Idlewild guitarist Rod Jones has been making music with his band The Birthday Suit for the last few years. Together, they have released two albums with a third - 'A Hollow Hole Of Riches' - ready to drop in Spring next year. The album promises to be a step above the previous two and their latest single 'A Bigger World' (featuring Scott Hutchison from Frightened Rabbit) is testament to that.
Rod took time out before hitting the road to chat to us about the new album, Idlewild and a very odd online campaign to boycott Idlewild members' side projects.
CM: After Idlewild's success, were you apprehensive to start a solo project of your own?
Rod: Not really. It felt more like a fresh start without the pressure and expectation of an Idlewild album. I had been working with a group of good friends and musicians for a while and it felt quite organic and exciting. I knew that we'd be starting from scratch despite my previous work and there was something freeing about that.
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Far from being idle, or for that matter wild, and with his former band on a very long term sabbatical or extended hiatus, Rod Jones has decided to form his own band. The Birthday Suit is the Idlewild guitarist's new platform for showcasing the much loved honorary Scot's new material. After releasing his more 'delicate' solo album 'A Sentimental Education' back in 2010 Rod has been reawakened to his 'Noisier side' by sidelining all things acoustic and plugging back in his amp.
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