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Idlewild News

Idlewild recording new album

Singer Roddy Woomble tweets update on the Scottish band's new record

  • Feb 2, 2014

Idlewild's Rod Jones responds to fan campaign to boycott band's side-projects

Fans launched campaign in hope of spurring Scottish band to reform

  • Oct 31, 2013

Jon Fratelli, Roddy Woomble, Twin Atlantic for T In The Park - ticket details

Line-up for Scottish festival grows

  • May 4, 2011

Idlewild announce US tour details

Scottish group will hit the road on November 16

  • Jul 22, 2010

Idlewild to go on 'hiatus' following UK and Ireland tour

Roddy Woomble says band will 'take a break'

  • Apr 26, 2010

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Idlewild Music Videos

Idlewild 'Little Discourage' FlyTV In The Courtyard Play Video

Idlewild 'Little Discourage' FlyTV In The Courtyard

Idlewild perform 'Little Discourage' for FlyTV In The Courtyard

Idlewild 'City Hall' FlyTV In The Courtyard Play Video

Idlewild 'City Hall' FlyTV In The Courtyard

Idlewild perform 'City Hall' for FlyTV In The Courtyard

I Understand It Play Video

I Understand It

Idlewild official music video for the track I Understand It

Love Steals Us From Loneliness Play Video

Love Steals Us From Loneliness

Idlewild official music video for the track Love Steals Us From Loneliness

A Modern Way Of Letting Go Play Video

A Modern Way Of Letting Go

Idlewild official music video for the track A Modern Way Of Letting Go

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Idlewild Reviews

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A Distant History: Rarities 1997-2007

  • Oct 30, 2007

Idlewild: 'Scottish Fiction: Best Of 1997-2007'

'This traces their descent from brilliant to bland'

  • Sep 27, 2007

Idlewild

A Ghost In The Arcade

  • Jun 18, 2007

Idlewild: Make Another World

Steadfast Scots rediscover the rock

  • Mar 2, 2007

Idlewild: If It Takes You Home

Back, back, back

  • Dec 1, 2006

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Idlewild Biography

Idlewild are a Scottish indie rock band from Edinburgh, formed in 1995. The band's line-up consists of Roddy Woomble (lead vocals), Rod Jones (guitar, backing vocals), Colin Newton (drums), Allan Stewart (guitar) and Gareth Russell (bass). To date, Idlewild have released six full-length studio albums, with their latest, Post Electric Blues, self-released to fans in June 2009.

Initially, Idlewild's sound was faster and more dissonant than many of their 1990s indie rock contemporaries. However, it developed over time from an edgy and angular sound (as heard in their early material--once described by the NME as "the sound of a flight of stairs falling down a flight of stairs") to a sweeping, melodic rock sound as displayed on The Remote Part and Warnings/Promises. While Idlewild's sound cannot be easily placed into a specific genre, they have clearly been influenced by the likes of: Gang of Four, Pavement, R.E.M., Blur and Fugazi.

In April 2010, vocalist Roddy Woomble announced that the band will enter a hiatus' following their current tour. In late 2013, the band reunited and started recording a new studio album.

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