Formed in 1995 the current line-up includes Roddy Woomble (lead vocals), Rod Jones (guitar), Andrew Mitchell (bass), Colin Newton (drums) and Luciano Rossi (keyboards). As well as releasing seven studio albums the band has supported some of the biggest names in indie rock including Ash, Placebo, Manic Street Preachers, Pearl Jam, U2, REM and the Pixies. They were named third in the 'Best Scottish Band of All Time' public poll in 2005 behind Belle & Sebastian and Travis.
Idlewild return with their ninth studio album, Interview Music, set for release on 5 Apr 2019.
Formed in 1995 and famously described in their early days by the NME as sounding like 'a flight of stairs falling
down a flight of stairs', Idlewild’s marriage of punk rock, poetry and Highland spirit saw them grow from a
raucous cult curiosity into chart-bothering national treasures. Growing more mature and masterful with melody
they dropped six acclaimed albums and two compilations before deciding to take a break in 2010.
Living life and continuing solo ventures filled their time away and a few years passed before friendship and the
bind of their creative relationship brought them back together for 2015's Everything Ever Written. Wondering if
there was still a hunger for Idlewild, the band's own compulsion and flair translated into one of the most
ambitious records of their career. With it came critical praise, an album in the top 20 and successful tours of the
UK, Japan and America with the band selling out venues as large as they ever had.
With new members Luciano Rossi (Keyboards) and Andrew Mitchell (Bass) joining founding members Roddy
Woomble (lead vocals), Rod Jones (guitars and vocals), Colin Newton (drums), the band felt a renewed sense of
purpose. So much so that the week that Everything Ever Written was released they were already beginning to
start work on what would become the bold step sidewards -- Interview Music. Inspired, at the end of a US tour
they decamped to Kingsize Soundlabs studio in Los Angeles to record these ideas, but it would be some years
before they set themselves up at Jones' own Edinburgh studio Post Electric to finish the record.
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