Californian based IDLEWAR bring the rock with debut album release this September.
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, which is set for release on 30th September.
The Pledge campaign is now underway, and fans will get the chance to hear and receive new material before the album is released, starting with lead single ‘Criminal’. There are plenty of exclusives to choose from so head over to their pledge site: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/idlewar
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.
As well as the new album, the band are coming over to the UK this winter with an appearance at the sold out Planet Rockstock and a just announced tour with Stone Broken.
You can catch them live on the following dates:
24th Nov – NORWICH – The Brickmakers
25th Nov – SHEFFIELD – Corporation
26th Nov – LONDON – The Black Heart
29th Nov – NEWCASTLE – The Cluny
30th Nov – EDINBURGH – Bannermans Bar
1st Dec – MANCHESTER – Rebellion Manchester
3rd Dec – PLANET ROCKSTOCK – SOLD OUT
James Blake – Vocals & bass guitar
Rick Graham – Guitar
Peter Pagonis – Drums