Idlewild - 18th April - Cambridge Corn Exchange
I love the crowd on Monday night, there's nothing like an indie loving bunch to set off a great night, and that's what it was for me watching Idlewild at the Corn Exchange. Although I heard a rumour that one of the members was suffering from a headache you couldn't notice which one as they all played amazingly.
Roddy Woomble, the lead singer, sang astonishingly and hardly had to speak to the crowd to have us scream at him. Idlewild are a fun loving band and it's hard to put into words how much enjoyment I had watching them. They played some of their old songs such as 'You held the world in your arms' and one of their fantastic new songs 'Love steals us from loneliness.'
Their songs had the crowds swaying, moshing and I occasionally saw the odd crowd surf. Their new album 'Warnings/Promises' is out now and is playing as I write and I would truly recommend it. Funnily, I lost my shoe half way through their set and had to yell "anyone found a shoe? It's mine!" to the people surrounding me, thankfully they passed my shoe to me, this is also why it was a great night as Idlewild fans are such a friendly lot.
The band wore what you would expect a band on tour to wear, t-shirt and jeans, which gives you a bond with them as they don't dress to impress just play what they've created. However these guys have stage presence, guitarists Rod Jones and Allan Stewart stood right at the front of the stage nearer the audience strumming their guitars and had the audience reaching out for more.
The set was jazzed up with backing lights that changed the atmosphere of the place into a psychedelic feel.
Idlewild's music can be compared to such bands as Coldplay, Travis and touches of Damien Rice with acoustic songs such as 'Live in a hiding place' one of my personal favourites. Idlewild's lyrics touch the heart and if you like that passionate, emotion in music then you'll love these guys.
There's not a bad comment to say about Idlewild as that was the best gig I've been to in a long time, check out their tour dates on www.idlewild.co.uk and go see them for yourself to experience a sound night - make sure you bring a lighter with you - so you can sway!