacophonous riot of sound. Quite simply a brutally brilliant record. Echo & the Bunnymen – The Stars, The Ocean & The Moon A change of pace and tweak in style sees Ian McCulloch and band delve into their imperious back catalogue to reinterpret thirteen of their most venerated songs with ‘strings and things’, whilst finding time to serve up two new tracks (How Far and The Somnambulist). Mining their four-decade spanning archive must have been tough but the end results see the likes of Rescue, Lips Like Sugar, The Killing Moon and The Cutter freshly energised with a grandiose, flamboyant strut whilst Seven Seas and Ocean Rain are finessed with an eerie layer of orchestral nostalgia. Neneh Cherry – Broken Politics Neneh Cherry is back to conquer, based on the pioneering soundsmith’s first new single for 4 years - Kong - which set the anticipation levels for her fifth solo record to moon heights. Cherry, writing partner Cameron McVey, and Kieran (Four Tet) Hebden decamped to Woodstock, New York to lay the base for this genre-busting, sassy set of tunes. Ranging from the endearing shuffle- beat Trip-Hop style of Kong through to the teeming Natural Skin Deep (where steel drums meet air-horns and jazz) there’s so much diversity, fusion and a multitude of ideas. An investment of time and multi-listening are required as you try and unlock all the record’s cerebral plots and tricks. MILKY’S ALBUM REVIEWS SUPPORT THE BEDFORD LIVE SCENE - UPCOMING BEDFORD GIGS FOR YOUR DIARY Tickets from: wegottickets.com / seetickets.com / Esquires Bar / Slide Records / Mario’s Hair Design Saturday 3 November - The Eskies @ Bedford Esquires Sunday 4 November - Brix & the Extricated / The Metatrons @ Bedford Esquires Friday 16 November - From The Jam - All Mod Cons + Greatest Hits Set @ Corn Exchange Friday 16 November - The Godfathers @ Bedford Esquires Saturday 17 November - Skindred @ Bedford Esquires Friday 23 November - The Electric Soft Parade / Ultrasound @ Bedford Esquires Wednesday 28 November - My Baby @ Bedford Esquires Saturday 1 December - Babybird / Tony Wright (Terrorvision) @ Bedford Esquires Sunday 2 December - Wayward Sons / Doomsday Outlaw @ Bedford Esquires (3 absolute crackers this month) started writing and recording songs at home and his first collection of these demos, I Was Born a Man, was released in July 1995 using the name Babybird. He formed a band in order to tour and promote this work. In 1996, Babybird signed to Echo Records and their first single was released in July 1996. Babybird were dropped from their record label in 2000 after their third album, Bugged, had poor sales. The band then split. Jones continued on his own, writing fiction, releasing solo work and created the score for the film Blessed. In October 2005, the band reformed with three members and created another album released in September 2006. They went on tour in November 2009 and then split again in 2013. Jones reunited the band once again in late 2017 with a new line up. Support comes from Tony Wright, the frontman of Bradford rockers TERRORVISION who had 13 singles land in the Top 40 back in the Top of The Pops days (insert wistful sigh). You may remember their biggest hit ‘Tequila’ which hit no.2 in 1999 and other bangers such as Perseverance, Alice What’s the Matter, Pretend Best Friend and Oblivion. Tickets on sale at seetickets.com & wegottickets.com - £15 plus booking and at Esquires & Mario’s Hair Design.