Being a up-and-coming rock band in Nashville, Tennessee is most likely very annoying. You are not anywhere near the Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus wanna-be's vying for the monstrous pop stardom, nor are you filling your nights drudging around the open mic circuit doing your yes Sheryl Crow meets Patsy Cline. You don't care that the nerd from The Black Keys and Jack White grace your local bar. You think J.J. Cale is a dad rock hero and you know how much country history your Southern hometown holds, but you just want to play and have fun on the road.
Though Nashville four-piece Idle Bloom may understand the cultural importance of the town in which they currently reside (their drummer is the only local born), they find more iconoclastic influence in the likes of "Dennis Rodman, Princess Diana and Satan". The indie rock band employ spooky female vocals that sound like a haunted Beach Boys— melody, pretty, intelligent and atmospheric. Their latest single "Fare Fumo" was written for front woman Olivia Scibelli's little sister.
"Fare Fumo" loosely translates as “to smoke something” in Italian," Scibelli told Noisey. "My family is Italian and I wrote this song for my sister. It’s a nod to growing up. Life is full of oppressors and she’s brilliant. I wanted her to know that it’s okay to just say to hell with them."
The video was directed and compiled by the band's drummer Weston Sparks, who has been working on a found footage and recycled cinema collective in called "Sleeveless" for a while now. For "Fare Fumo", Sparks found an old VHS camcorder in a thrift store while down in Florida and one night, the band got drunk on a box of wine and shot one another "hanging out looking spooky". Later, Sparks decided to turn the footage into a music video and intercut it with disaster footage and how-to videos that you might be forced to watch during training at a minimum wage job.
"I think we just wanted to make something that felt natural and was slightly trippy," said Scibelli.
The band embarks on tour again this Friday to support the "Fare Fumo" split 7" with Nashville's Churchyard (Theory 8 Records) while their EP will drop later this fall. (Listen to more Idle Bloom HERE.)
IDLE BLOOM ON TOUR
10/16/15 Lexington KY The Green Lantern*
10/19/15 Pittsburg PA Howlers*
10/20/15 Thomas WV Purple Fiddle*
10/21/15 Morgantown WV 123 Pleasant Street*
10/22/15 Abingdon VA Wolf Hills Brewing co*
10/23/15 Charlottesville VA The Garage*
10/24/15 Barnesville OH Albert s George Youth*
11/02/15 Nashville, TN - Exit/In with Babes in Toyland & Kitten Forever
11/25/15 Chattanooga, TN- JJ’s Bohemia*
11/26/15 Greenville, SC- Radio Room*
11/27/15 Charlotte, NC- Petra’s Piano Bar*
11/28/15 Knoxville, TN- Jig and Reel*
11/29/15 Cincinnati, OH- The Yacht Club with Leggy
11/30/15 Cleveland, OH- Now That’s Class
12/1/15 Rochester, NY- The Bug Jar
12/2/15 Albany, NY- 51 3rd with Moon Magick and Swanfeeder
12/3/15 Boston, MA- Venue TBA
12/4/15 Brooklyn, NY- Silent Barn
12/5/15 Philadelphia, PA- Hong Kong Garden with MP, Littler, and Spirit of the Beehive
12/6/15 Richmond, VA- Venue TBA
12/7/15 Asheville, NC- Venue TBA
(* = with Stone Jack Jones)