April 3, 2003 |
For Roddy Woomble, 26-year-old singer and songwriter for the alt-rock band Idlewild, growing up cool and Scottish is to grow up with a conflict. Not a political conflict so much but a personal and even musical one. On the band's new album, "The Remote Part," Woomble's sublimated, introspective lyrics wrestle with the idea of belonging in a place with such a strong identity as the Scottish Highlands, while real contemporary identity is cobbled together from elsewhere. Woomble should know.