Idlewar has been making the headlines, with Classic Rock Magazine calling the Californian hard rock trio “Immense” and Planet Rock Radio playlisting the band, plus confirming them for SOLD OUT Rockstock 2016.
Following the well received debut EP Dig In, IDLEWAR IS BACK, with the release of their greatly anticipated first full length album, Impulse, in association with Pledge Music and PHD.
With the core tracking for the album’s ten songs recorded in just two days, Idlewar throws down a debut album which has an abundance of raw power. This new release shows the growth of the Orange County, Californian three piece, as Impulse offers a widened scope to listeners, whilst remaining firmly planted in heavy / hard rock sonics.
“The writing process has become easier between the three of us. Initially, because it was all so new, there was a ‘feeling out’ period, but once we became more comfortable, the creative process opened things up so much”, says drummer Pete Pagonis, who also produced ‘Impulse’. The album was given its final audio punch, with mastering by Brian Lucey (Ghost ‘Meliora’, Black Keys ‘El Camino’, Arctic Monkeys ‘AM’, plus albums by David, ‘Twin Peaks’ ‘Dune’, Lynch) in Los Angeles.
From the one, two, three, groove drenched punches of ‘Stone In My Heel’, ‘Soul’ and ‘Criminal’, Idlewar showcase riffs, hooks and melodies with ease. By the time you reach track four, ‘All That I’ve Got’, vocalist / bassist James Blake delivers a stunning, emotionally charged vocal performance. Throughout Impulse, Blakes’ vocals captures the essence of Idlewar, but never over-riding the well oiled, organic, solid instrumentation that he, Pagonis and guitarist Rick Graham professionally deliver, from start to finish. Never letting up but allowing enough variety to engage listeners, Impulse is THE sound of Idlewar, and by the time ‘Glory’ knocks you to the floor and closing track, the speed junkie ‘On Our Knees’, hits you between the eyes, you’ll be ready to press the repeat button.
Impulse is officially released 30th September 2016 via PHD.
Idlewar UK Tour With Stone Broken
24th Nov – NORWICH – Brickmakers Arms
25th Nov – SHEFFIELD – The Corporation
26th Nov – LONDON – The Black Heart
28th Nov – BRIGHTON – The Hope And Ruin
29th Nov – NEWCASTLE – The Cluny
30th Nov – EDINBURGH – Bannermans
1st Dec – MANCHESTER – Rebellion
3rd Dec – PLANET ROCKSTOCK (SOLD OUT) – Idlewar only
James Blake – Vocals & bass guitar
Rick Graham – Guitar
Peter Pagonis – Drums