One day in October last year i was sat at home contemplating what i was going to do with my evening when I received a text from one of my friends. "Oliver, fancy coming to see Idlewild tonight? my sister has a free guest-list spot!." For me Idlewild are one of those amazing bands that you've always loved but never quite got around to seeing live, so it was an easy decision to make.

So I got dressed, put on my headphones and made the short journey from my house to Camden to meet up with my friends. The journey, accompanied by a selection of Idlewild songs blasting from my Ipod, really made me excited for the night ahead, but first I would have to listen to the support bands. Usually at this point I would be hitting the bar but it was far too packed for that. I had to make do with the first support band, Johnny Foreigner.

Wow! every single song that this band played blew me away. They had a crazy energy about them, especially Alexei (guitar and vocals) with his manic guitar playing that reminded me of Billy Corgan at his messy best. But more than just pure energy they managed to write great pop songs too.

After that the rest of night was quite a let down. Don't get me wrong, Idlewild were bloody fantastic but after JF's set it was hard to concentrate. All their songs seemed to shuffle in my mind and the only thing I could think about was I HAVE TO HAVE THEIR MUSIC ON CD!

As soon as I got home after the gig I tried my very hardest to get my hands on some of their songs but all I could find were some dodgily recorded demo's. So after that I kind of forgot about them. Then a few months later I was trawling itunes when i came across their 'Arcs Across The City' ep, which I immediately bought. It was great and a few of the songs from that are on the new album, but ultimately it left me wanting, no, needing, more.

But it's with my pleasure to announce that their debut album Waited Up Til It Was Light is without doubt the best album I've heard this year. Every single song on this album is as good as each other to the point that singling out tracks to talk about is an incredibly hard thing to do. I could talk about the amazing pop spectacular called 'Eyes Wide Terrified' til the cows come home, or how 'Salt, Pepper Spinderella' will tear your ears apart with every second, but words could never do this record the justice it deserves. If you're looking for an example of what they sound like then you needn't look further than the influences they list on their myspace page, the difference is that they've seemingly bettered a lot of the music their influences have created.

At the time, that busy bar at the Idlewild show really annoyed me but looking back now it was one of the best things to happen to me. Without it I might have missed out on one of the best bands to come out of England in a very long time.