Manchester quartet Idle Hours have released new single Scream In Stereo on Someone Great Records. Carrying 80’s new wave into the modern age of technology, the track which questions the current obsession with social media and points towards a dystopia of the near future. “You dropped your phone on your face” sings frontman Jack Waldron over a wash of gritty guitars, before the song explodes into a raucous guitar solo fuelled by the narrator’s discontent with the present-day.
The band take influence from past Manchester new-wave heroes such as Magazine, The Chameleons and Gang of Four, all of whom operated under the same gloomy skies of the North-West. But Idle Hours’ inspiration lies in the data clouds of the 21st century and a very different Manchester to the one band’s of the ’80s used to sing of.
“The song is very much an observation of how social media has become a bare necessity in the lives of today’s youths, myself included’, says frontman Jack Waldron. “You look around any environment and people are glued to it; I just think we should look up more often”.
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The quartet, who formed at university in 2017, have enjoyed a productive 12 months. As well as plays on BBC Introducing Manchester, they bagged support shows with Radio 6 favourites The Orielles and Man of Moon, along with appearances at Dot to Dot and Neighbourhood Festival, sandwiched between Avalanche Party and Oscar Lang in the YES Basement. More recently, Idle Hours headlined AATMA to a sell-out audience.
Idles Hours are Jack Waldron (vocals, guitar), Tom Ashton (guitar, backing vocals), Alex Needham (bass, backing vocals) and Jimmy Brown (drums).