RODDY WOOMBLE has announced a run of UK dates for 2018 as he continues to tour his latest solo outing 'The Deluder’.
Roddy Woomble released his latest album ‘The Deluder’ on A Modern Way/Empty World last year and will be touring the UK throughout March 2018. Support for the tour comes from rising singer-songwriter and A Modern Way label-mate Tom Joshua. Kicking off in Stirling on 15th March, the run spanning across three weeks takes in 10 dates across Scotland and England with an appearance at Stockton Calling Festival on 31 March. Full dates as follows:
Following on from the brooding, atmospheric 'Like Caruso’ single and showcasing the diversity of his acclaimed fourth solo album ‘The Deluder’ - recent single ’Jupiter’ sees Roddy and his band in a surreal & playful mood channeling both solo McCartney and Pavement, in a quirky, melodic and memorable pop song.
On the single ‘Jupiter’, Woomble says:
“ The song actually started out as something I was making up for (and with) my son, who is eight years old and quite interested in astronomy - working on it with my band, who are all adults, it developed and took on a new meaning; the emphasis, and hope we place in mysterious things we don’t fully understand. Constellations, Planets, astrology, the secrets we keep from each other, while still aiming to keep some of the fun, irreverent nature of the original idea, both in the music and lyrics"
The video for the song was filmed in Berlin by director Oscar Sansom, a long standing collaborator with Roddy.
After Idlewild’s 2015 album ‘Everything Ever Written’, the band were set on writing and recording another album straight away, and they started that process off, however everyone’s life took over in one way or another and they decided to take a break from it for the time being.
Up in the Hebrides, with winter approaching Roddy decided to start with another sort of record, what would turn into his most personal, introspective album of songs. Working mainly with Andrew Mitchell (Guitar and Bass) Danny Grant (Drums, Programming) and Luciano Rossi (Piano, Keyboards, Bass) over the winter of 2016/17 in Edinburgh, London and the Isle of Mull he recorded and mixed the album ‘The Deluder’ .
The record was produced and performed by the four of them, with contributions with other long standing collaborators Hannah Fisher (Violin & Vocals) and Sorren Maclean (Guitar).
Roddy doesn’t do themes, he collects songs together and records them over a period of time, and a loose narrative starts to develop between them. It’s a mix of listening, reading, think travelling and writing that combines into something slightly new each time, on every record. That said, during the course of writing and recording ‘The Deluder’ Roddy turned 40 and the emphasis we place on age, particularly moving from one decade into another was not lost on him this time around, “The significance is either there or not, it depends on your circumstance and how much time, thought, and angst you care to put into it” said Roddy.
On turning 40 Roddy looked to two quotes, one from George Orwell - ‘At 40 a man has the face he deserves’ , the other by Danish philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer - ‘The first forty years of life give us the text: the next thirty supply the commentary’ . “That certainly got me thinking” said Roddy, “‘The Deluder’ might be some sort of reaction, maybe justification, in the context of my life, my relationships, my choices - in the face of those ideas.”
As frontman of Scottish indie rock band Idlewild, Roddy has notched up eight acclaimed albums and three compilations, two of which charted in the UK top ten. They have released twelve UK top forty singles and have toured throughout the world, as a headline act, and also as support to REM, U2, Pearl Jam and the Rolling Stones amongst others
‘The Deluder’ is out now via A Modern Way/Empty World.