Idlewild have announced they are to release a new studio album ‘Everything Ever Written’.
The band’s eighth LP will be produced by guitarist Rod Jones and is due to be released on February 9. It also marks their first album with contributions from new members Luciano Rossi and Andrew Mitchell.
Lead track ‘Collect Yourself’ premiered on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music show earlier today (November 3) and the Scottish five piece has also released a short trailer previewing ‘Everything Ever Written’. Scroll down to view the clip.
“The album was predominantly written on the Isle of Mull”, explained singer Roddy Woomble in a statement. “The record soundtracks a period of transition. Working without time constraints gave the whole thing a creative freedom. Idlewild is a new band to me now; I’m excited for the future.”
The band have also announced they will play five shows in the UK this March as part of a wider European tour to promote ‘Everything Ever Written’.
Idlewild will play:
Glasgow O2 ABC (March 7/8)
Birmingham The Institute(10)
Manchester The Ritz (12)
London Roundhouse (13)
The album will be the group’s first since the release of ‘Post Electric Blues’ in 2009. Woomble has released two solo records in that time, while Jones has put out material under his own name in addition to forming band The Birthday Suit. Such was the length of the break that last year a campaign began urging fans to boycott all side-projects in the hope that Idlewild would reform. In response, Jones penned a letter claiming that it had almost discouraged him from making music altogether.
“It has recently come to my attention however that an online campaign including some unkind and hurtful messages has been waged to try and boycott side projects in an attempt to bring Idlewild back,” wrote Jones. “If anything this just has the opposite effect in that it made me really consider whether I wanted to make music anymore after working so hard with my good friends to make new music and I feel compelled to set the record straight.”