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"Idlewild" are a Scottish rock band formed in December 1995, by Roddy Woomble (vocals), Rod Jones (guitar), Phil Scanlon (bass), and Colin Newton (drums).

Initially their sound obeyed the conventions of 1990s British indie-punk guitar music, but unlike many of their contemporaries, it developed over time, from an edgy and angular sound approaching post-hardcore, 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 different, sweeping melodic rock sound as displayed on 'The Remote Part'. Idlewild are a truly independent band, in that they do not fit into any specific scene, though their sound has clearly been influenced by bands like Fugazi, early Pixies and more recently R.E.M..

Part of Idlewild's early success can be attributed to their singles gaining heavy rotation on Steve Lamacq's Evening Session on BBC Radio 1, as well as his all-round endorsement of them - the diminutive DJ often cites them as one of his favourite bands.

As of 21 November 2005, Idlewild announced that after eight years and four albums they were parting ways with their record label Parlophone/EMI. Part of the b...

years active 1995—present
origin Edinburgh,Scotland
music genre rock music
current members Roddy Woomble
Rod Jones
Colin Newton
Allan Stewart (musician)
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