Tonight Idlewild have taken their places on their ever-present Persian rugs to embark on the first evening of a three-night residency, revisiting six albums, in their entirety.
The band warm up for the debut of their new album
with a few staple tracks such as ‘Too Long Awake’ and the audience warm up for the resurrection of ‘
Hope is Important’ with a bit of precursory headbanging to staple track
“This is a bit of a showcase,” observes singer Roddy Woomble, looking only slightly seasick as he
announces that this is the first time they have ever performed forthcoming record, ‘Post Electric Blues’ live.
It’s a rocker: guitarists Rod Jones and Allan Stewart are suitably drenched
and bouncing off their monitors throughout.
On Night No.2 a security barrier has materialised. Boo-hiss.
But then again it’s ‘100 Broken Windows’ night and some of us remember when Idlewild’s music was for climbing the guy next to you and leaving footprints on his face.
Prime specimens of this come in the form of encores ‘Satan Polaroid’, off infamous sapling album ‘Captain’ and postpunk barker ‘Queen Of The
“You’re making my missus cry!” shouts a punter as the band revert to their later, more reflective sound.
It’s been quite a journey from ‘Captain’ via ‘El Capitan’ – and it’s been three
blissful, sweaty, nostalgic nights in Camden Town
And while the planning, organisation and responsibility are becoming increasingly paramount,
at the heart of everything, they’ve never lost the enthusiasm, drive or devotion for
what they do, and, in spite of everything are as self-effacing as ever, if a little more stressed for it.
“We have no control,” he smiles.
“Five years ago we gave up.
I don’t know how the world works but it’s nice to know people pay to come see you at a venue,
it’s nice to headline a festival but we know how quickly that can go away.
We’re not taking it for granted but what’s kept us at this level for so long?
There are some people around you who become so successful that it becomes less about the music and all about the secondary stuff.
All I know is how to make music and that we still annoy and inspire each other in the same way we always have.
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