Roddy Woomble frontman of Scottish indie rock band Idlewild is set to release his latest solo album The Deluder on September 1st. I caught up with Roddy last week in the midst of his UK tour to find out all about the highly anticipated album including new single ‘Jupiter’ and what it’s really like going solo.
Find Roddy’s upcoming UK tour dates and listen to his latest single which will feature on the album below.
How does your new album The Deluder differ from your previous solo albums?
It is more eclectic, and largely not folky, which my other solo albums have tended to be. I suppose it’s also a bit bleaker, atmospheric, tense, and introspective. At the same time it’s also quite playful and surreal. It’s an interesting record!
Your new single Jupiter seems to be quite a playful song lyrically, where did the inspiration for the track come from and is it a sign of things to come on the album?
There is maybe only one more song on the record with the same vibe. Otherwise it’s all a bit more downbeat. ‘Jupiter’ came from something i was messing about with my son, who is 8 and likes astromony and also making up songs. I developed the idea with my band, and now it’s still about planets and stars, but also about superstition and deception.
Have you noticed any big changes throughout your career both with Idlewild and as a solo artist in the way you write songs and the kind of themes and emotions your music deals with?
Well things change as you get older for sure. When I was 19 and just starting I was interested in short lines – phrases that i could shout over riffs that would be memorable. Now of course, 21 years later, i’m pretty comfortable with delving a bit deeper into the pysche. I’m alot more patient than i was when i started the band, and I think that comes across in the lyrics and the music. I’m not in a rush.
Which country or venue are you most looking forward to performing at on your upcoming tour?
I’m quite happy to be playing all of them to be honest. I’m making my first trip with the solo band to Italy, France and Germany, which is really encouraging as idlewild never really had much luck in mainland Europe, despite touring frequently. Maybe they will like me more. Scotland is always good to me, and the Glasgow show at the city halls is my biggest headline solo show. So that will be wonderful.
In 2008 you recorded a collaborative album Before the Ruin, if you could collaborate with one artist or band in the future who would it be?
Hmmm. I really like minimal electronic music, particulary from the kompact label in Germany. I guess i’d like to write some words and sing over someone’s beats. Michael Mayer perhaps.
Do Idlewild have any plans to release new music in the near future?
Yes we are about half way through recording a follow up to ‘Everything Ever Written’. Our rough plan is to have it all finished by the spring of 2018. I guess it would come out later that year, or early in 2019. We’re taking our time with the album though.
Upcoming UK Tour Dates
Sun 20th Doune The Rabbit Hole, Doune
Sat 2nd O2 Academy 2, Liverpool
Sun 3rd Moseley Folk Festival, Birmingham
Mon 4th Stage 2, Gateshead
Wed 6th The Boileroom, Guildford
Thur 7th Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea
Fri 8th 02 Academy 2, Oxford
Sun 10th Con Club, Lewes
Mon 11th Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
Sat 7th Mareel Arts Centre, Shetland
Thu 12th The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Fri 13th Pleasance, Edinburgh
Sat 14th City Halls, Glasgow
Mon 16th Birnam Arts Centre, Birnam
Tue 17th Deaf Institute, Manchester
Wed 18th Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Thu 19th The Musician, Leicester
Fri 20th Islington Assembly Hall, London
Sat 21st Thekla, Bristol
Sun 22nd The Globe, Cardiff
Tue 24th Brudnell Social Club, Leeds
Thu 26th Voodoo, Belfast
Sat 28th An Tobar, Isle of Mull