Post Electric Blues
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Post Electric Blues
Post Electric Blues
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 11, 2009
RecordedFebruary - March 2009
StudioWales & Chem 19, Glasgow, Scotland
GenreIndie rock
LabelSelf-released, Cooking Vinyl
ProducerDave Eringa
Idlewild chronology
Make Another World
Post Electric Blues
Everything Ever Written
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound(7/10)[3]
God is in the TV4.5/5 stars[4]
The Music Magazine(favourable)[5]
PopMatters7/10 stars[6]
The Skinny4/5 stars[7]

Post Electric Blues is the sixth full-length studio album by Scottish indie rock band Idlewild, self-released to around 3000 fans in June 2009. The album was subsequently released on October 5, 2009 on Cooking Vinyl.[8] Prior to recording, guitarist Rod Jones revealed that the album has "quite an upbeat musical feel," and that it sounds "like a band having a good time."[9]

Upon the album's traditional release, Jones stated: "I think the way we approached making this record, and doing things ourselves and involving our fans just gave us the freedom and time to do what we wanted to do without any pressure. I think it has been a turning point for us."[10]

The album peaked at #90 in the UK Album Charts in its first week of physical release. It might have charted higher but the band sold a number of pre-order copies via their website, which is not a registered chart company.

The album's first single, "Readers & Writers" was released digitally on September 28.[8]

The album was performed in full on May 19, 2009 at Dingwalls, in London.[11]

Background and recording

Following the release of Make Another World, Idlewild's label, Sanctuary Records, went into administration, leaving the band without a recording contract. Idlewild subsequently decided to release their next studio album directly to their fanbase. In November 2008, the band launched a new website,, with the following message:[12]

Those that pre-ordered the album received fifteen exclusive live tracks from the band's recent King Tut's residency, blog entries from band members and exclusive video footage from the recording process.

According to vocalist Roddy Woomble, the first track written for Post Electric Blues was album opener "Younger Than America". Influenced by Westerns and Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Woomble states that:[13]

Regarding the album's lyrical content, Woomble states that he wanted "to have a more off-the-cuff feel to the record".

In early January 2009, the band entered pre-production with frequent producer Dave Eringa at their rehearsal space in Rosyth, Fife.[14] In February, Idlwild and Eriga decamped to a converted farm house in Bethesda, Wales, near Snowdonia National Park, to record the album. The band spent two weeks recording the album in Wales, before returning to Scotland to add overdubs from additional musicians, John Blackshaw, John McCusker and Heidi Talbot at Chem19 Studios. By March, guitarist Rod Jones and Eringa had relocated to Eringa's house in London to being mixing the album. At this time, Jones began recording his debut solo album, A Sentimental Education using Eringa's equipment.[15]

The album was subsequently posted to fans in June 2009, and released on October 5, 2009 on Cooking Vinyl records.


The album's artwork features band photographs taken by photographer David Gillanders. The photographs were taken in January 2009 at the band's rehearsal studio in Rosyth. Regarding the album's artwork, vocalist Roddy Woomble states that:[16]


A note was included with the pre-order album package thanking fans for their patience and asking them not to upload the album on to the internet. However, this note was ignored and it has been freely available on the internet since mid-June 2009.[17]

Track listing

All songs written by Jones/Newton/Russell/Stewart/Woomble.

  1. "Younger Than America" - 3:57
  2. "Readers & Writers" - 2:50
  3. "City Hall" - 3:21
  4. "(The Night Will) Bring You Back to Life" - 3:24
  5. "Dreams of Nothing" - 3:08
  6. "Take Me Back to the Islands" - 4:58
  7. "Post-electric" - 5:08
  8. "All Over the Town" - 2:07
  9. "To Be Forgotten" - 3:23
  10. "Circles in Stars" - 3:47
  11. "Take Me Back in Time" - 4:38


  • "No Wiser" - 3:26 (pre-order bonus track)
  • "Take Away the Night Time" (standard release bonus track)
  • "Take Me Back In Time" (demo) (standard release bonus track)
  • "(The Night Will) Bring You Back to Life" (demo) ("Readers & Writers" b-side)
  • "Again (Let the Buildings Burn Bright)" (City Hall single)


  • Roddy Woomble - lead vocals
  • Rod Jones - guitar, backing vocals, keyboards
  • Colin Newton - drums, percussion
  • Allan Stewart - guitar
  • Gareth Russell - bass
  • John Blackshaw - trumpet ("Readers & Writers")
  • John McCusker - violin ("Younger Than America" and "Take Me Back to the Islands")
  • Heidi Talbot - vocals ("Younger Than America" and "Take Me Back to the Islands")
  • Dave Eringa - producer, engineer, mixing, hammond organ ("Younger Than America", "Readers & Writers" and "Take Me Back to the Islands")
  • Tom Loffman - mixing engineer
  • Ed Woods - mastering
  • David Gillanders - photography
  • Monkeywithapen - design
  • Andy Irvine - web tech
  • Mika Okamoto - additional web tech


  1. ^ "Reviews for Post Electric Blues by Idlewild - Metacritic". Metacritic.
  2. ^ Andrew Leahey. "Post Electric Blues". AllMusic.
  3. ^ Neil Ashman. "Album Review: Idlewild - Post Electric Blues". DrownedInSound.
  4. ^ God is in the TV review[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Get a loan today!".
  6. ^ "Idlewild". PopMatters.
  7. ^ "Idlewild - Post Electric Blues - The Skinny". Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ a b Lindsay, Andrew. "Idlewild set official release date for "Post Electric Blues"". Retrieved .
  9. ^ Lindsay, Andrew. "Interview: Rod Jones (Idlewild)". Archived from the original on 2016-01-28. Retrieved .
  10. ^ Lindsay, Andrew. "Interview: Rod Jones". Archived from the original on 2016-01-28. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Lindsay, Andrew. "Idlewild perform new album in full". Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Idlewild". Retrieved .
  13. ^ [1] Archived October 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "Idlewild > Registration Form". Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Idlewild > Registration Form". Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Idlewild > Registration Form". Archived from the original on 2014-01-01. Retrieved .
  17. ^ Note included within package

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