King Tut’s, Glasgow, Wed 17–Sun 21 Dec
It’s a good time to be an Idlewild fan. For one thing there’s a new album on the way, set to be released in April, and before that we have this one-off run of King Tut’s shows – that’s six brilliant records delivered live, across five nights. He’s just become a father and, as ever, is busy with all manner of folky projects, but when we catch up with frontman Roddy Woomble at home, it’s clear he can’t wait to get back to the noisier side of music-making.
‘The last record was a bit of a disaster in terms of promotion, with the label being sold just two months after it was released, but we’re realists. The music industry is going through massive changes and although we got offered a few deals we’ve decided to put our next record out ourselves, with the help of the Scottish Arts Council. It just made more sense for us. With the internet pre-sale we’ll get it to people directly and all the extras for fans mean you can be personally involved in the album in some way.’
Those eager to hear new material, however, will have to wait a little longer, as these forthcoming Glasgow shows will be classic material only. ‘It’s going to be funny doing ‘Hope Is Important’ and ‘Captain’ because they were written by a band of 19-year-olds and we play them really differently now. Actually we need to get rehearsing as there’s a few songs we’ve never done live … but the spirit of this week of gigs is not about perfection, it’s about putting on something really special.’