Idlewild have announced their first album in four years with ‘Interview Music’, as well sharing single ‘Dream Variations’ and details of a 2019 UK tour. The Scottish indie veterans will release their eighth album on April 5, before hitting the road for some shows in April.
To launch the record, the band have dropped the single ‘Dream Variations’ – adding dynamic a blend of Americana and ambient soundscapes to their trademark driving rock sound. Recorded between Scotland and LA and reuniting with producer Dave Eringa, the band say the album sees them experiment more than ever before.
“A lot of the songs are about dreams and dreaming and the thoughts and ideas that come from this state,” said frontman Roddy Woomble of the inspiration ‘Interview Music’. “I live in the Scottish Highlands, and between there and California you’ve got two locations that can put you in a dream like state – driving down Sunset Boulevard as the sun sets or driving over the remote Ardnamurchan peninsula as the sun rises. The world seems unreal, magical. You’re dreaming through a landscape.”
He added: “What’s really important about Idlewild is that we are basically punk rock kids.
“No one ever taught us how to play anything. We formed a band and we learned. In our own way. We were inspired by the bands we saw just getting up on stage, making a noise and exchanging ideas, and trying to change your ideas.
“That’s principally what the band still do. I’m not a kid rolling around screaming into a microphone on the floor anymore, but that ideal is still at our core.”
Idlewild’s upcoming UK tour dates are below. Tickets are on sale from 10am on Friday February 15.
19 – Grand Central Hall – Liverpool
20 – Anson Rooms – Bristol
22 – Phoenix – Exeter
23 – Engine Rooms – Southampton
25 – Beckett Uni – Leeds
26 – o2 Forum – London
28 – o2 Institute – Birmingham
29 – o2 Ritz – Manchester
30 – Waterfront – Norwich
1 – Junction – Cambridge
2 – Riverside – Newcastle
4 – Barrowland Ballrom – Glasgow
5 – Music Hall – Aberdeen
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