Hailing from the hallowed turf of Orange County, the Californian hard rock trio Idlewar have finally unveiled their full length, debut album, ‘Impulse‘. Produced by Idlewar drummer Pete Pagonis and mastered by Brian Lucey (Ghost ‘Meliora‘, Black Keys ‘El Camino‘ and Arctic Monkeys ‘AM‘), the album was released last Friday, 30 September via PHD.
With forthcoming appearances lined up in November as support to Stone Broken, Idlewar are setting the airwaves abuzz, indeed Classic Rock Magazine have hailed the talented three-piece as ‘immense’. Here is my humble opinion of the album, for your pleasure …
The album kicks off with ‘Stone In My Heel’; a moody, QOTSA-esque offering that does nothing to ease the listener in gently to the general ambience of this ten track journey. There aren’t many lyrics and what there is certainly reinforces the title of the song.
Second song ‘Soul’ begins with a funk-tastic riff with some meandering vocals over the top. This is bound to be a hit in the rock clubs; it has that chuggy, stompy feel to it that nobody will be able to resist and it’s probably one of my favourites for that very reason.
‘Criminal’ is the first track released from ‘Impulse‘ and again, it’s a stompy, attitude laden piece that should translate well live. Make sure that you check out the video (link below). ‘All That I’ve Got’ begins with a heavy, de-tuned feel and at first listen, it seems to be a bit of a ballad (how we hate that word). There are some tidy vocals from James Blake here, even if it might be a bit ponderous until the solo guitar work kicks in at nearly four minutes into the track.
The rest of the album continues in the same vein, with the best of the rest for me being ‘Glory’ (always love a song that starts with strong drums and a dirty riff), ‘Apathy’ for the cool guitar work and a fitting finale, ‘On Our Knees’. That last track (the second single) is pacy, upbeat and a satisfying last slice to finish off the yummy pie that is ‘Impulse‘.
Overall, this is a tidy, accomplished offering from a band who are obviously passionate about music and who are poised on the cusp of good things. As debut albums go, it’s not a bad start, indeed it is a solid follow up to the ‘Dig In‘ EP. Did I love it? Well, I thought it to be more of a grower; it’s the sort of album that you will find something different in each time you listen to it. I would certainly like to check out these gentlemen on stage to see how the music translates in the live experience; unfortunately Planet Rock Radio’s ‘RockStock’ is sold out, however it will be worth heading to a Stone Broken show later this year, where Idlewar will, I’m sure, do a sterling support job. I have just literally just heard today that The Black Heart, London is sold out … better move fast if you want to catch these guys!
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
Track listing: –
- Stone In My Heel
- All That I’ve Got
- On Our Knees