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The Idles on Detroit Social Club,Bowie and Neil Young.

THE Idles are going from strength to strength. With a new EP freshly minted and under their arms, they have been announced as playing at the Leeds Fringe Festival. Add in a couple of local dates, and this Liverpool quintet is flying high.

I caught up with the band to find out more about what's on their iPod this week.

Just Couldn't Tie Me Down, The Black Keys "I love the old school blues influence in all the Black Keys' music, you can always hear the distorted tube sounds in their guitar and the tinniness of the drums," says guitarist Sherif Osman, 25. "Almost like a modern day Cream with no bass guitar. Yep, there are only two of them and they make that much noise!" Kiss The Sun, Detroit Social Club.

"I love the way this song builds up at the start, great way to begin an album," says rhythm guitarist Matt, 28. "They opened their live set with this when we supported them, it really gets the crowd going."

Stellify, Ian Brown "I find it hard not to march to the beat of this song when it comes on my iPod," says drummer Dan, 27. "Apparently Ian Brown wrote it for Rihanna but decided it was too good to give away. Good choice King Monkey."

The Supermen, David Bowie. "Another absolute rock legend, this is an early song, the final track from the extremely underrated ''The man who sold theWorld'' album. Bowie has always been a great inspiration and I''ve got to say, this is one of the best of the many great rock songs he has made. It's just amazing to think this song is 40 years old. Sounds very fresh today, let alone how it must have sounded back then.

This Note's for You, Neil Young & The Bluenotes.

"I absolutely love the lyrics to this song, it amazes me how it was written almost 40 years ago but sounds like he's preaching to this generation," says Sherif. "Bringing in the brass adds an extra dimension to the whole album."

Where Did All the Love Go? Kasabian "Superb infusion of dance and Indie music, plus the lyrics are a brilliant social comment," says Matt.

Catch the Idles live at Baabaa, Myrtle Street on July 16, at The Herald, Southport on August 12 and at Carpe Diem, at Leeds Fringe Festival on August 20.

Also keep an eye out for a special acoustic set to be performed in August at 3345, more info on www.myspace.com/theidlesrocknroll
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 9, 2010
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