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Idlewild are a Scottish rock band formed in December 1995, by Roddy Woomble (vocals), Rod Jones (guitar), Phil Scanlon (bass), and Colin Newton (drums).
Initially their sound obeyed the conventions of 1990s British indie-punk guitar music, but unlike many of their contemporaries, it developed over time, from an edgy and angular sound approaching post-hardcore, 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 different, sweeping, melodic rock sound as displayed on their third album The Remote Part. Idlewild are a truly independent band, in that they do not fit into any specific scene, though their sound has clearly been influenced by bands like Blur, Nirvana, Gang Of Four, R.E.M., The Smiths and Fugazi.
Part of Idlewild's early success can be attributed to their singles gaining heavy rotation on Steve Lamacq's Evening Session on BBC Radio 1, as well as his all-round endorsement of them - the diminutive DJ often cites them as one of his favourite bands.
On November 21st 2005, Idlewild announced that after eight years and four albums they were parting ways with their record label Parlophone/EMI. Part of the band statement reads 'The band had fulfilled their record contract and it seemed like a good time to move on.' Since then, they have signed to Sanctuary and released their latest album Make Another World on March 5th 2007.

Beginnings, Captain and Hope Is Important (19951998):
Idlewild, named after the quiet meeting place in frontman Roddy Woomble's favourite book at the time, Anne of Green Gables, formed in December of 1995 in Edinburgh, Scotland when the then 19 year-old Woomble met drummer Colin Newton at a party. The two discovered they had much in common, including similar musical interests and record collections (including the likes of Sonic Youth, Fugazi, Bob Dylan and R.E.M.); by the end of the night, they had discussed forming a band together. Also that evening, the two were introduced to guitarist Rod Jones and the three kept in contact afterwards. They would meet up to listen to music, and began to write songs together. In need of a bassist, they brought Phil Scanlon into the fold due to the fact that he owned a bass guitar. The four began practicing late in the year in a room that has been described as "so cold that all the early songs were written with gloves on".
Idlewild played their first show on 16 January 1996, in the Subway Club in Edinburgh to a crowd of thirty friends, which led to many more shows around Edinburgh throughout the course of the year. In May of 1996 the band, now with over twenty songs written, entered Split Level Studios to record "House Alone", "Suicide" and "Paranoid". The tape of these recordings earned the band many bookings at various venues around Scotland, including the city of Glasgow. Local publications that heard the tape reviewed it favorably. In October the band recorded three other songs, "Self Healer", "Queen of the Troubled Teens", and "Faster", at Chamber Studios, owned by producer Jamie Watson. These songs helped build the strong buzz surrounding the band when they were released on seven inch vinyl.
Phil Scanlon decided to leave the band in February 1997 to concentrate on his studies. Since leaving Idlewild, he has become a highly successful chemical engineer and currently resides in Detroit. Roddy Woomble soon asked his friend Bob Fairfoull to replace the departing bassist. Fairfoull had been present at every Idlewild show since the summer of 1996, and had impressed the others with his spoken-word solo acoustic shows as well as his involvement with Edinburgh's 'Pussy Hoover'. Bob's debut with the band took place on 28 February at Glasgow bar Nice and Sleazy's.
The band's debut single "Queen of the Troubled Teens" was released on 17 March 1997, and built upon the chaotic reputation of their shows. Radio Scotland DJ Peter Easton and influential Radio One DJ Steve Lamacq came across copies. Lamacq was particularly impressed with the track "Self Healer" and asked, on the air, that if anyone knew anything about the band, they should contact him. In the summer of 1997 Idlewild played their first London shows which were attended by the likes of Lamacq, and representatives from Deceptive Records. Reviews at this time, in the pages of NME and Melody Maker compared their live gigs to "a flight of stairs falling down a flight of stairs". The band were soon asked to record a single for Fierce Panda and to record an EP/mini-album with Deceptive Records. In October 1997 the band spent six days with producer Paul Tipler in River Studios (located in South London). The result was Captain, which the band describes as "an innocent, frank nugget of noise pop magic". After the release of the "Chandelier" single, the band signed a deal with Food Records/EMI in December, since the band liked Blur a lot, who were already signed to the label. Following the record deal the members quit their respective jobs or university courses.
1998 marked the year where the public became actively aware of Idlewild, who kicked off the year with their first UK tour, supporting the band Midget. The release of Captain on the 18 January received positive reviews in the NME, Melody Maker and Kerrang! [citation needed]. In February the band re-entered the studio, once again with Paul Tipler to record their first full-length album for Food Records. Two singles were released before the album's release, "A Film for the Future" (compared to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by one journalist) and "Everyone Says You're So Fragile". Both singles helped to expand the band's growing fanbase alongside notable appearances at summer festivals. October marked the arrival of their debut album Hope Is Important which the band now describes as "a confused, skewered, noisy, sad pop record". Further singles from the album included, "I'm a Message" and fan favorite "When I Argue I See Shapes". Tours supporting Ash, Placebo and Manic Street Preachers followed the release.

100 Broken Windows (19992001):
Idlewild eventually returned to Edinburgh in 1999 to begin writing new songs, and they took a different approach to how they worked in the studio. Eventually the band contacted engineer Bob Weston from Chicago who recorded six songs with them in London. These songs held a more aggressive, emptier sound than those previously and the band were pleased with the results; however, they remained unsure of their direction. During the summer, Idlewild were invited to play at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, a momentous day for Scottish history. Scotland is where the band would remain for a while, letting the surrounding environment influence their songwriting and letting the songs represent the band as they were. Hitting a stride, the band returned to the studio with producer Dave Eringa and recorded "Little Discourage" and "Roseability" in their first session. Very happy with the results, the band continued to record what would become their second full-length album, 100 Broken Windows. The song "Little Discourage" was released in September and brought Idlewild a larger number of fans and much more radio play. Hope Is Important was released in America, and to support it, the band performed a small number of tour dates on the East Coast. The remainder of the year was spent mixing the new album in Glasgow.
In March the following year, they released the single "Actually it's Darkness" and embarked on their biggest UK tour to date. Jeremy Mills joined the band on tour, playing guitar and keyboards. Their sound had now evolved from simplistic punk-rock to a more mature sound resembling R.E.M., Echo and the Bunnymen, and Smiths. 100 Broken Windows became silver in the UK and the band went on tour in Europe and North America. Further singles released from the album included "These Wooden Ideas" and "Roseability".
As 2001 began, the band entered the studio once again, this time with producer Stephen Street to record songs written in the last half of 2000. While happy with the results the band put their next album aside to tour America. American music magazine Spin named 100 Broken Windows the "number one album you didn't hear in 2000" and the album received other rave reviews in the American press on its release in April. Whilst touring the album in America, Allan Stewart replaced Jeremy as touring guitarist.

The Remote Part (20012003):
Idlewild eventually moved up to the highlands of Scotland and began the writing and demoing process of what would become The Remote Part. Allan and Jeremy both joined the band in a cottage in Inchnadamph, Sutherland. Woomble began a friendship with Scottish poet laureate Edwin Morgan who wrote some words for the band. These would eventually end up on the song "Scottish Fiction," the album's closing track. The remainder of the year was spent recording and mixing the album in various locations with producer Dave Eringa. This period marked the band's longest absence from performing.
The band re-entered the public's minds in 2002 when the single "You Held the World in Your Arms" became 'A-listed' on Radio One and entered the UK Singles Chart at number nine, marking the band's biggest hit to date. A UK tour followed with Ikara Colt supporting and a second single "American English" was released. Eventually The Remote Part was released, and entered the album charts at number three. The album was considered their best by many, being a record of considerable depth as well as one of the most melodic records of the year. The album went gold in the UK and a third single "Live in a Hiding Place" was released as the band embarked upon a four-month European tour in September, which included supporting dates with Coldplay.
29 September 2002 became an interesting date in the band's history when Bob Fairfoull left the band, following a show in Amsterdam. Fairfoull had been increasingly distant from the band over the past year and his time in Idlewild had run its course. The band and Fairfoull remain friends to this day, and Bob now plays bass with Edinburgh-based band Degrassi. Gavin Fox, longtime Irish friend, joined and a fifth member was found in Allan Stewart, who became a permanent member after years as a touring guitarist. While Fox learned the bass parts in Dublin, technician and friend Alex Grant filled in to assist the band.
2002 was Idlewild's most successful year by far, with The Remote Part entering many 'Best of the Year' lists and the Scottish Sunday Herald naming Idlewild "Band of the Year."
With Gavin and Allan officially in tow, the new version of Idlewild spent January of the following year writing songs and practising in an old lighthouse outside Edinburgh. A final single from The Remote Part, "A Modern Way of Letting Go", introduced the new lineup to the UK via several television appearances and another short tour of Britain and Ireland.
The Remote Part received its US release in March 2003 and the band embarked upon a cross-continent, nine-week headline tour playing their biggest US shows in New York City and Los Angeles. The band then returned to America in May at the request of Pearl Jam, who asked the band to open one leg of their 'Riot Act' world tour. These were the biggest venues Idlewild had played in, and they found friends in Pearl Jam, even playing with them onstage on the final night in Chicago.

Warnings/Promises (20032005):
The band then returned to Scotland to reflect upon the year, and soon headed for a house in Glenelg in the Scottish Highlands to start working on songs for the next record. Writing continued intermittently until early December (pausing only to open for The Rolling Stones in September at Glasgow's SECC).
As 2004 began, Idlewild spent the first four months of the year writing and demoing new songs up in the Scottish Highlands and in Roddy's flat in London. The songs had a different feel to them, and the band decided to start the record afresh, choosing American producer Tony Hoffer to man the controls. The band then headed over to Los Angeles toward the end of May and spent the next three months sorting out, recording and mixing the new songs. This marked the first time Idlewild had recorded an album all in one go.
The band finished up the record in October 2004 in New York with mixer Michael Brauer. Roddy rented a room on the Lower East Side and stayed there for the remainder of the year, listening to the album they'd just made. 2004 became the first in the band's existence devoted almost entirely to writing and recording an album. At the end of this year they titled it Warnings/Promises.
2005 began with a series of acoustic shows around the UK. The first single from Warnings/Promises, entitled "Love Steals Us from Loneliness", appeared in February and became Idlewild's fourth Top 20 single. The album followed two weeks later and debuted in the UK Top Ten. Warnings/Promises received mainly positive reviews; however, some critics and fans greatly disliked the direction taken with this album, with its quiet, reflective mood and obvious R.E.M. influence.
In the UK, the band embarked upon an extensive UK tour, changing the setlist every night and revisiting songs from all their albums. In the summer, Idlewild played a number of festivals and opened shows for U2, R.E.M. and the Pixies. The year ended with a Christmas show at the band's "spiritual home", famed venue the Glasgow Barrowlands.
After a very busy year with much touring, the band announced in November 2005 that they had parted ways with their record company Parlophone after fulfilling contractual obligation over eight years, leaving them without a record deal. However, despite rumors that they were breaking up, the band claimed that they were looking forward to the future.
After their December 2005 Glasgow Barrowlands gig, Gavin Fox left the band and was replaced by former Astrid bass player Gareth Russell.

Make Another World (2006-present):
Idlewild worked on a large number of songs, which they recorded with 100 Broken Windows and The Remote Part producer Dave Eringa in their rehearsal room. As opposed to creating a double album filled with harder songs and slower numbers, Roddy Woomble recorded an album of folk music material under his own name titled My Secret is My Silence which was released on 24 July 2006; whilst Idlewild recorded the heavier material. Roddy's solo material was written alongside guitarist Rod Jones, friend Michael Angus and folksinger Karine Polwart, and produced by folk musician John McCusker. Woomble performed alongside the acclaimed Polwart for three songs at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow in January 2006 and toured the album in July/August 2006. Rod Jones meanwhile worked on an album with Inara George called George Is Jones
In July 2006, it was announced that Idlewild would sign to influential 1960s label Sequel, which was reactivated by music group Sanctuary.
The album Make Another World was released on March 5th, 2007. "If It Takes You Home" was the first single released from it and was available as a download and 7" single. "No Emotion" was the second single released from it, making it to 36 in the UK Top 40 chart. "A Ghost in the Arcade" is the next single to be released, due on 18th June, though only as an internet-downloadable track and not available on CD.
At the Aberdeen concert on the Make Another World UK Tour on 19 March 2007, Woomble announced that the show was being filmed for a live DVD release (included with special edition of the band's greatest hits album Scottish Fiction - Best of 1997-2007). The band played a twenty-three song setlist which included a considerable number of songs from earlier albums such as Hope is Important. It was at this gig that the video for "A Ghost in the Arcade" was filmed.
During their 16th May gig in The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Woomble announced that an Idlewild 'Greatest Hits' compilation would be released later in the year at the request of former label Parlophone. Scottish Fiction - Best of 1997-2007 was released on 1st October 2007 by Parlophone and is a 17 track 'best of' compilation featuring career highlights, and includes the aforementioned DVD.
A second compilation album was also released on 29th October. A Distant History - Rarities 1997-2007 included the band's early singles as well as many B-sides and was available only through download stores.

Outkast Confusion:
The band Outkast released an album of music from their film Idlewild that caused Roddy Woomble to comment "Not sure what's up with this new OutKast album. Keep seeing posters for it and thinking I've forgotten about a concert." [1] The use of the name is not expected to cause much confusion though, as the two acts are very different. Upon being asked about the chances of a collaboration, Roddy commented "Maybe when our new LP comes out next February some unfamiliars will think we're some sort of OutKast tribute. Could be interesting. Probably won't be."
In 2007 rumours surfaced that the band would call their new album "Outkast" in reply.

-Roddy Woomble.
-Rod Jones.
-Colin Newton.
-Allan Stewart.
-Gareth Russell.
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