Idlewild have joined forces with Edinburgh based Barney’s Beer to celebrate the band’s eighth album Everything Ever Written in association with The List.
The beer will be available in Scotland as part of a limited edition batch to coincide with the launch. The band and brewer are very excited to be working together to celebrate the launch of the new album and the band’s return to music after five years away.
To mark the launch, the band are having a party on Friday 6th Feb in Summerhall (Edinburgh) where the beer will be available, plus an exclusive playback of Everything Ever Written followed by a DJ set from the band. Tickets are free and available here.
The bottles will also feature a QR code that will provide access to a free download of a special acoustic performance of one of the band’s earliest and best loved tracks 'A Film For The Future’ from their album Hope Is Important.
The band tried Barney’s range from the very light Extra Pale ale to a new double Volcano IPA – the band, all beer drinkers, settled for a beer that would be sessionable and accessible to music fans and beer fans alike.
“When the band approached me to collaborate on a beer I invited them down to the brewery to have a taste of some beers and throw around some ideas.” stated Barney, the man behind the brewery.
“We’re not new to artistic collaborations having worked with John Byrne, Ryoko Tamura and Will Pickvance - so it was great to have the whole b’s input and come up with something that reflects the ideas behind Everything Ever Written”
Scottish Fiction IPA is named after a track from the band’s album The Remote Part, which featured the poem Scottish Fiction by the late Edwin Morgan. It is made with Scottish malt and American hops to mirror the album’s musical ingredients - Scottish Folk, Hebridean psychedelia, Americana and American alternative rock.
Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble commented, “Idlewild are a band of committed and enthusiastic craft beer and ale drinkers and Barneys beer has been a favourite for quite a while.”
The very limited edition brew of 1250 bottles will be available at independent beer and wine shops and also will also be available on cask for a limited time only.
The band will be touring the UK in February and March. Check their Facebook page for full details.
Idlewild single Come On Ghost will be available to buy on iTunes and all good online retailers from 9th February 2015 with album Everything Ever Written to follow on 16th February 2015 in the UK on iTunes, CD and vinyl. These and a limited, deluxe edition with exclusive live acoustic tracks recorded during the band’s recent Highlands & Islands tour are available to pre-order now from: www.pledgemusic.com/idlewild.