As one of the most prolific groups of the late 1990s and early 2000s, last December's news Idlewild had recorded a new album felt like the icing on a mouthwatering Christmas cake. Having been on a self-imposed hiatus since the early part of 2010, it was always touch and go whether Idlewild would make another record together, particularly with Roddy Woomble's solo career having taken off during the interim period.
Nevertheless, there was also a sense of trepidation. For starters, the Idlewild that recorded their most recent long player, 2009's 'Post Electric Blues', were coming from an entirely different place musically to the one that recorded their first, 1998's 'Captain'. Forget the personnel involved; aside from Woomble, fellow original members Rod Jones and Colin Newton also play on the new record. It's clear from the direction taken since the departure of long-standing bass player Bob Fairfoull after 2002's 'The Remote Part' Idlewild were mutating into a new entity.
So it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that 'Everything Ever Written', their eighth studio album and first in five years, follows a similar path to that of its last three predecessors. With newcomers Andrew Mitchell (bass) and Lucci Rossi (keyboards) on board alongside the aforementioned three mainstays, it's a mature, focused yet overtly safe record that announces their return with a whimper rather than scream. While the songs themselves sound polished, there's an air of politeness surrounding their existence that suggests the fire of yore has disappeared for good.
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Idlewild return this year with their album 'Everything Ever Written'. It's their eight album and one that crosses genres from Folk to Indie then American and back again. But what is undeniably true is that it is pure Idlewild at their best, back on form and with the addition of new members Andrew Mitchell and Luciano Rossi, they're a band reborn.
Guitarist Rod Jones answers some questions about their return and their plans for the future.
CM: How does it feel to be back?
I: Really good thanks. Its been a couple of years we've been writing and recording but since we announced the new record and tour the support and reaction has been great. Its not something we expected and its incredibly heartwarming to see the enthusiasm from our fans. It really feels like a new band now, with our very talented new members Andrew and Luciano and the possibilities for the future musically are limitless and exciting.
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