15 Mar 2008


Origin Edinburgh,Scotland
Genre(s) Alternative rock
Indie rock
Years active 1995—present
Label(s) Pye (2006 - )
Food / Parlophone (1998 - 2006)
Associated acts DeSalvo

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's sound cannot be easily placed into a specific genre, though they have clearly been influenced by bands like Blur, Nirvana, Gang Of Four, R.E.M., The Smiths and Fugazi.

Hope Is Important released 1998 (see 1998 in music) is the first full-length album by Scottish band Idlewild, following on from their earlier six-track release Captain.

From it, the singles "A Film for the Future" (charting at No.53), "Everyone Says You're So Fragile" (47), "I'm a Message" (41) and "When I Argue I See Shapes" (19) were all released, their success encouraging album sales and helping to establish Idlewild as a key part of the post-Britpop British indie scene.