Idlewild unveiled a new song at their sold-out instore gig at the Virgin megastore in LONDON last night (June 13).
The band played to 500 fans, some of whom had queued since 6.30am to get tickets for the show, while punters lined up around the block outside the store to get into the gig.
The band’s half-hour set included new single ‘These Wooden Ideas’, released on Monday, and tracks off their Number 15 album ‘100 Broken Windows’, including ‘Little Discourage’ and ‘Roseability’, alongside old favourites ‘A Film For The Future’ and ‘Captain’. The new song goes under the working title ‘Mystery At Sea’.
A spokesperson said that photographers had to keep leaving the pit at the front of the stage for safety reasons because of over-enthusiastic stage-diving fans.
During the gig, singer Roddy Woomble apologised for his “bad Ian McCulloch impression”.
Speaking to nme.com after the show, singer Roddy Woomble explained that Echo And The Bunnymen are one of the ’80s acts who have been influencing the band recently, and joked that Mac would probably be outraged at his singing on Idlewild‘s cover of the Bunnymen song ‘Rescue’, which is on the B-side of ‘These Wooden Ideas’.
Guitarist Rod Jones also spoke about his forthcoming tour with Blur strummer Graham Coxon, admitting he was feeling nervous at the prospect but excited to be doing it.
Look out this week for nme.com‘s exclusive video interview with the band as they gear up for a summer of festival appearances which starts with Glastonbury on June 23-25.
The instore gig, which was filmed by Virtue TV and will be exclusively webcast on nme.com at 7pm tonight (June 14), was promoting the Dr Martens Box Set compilation album, which features Idlewild‘s single ‘Little Discourage’ among 40 tracks from bands of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, from Slade, The Stranglers and The Clash through to Prodigy and Asian Dub Foundation.