Idlewild

Scotland

Friday 3rd May 2019

Name, where are you from?
Roddy Woomble. I’m from Scotland. I live in the Hebrides.

Describe your style in three words?
Worn-out literary casual

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Deus at the Edinburgh Venue 1994. A teenage submersion into noisy art-rock in a dingy, magical rock club.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Dylan & The Band, Leonard Cohen - both acts played Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, so maybe I’d just join the bill, at the bottom.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
'50s Beat Poets, '60s French New Wave, late '80s US punk rock. The aesthetic, the music, the ideas, the attitude. Visionary and inspiring.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Maybe William Blake - I think he would be excellent & confusing company.

Of all the venues you’ve been to, which is your favourite?
Glasgow Barrowlands, for atmosphere. Radio City Music Hall, New York, for sense of occasion.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Michael Hurley - truly wonderful, charming, surreal songs & delivery.


Idlewild's eighth studio album 'Interview Music' is out now garnering acclaim from critics, drawing on what the band have described as a renewed sense of purpose. The Edinburgh band broke onto the scene over twenty years ago in 1997-98, championed by the like of Steve Lamacq, with songs such as 'Self Healer' and 'When I Argue I See Shapes'.

Idlewild will support the album release with a UK tour this spring. Find out more at idlewild.co.uk

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