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07 October 2021

Idlewild Announce First Vinyl Release Of ‘Warnings/Promises’

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Idlewild will continue their 25th anniversary celebrations by releasing their 2005 album, Warnings/Promises, on vinyl for the first time. The album will be released exclusively through Dig! on 5 November.

Certified Silver by the BPI, Warnings/Promises was the band’s fourth album and their second to break into the Top 10 following the success of their previous album, The Remote Part. After the release of The Remote Part, the band had a change in personnel with Gavin Fox replacing bassist Bob Fairfoull and touring guitarist Allan Stewart became a permanent member.

Warnings/Promises saw them take a different approach to the writing process, involving the whole band for the first time with a sound that marked a shift towards melodic rock as well as contemporary folk. A more stripped back sound than their previous albums, it featured the singles I Understand It, El Capitan and lead single, Love Steals Us From Loneliness.

In an exclusive interview with Dig!, singer Roddy Woomble commented, “Warnings/Promises was our attempt at becoming a new band, or at least a new version of an old band. With Gavin and Allan in the group and Bob not involved, we were determined to sound like nothing we’d done before. So all our new influences reached into our work – Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Byrds, CSN, Little feat, Fairport Convention – combined with the brand of loud Scottish Indie Rock we’d become known for. We wrote the songs in the Scottish Highlands and recorded them in summer in Los Angeles. So the record is a mix of circumstance, influence and location. It became maybe the most divisive album for Idlewild fans, but with time the songs have cemented themselves as some of the best we’ve ever made together.”

Idlewild met and formed in Edinburgh in 1995. Over their 25-year career they have released eight studio albums and have toured all over the world as a headline act, as well as support to R.E.M., Pearl Jam and U2 amongst others. The rescheduled shows from their 25th anniversary tour are…

Sun 13 Nov – Stourbridge – Town Hall
Fri 19 Nov – Cardiff – Tramshed
Sat 20 Nov – Manchester – 02 Ritz
Sun 21 Nov – London – Electric Brixton
Sat 27 Nov – Edinburgh – Usher Hall

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