Idlewild is a rock band which formed in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1995. The band currently comprises of Roddy Woomble (lead vocals), Rod Jones (guitar, backing vocals), Colin Newton (drums), Allan Stewart (guitar) and Gareth Russell (bass). The band has released six albums: “Hope is Important” (1998), “100 Broken Windows” (2000), “The Remote Part” (2002), “Warnings/Promises” (2005), “Make Another World” (2007) and “Post Electric Blues” (2009).
Initially, Idlewild’s sound was faster and more dissonant than many of their 1990s indie rock contemporaries. However, it developed over time from an edgy and angular sound (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 sweeping, melodic rock sound as displayed on The Remote Part and Warnings/Promises. While Idlewild’s sound cannot be easily placed into a specific genre, they have clearly been influenced by the likes of: Gang of Four, Pavement, R.E.M., Blur and Fugazi.