The Poetry of Idlewild

Published: 2004-06-21
Sometime this summer, there will be a new Idlewild album on the shelves of your local music store. The Scottish band is currently in Los Angeles, working on what will become their fourth full-length album. Tony Hoffer, who has also worked with Beck and the Thrills, is producing the group's new record.

Before Idlewild headed off to America, the five-piece was first in Sweden, where they recorded five songs with the producer of their last album, Dave Eringa. From there they went back home to Scotland and wrote the rest of the material to be included on the upcoming album.

The band's last album 'In Remote Part' was the group's most successful effort to date. Gaining Idlewild fans on both sides of the Atlantic, the group was able to tour around the world on the strength of 'In Remote Part'. The 2002 record has gone on to sell over 250,000 copies world wide.

The rock music that Idlewild creates is much more like poetry set to guitars than anything else. Inspired by the greats of literature, Idlewild strive to bring the beauty of the written word to their music. The band is highly art conscious and even asked that fans support their local poet on the last album.

If any further evidence of Idlewild's obsession with literature is needed, look no further than Canada. Their band name is taken from the book of one of Canada's most celebrated authors. In L.M. Montgomery's novel 'Anne of Green Gables', lead heroine Anne Shirley speaks of a 'romantic spot' she's discovered on Prince Edward Island: "We call it Idlewild. Isn't that a poetical name?"

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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