Saturday, 29 March 2014

REWIND: Idlewild - 'Everyone Says You're So Fragile'

Before they broke through to the mainstream with their 2002 album 'The Remote Part', Scottish combo Idlewild were a fiercer, sharper and more energetic band. I especially loved their first full length 'Hope Is Important', which I bought along with all those singles back in 1998 when they were released. Those singles featured some great b sides too, including the brilliant multipart 'Mince Showercap'. Here is the second Idlewild single I bought after hearing Steve Lamacq spinning it on The Evening Session. Wonderful days, wish I could go back. I remember being disgusted and shocked when this only made number 47 in the singles charts. If only I could have known how bad those charts would be in 2014...

Fast forwards to the present day and after being on hiatus since 2010, Idlewild are currently in the studio working on a new album, which will be their seventh full-length studio effort. Frontman Roddy Woomble confirmed "Idlewild are making a new album... it is being written and recorded slowly and intermittently, and I have no idea when it’ll be done. Not for a while. I’m just enjoying the process. It is always great to work with Rod and Colin, we have been making up songs together since 1995 - not far off 20 years! Gareth and Allan have not been involved much so far due to both their other touring commitments, but they will be in time, as will others." Looking forward to the results. For now, enjoy this vital blast of punky fury.

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