Idlewild announce new album, with a twist…

By on Monday, 24th November 2008 at 3:01 pm

You may well have guessed that I love Idlewild. The Scottish rockers have been around for almost as many years as I have, and have just announced details of their seventh studio album to be released next summer hopefully.

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Bloc Party, Radiohead and others, they’re doing something a bit more unique and offering fans a chance to see behind the scenes of the recording of the album early next year. All you have to do is go over to their website and sign up and pay £16.50, for which you’ll get:

  • A limited edition CD album (with free download version) in exclusive packaging & including at least one bonus track. This will be shipped within weeks of completion & before any standard release.
  • You can get your name to appear in the CD booklet with the album and on a roll-call on the web site.
  • Access to download 15 free tracks from live recordings at the King Tuts “album by album” shows In December ’08 & access to a members only section of the web site with album progress updates, exclusive photo and video content from the recording and preproduction process with diaries/blogs by individual band members and lots more.
  • Signing up will also automatically enter you into draws for special prizes, which include:
    • Get two 5 night passes for the King Tuts “album by album” shows. (Closing date – December 10th, 2008)
    • Receive special prints of the album cover, signed by all the band.
    • Have your special edition album signed by the band.
    • Get a special set of screen printed posters for each night of the King Tuts shows.
    • Get admission for 2 to sound check at any choice of gig on a forthcoming tour with passes to remain in the venue for the show.
    • Stand on stage with Idlewild’s guitar tech for a prime view of the show at any choice of gig on our own tour dates (2 tickets included).

Sounds good? Well, if this is the future of the music business, then I’m all for it – it’s always fascinating to see how bands work behind the scenes. By paying a bit more for the album you’re paying money direct to the band and getting to see far more than you normally would.

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