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Idlewild guitarist /songwriter Rod Jones, is back with a remarkable new solo project, a return to the noisy pop moments he first made his name with. With Idlewild currently on hiatus, Rod has formed new solo project, The Birthday Suit, with friends and local musicians, and sees him deliver some of the most passionate, fiery and powerful songs he has ever written.
Formed with Roddy Woomble and Colin Newton in Edinburgh in 1995, Idlewild have spent the last 16 years becoming one the UK’s most beloved indie rock acts. But after seven studio albums, four top 20 singles and numerous world tours, including supporting bands such as REM, Pearl Jam, U2 and The Rolling Stones, the band have decided to take a break to concentrate on solo projects.
Rod has been busy the last few years with a range of projects, including working with the Scottish Mental Health Foundation on the “Music Like A Vitamin” shows in 2008, the release of his debut solo album, the folk-tinged "A Sentimental Education" in 2009 and, last year, teaming up with Emma Pollock to bring together artists from Frightened Rabbit, Twilight Sad and more on the critically acclaimed “First Edition” album as part of the Fruit Tree Foundation.
But The Birthday Suit sees Rod return to the sounds of early Idlewild albums, like 100 Broken Windows, an album which was recently voted the number one Scottish album of all time by readers of The Skinny magazine.
“The last few years I’ve been tended to be picking up my acoustic guitar more and more, so it’s been almost like a release, plugging in to an amp and remembering my noisier side” said Rod. “Working with the group I’ve put together has been totally unique and wonderful. I can’t wait to get back on the road with them. I’m immensely proud of what we’ve put together and genuinely believe it to be some of the best songs I’ve ever written.”
With more still be confirmed, tour dates so far are:
Wednesday 31st Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Saturday 22nd Newcastle Cluny
Sunday 23rd London Borderline
Monday 24th York Fibbers
Wednesday 26th Manchester Ruby Lounge
Thursday 27th Glasgow King Tuts
Friday 28th Aberdeen Tunnels
Saturday 26th Stirling Tollbooth
For more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rod-Jones-solo/187301187693
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