Idlewild

Formed December 1995.
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Roddy Woomble talks to Vic Galloway

Idlewild's Roddy Woomble chats to Vic about the 10th anniversary of their defining album, 100 Broken Windows.

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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 Lucci Rossi (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.[citation needed]

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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  1. Review of Post Electric Blues

    Post Electric Blues 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    They’ve loosened up, discovered fun – a kind of lift-off, at last.
  2. Review of Scottish Fiction: Best Of 1997-2007

    Scottish Fiction: Best Of 1997-2007 2007

    Reviewed by Julian Marszalek
    Idlewild possess the capability to lob frequent sonic hand grenades into occasionally...
  3. Review of Make Another World

    Make Another World 2007

    Reviewed by Anthony Leaver
    ...An impressive return for Idlewild at a time where they could have sunk without trace.
  4. Review of Warnings / Promises

    Warnings / Promises 2005

    Reviewed by Richard Banks
    The melodies on offer here are bolstered with some tasteful strings, piano and pedal...
  5. Review of 100 Broken Windows

    100 Broken Windows 2000

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    A firm favourite amongst the Idlewild faithful, and not afraid to get heavy.
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