It is a mad media frenzy, or so it seems, seven fanzine writers
stuck in a
room with Rod and Colin, guitarist and drummer respectively
of the Scottish band Idlewild. It didn't seem that wild two
years ago, January 1998 to be
exact, when I sat down with the band's bassist Rob at the
Roadmenders in Northampton before they supported the mighty
Midget and Glitterbox. The Captain EP was released and the
NME was already heralding the band's music as life changing.
Something to be felt so strong at such an early time,
perhaps it was a premature suggestion?
"Maybe not premature but it came quicker than we expected.
I suppose in
a way a little premature but we've worked enough for it, we've
worked hard for it. Though sometimes we feel we're not quite
ready for it yet, though we're warming to it now." Those
were Rob's feelings back then but what would he be feeling
now? He's currently with Roddy working on a television interview.
No-one knows where Midget went but Colin claims Glitterbox
split up not long after supporting Aerosmith at the London
You see it's all a bit mad, I'm at the Astoria on a Saturday
attending a specially arranged gig for Japanese television
or XFM gig,
whatever turns you on. Either way it co-incides with the album's
release date and in about two hours at 3pm I'll be stepping
outside in the glorious sunshine thinking "Did that just
happen?" Ah yes, the sun, Rob as I would recall "would
like to come out of his house and have the sun shine on him
every time he went to the chippy." A modest man, who
would prefer to be comfortably well off at that time in the
band's career rather than be experiencing the then Oasis proportions
of wealth and fame.
Fame though would change as after the Captain EP would come
the album "Hope Is Important" with the successful
single "When I argue I see Shapes"
, followed by "100 Broken Windows" which brings
us up to date.
Last month the single 'Actually it's darkness' preceded the
album, charting in the top thirty the band would perform on
Top Of The Pops for their first time. After the recording
the band would race down the M1 to Northampton for
touring commitments back for a late night gig at a packed