It might be somewhat incredible to comprehend, but these guys have been around now
for an entire decade, having got together as a band back in Edinburgh circa 1995.
Ten years down the line, and this is Idlewild:'s astonishing fifth album, packed
with twelve stunning tunes.
Kicking off with the brilliant single release Love Steals Us From Loneliness,
there is something splendidly magical about every last song on this album, with
the balance of ballads and rockers making for a vibrant and altogether well-rounded
collection of songs.
It isn't just the aforementioned single release that is gorgeously heart-rending
and starkly poetic, and there seems to be a distinctive Americana-arched
edge to many of their songs, not least the marvellously melancholic
As If I Hadn't Slept masterpiece that might remind a few people of REM's greatness.
Disconnected meanwhile, hears a pedal steel guitar wail away in a Countrified
manner that works wonders.
And it's not just the Idlewild: sound that has to some extents gone Stateside
(which might be partly explained by the fact that the band has spent some quality
time over in the US touring with monsters of rock Pearl Jam), for Idlewild:
singer Roddy Woomble actually now lives over there in New York.
The other four band members still live in Britain or Eire, so it must be awkward for
them to meet up sometimes if they feel like a band practise, but hey - these guys have
long been seasoned professionals.
Still, they do have a new bassist in the band called Gav Fox, who joins
Rod Jones and Allan Stewart on the guitars, and Colin Newton on the drums.
The majority of this album is acoustic-based, with Welcome Home being a
lush few minutes of sheer tenderness, before I Want A Warning bustles forth and
proves to be a good old rocker of the sort that the band used to be so well-known
for prior to them mellowing out.
Too Long Awake hears a truly exhilarating marriage of screaming guitars and a bombastic
bass-line to die for, while Not Just Sometimes But Always stuns the senses in the shape
of yet another beautiful acoustic wonder.
In truth, every song possesses the powerful potential to break your heart, so listen
up close to these warnings and promises. You never know what you might find.
Album Reviews - Scarlet Soho - Divisions of Decency (Human Recordings) By Steve Rudd
I'm genuinely glad that Scarlet Soho: have released of album of such breathtaking grandeur.
For the past few years, this Hampshire-based band has built up something of a cult
underground following following on from their UK-roving gigs
Single Reviews - Cherry Falls - Winter/Winter (Island) By Steve Rudd
This album has to be one of the most stunning debut albums ever released by a band.
There is not one dull moment or dud note, and every last snatch of melody sets the spirits soaring.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Cherry Falls,
Album Reviews - Face of Scars- Deathblow (11 Reasons to Fight) By Harry Slater
If life was a film, then Face of Scars: would be the soundtrack to the scene when the intrepid
hero gets his head kicked in repeatedly. Sadly, life isn't a film, but if on the off chance
I ever get my head kicked in repeatedly, I will probably be
Single Reviews - Five O'Clock Heroes - Run To Her (Glaze) By Steve Rudd
Release Date: 21st March 05
This is the second single from the band's Bend To The Breaks debut album, and
by the sound of it this quartet is certainly one to watch out for.
Two of the members are British and the other two are native New Yorkers, so there
is an exhilarating melting
Singles Reviews - Chart Review 7th March 2005 with DJ Chris Plant
What a week. Three bits of chart-related news come to mind before we start this week.
First, we have to wait a bit longer for the arrival of downloaded sales into the main
chart, the independent labels finally managing to make enough noise about the fact
Band News - Wanted - Shindigg looking for Drummer and Bassist
Shindigg are looking for a drummer and bassist after the sad departure of The Krazy One
himself and Mr Karl Robson, I guess not all things are built to last.
If anyone is interested in trying to fill their boots they can contact us via email
Music News - London's Marquee Club - Wednesday 16th February 05 By Steve Rudd
Never does a night go by down in the capital when there isn't at least one quality
gig on, and now there is no excuse for music lovers not to catch a gig or two if
they are right in the heart of London's West End since the legendary
Marquee Club has
Single Reviews - The Kaiser Chiefs - Oh My God (B-Unique) By Steve Rudd
If you think you've heard this tune somewhere before, don't despair...you'll probably be right.
Yes, this was actually released last Spring as the band's debut single, but since then a lot
has happened and the lads decided it would be worth reworking the
Singles Reviews - Chart Review 28th Feb 2005 with DJ Chris Plant
Now let's not beat about the bush, the first couple of months of any year are
characterised by pop music being a bit shit.
Sales are always down as people recover financially from holiday excesses,
the grim weather doesn't help either and most people in the industry will
Single Reviews - Ambulance LTD - Stay Where You Are (TVT) By Steve Rudd
This fame-finding New York outfit could cure all ills, and already they are very well known
over the Atlantic - in the States - where they have appeared on both the Jay Leno
and David Letterman TV shows amongst others.
Slowly but surely the band's profile
Music, Bands - Who Is Phil Marshall? By DJ Chris Pant
In the year 2000 Phil Marshall released a solo acoustic EP entitled The Atlantic Project.
In 2003 he released an amazing album entitled Dondonisi. Most recently,
Phil recorded a Live CD at The Big Coffee in 2004 (which I had the honour of
Singles Reviews - Chart Review 21st Feb 2005 with DJ Chris Plant
A titanic tussle at the top that lasted almost the entire week is eventually resolved in favour
of the modern generation as for the third week running Elvis Presley is beaten to the top by
someone of the current generation.
For the second week running the Number One single is a
Album Reviews - Phil Marshall - Intended As Demo's By DJ Chris Plant
I sat down today and listened to an amazing album, namely Intended As Demo's by Hull born
artist Phil Marshall.
The music is special and the lyrics have a lot of meaning.
None of this crap we are hearing in the charts (i.e. - Busted - I messedRead more...
Band News - Wanted - Killer Of Saints Seek New Vocalist
Established local alternative metal band Killer of Saints recently parted ways
with their long term vocalist.
The band are now looking for a new vocalist who will fit in with their new direction.
Band and gigging experience preferred,
Age Range 18-25,