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Idlewild will return with a tour and new single in September.

The single, ‘Little Discourage’, is released on September 20 through Food Records.

Produced by Dave Eringa, noted for his work with the Manic Street Preachers, it’s taken from the band’s as-yet-untitled second album, slated for release next spring.


Speaking exclusively to NME, singer Roddy Woomble said they had also been working on the record with Bob Weston from Shellac.

“We’ve recorded about seven tracks with Bob and they are a bit schizophrenic. They’re kind of harsh pop but also gentle,” he said. “We won’t really have an idea of the thread through the new album until around November when we get back to the studio.”

Roddy suggested that Eringa might also work on other tracks. “He’s a really nice guy and there’s a more melodic songwriter-like thing on ‘Little Discourage’, which isn’t a bad thing,” he said.

To coincide with the single release, their first since ‘When I Argue I See Shapes’ in January, Idlewild are heading out on a nationwide tour in September. They then travel to America to push ‘Hope Is Important’, their 1998 debut album that is only now getting a Stateside release.

“We head over in October to do our first headlining tour there and then head back into the studio. We’re thinking about using Steve Albini‘s place in Chicago with Bob Weston producing again, but nothing is confirmed.”

The dates for the September tour are


Orkney Arts Centre (12) Ullapool Seaforth (13) Inverness Blue (14) Aberdeen Lemon Tree (15) Dublin Music Centre (17) Cork Heineken/Murphy’s Red Hot Festival (18) Newport TJ’s (20) Cambridge The Junction (21) Norwich Waterfront (22) Sheffield Leadmill (25) Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall (26) Manchester University (27) London WC2 Astoria (29)

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