With a sixth album on the horizon, Scottish rockers Idlewild have weathered all sorts of here-today-gone-tomorrow music trends. And though perhaps they've never quite achieved the recognition they deserve, this fine band hits Dingwalls for a wee series of special shows this week.
That's right: fans are in for a treat, because the group will be taking over the Camden venue for three evenings, playing out all five of their albums in full. They did a similar thing in Glasgow last year, and we reckon they'll fit well into the slightly-claustrophobic Dingwalls space (even if it is a Jongleurs half the time nowadays).
If three evenings seems excessive, for our money tomorrow's is the gig to be at. You'll get a snapshot of Idlewild past and present as the band tears through 1998's wonderfully scratchy, shouty debut album "Hope is Important", before playing out forthcoming new record "Post Electric Blues" in full. Or maybe it'll be the other way round - we’re not entirely sure.
While Wednesday should see them bash out second album "100 Broken Windows" and 2005's "Warnings/Promises", they'll finish up on Thursday with "The Remote Part" and their most recent album, "Make Another World". The former was compared to REM by virtually every reviewer who wrote about it, so maybe that's the one for you if you're a Michael Stipe fan.
Whichever night you choose, you should be in for a treat. According to Dingwalls, everything kicks off at 8pm each evening, so you might have to forsake that last pre-gig beer in the pub get there on time. And don't worry; there's a half-hour break between albums when you can mob the bar or sneak outside for a cigarette.