The Birthday suit is the solo project of Idlewild guitarist / songwriter Rod Jones. Their debut album, The Eleventh Hour, was released on 11th November 2011 and saw a return to the noisy pop moments that originally established him as a
legend in the UK music scene.
Formed with Roddy Woomble and Colin Newton in Edinburgh in 1995, Idlewild spent the last 16 years becoming one of Scotland’s most beloved indie rock acts. But after seven studio albums, four top 20 singles and numerous world tours, including supporting bands such as REM, Pearl Jam, U2 and The Rolling Stones, the band decided to take a break to
concentrate on their individual solo projects.
The Eleventh Hour delivered some of the most passionate, ?ery and powerful songs Rod has ever written. It creates a sound that captures the sound of early Idlewild albums, such as 100 Broken Windows – an album that was recently
voted the number one Scottish album of the last decade by readers of The Skinny magazine.
Rod has been busy the last few years with a range of projects, including working with the Scottish Mental Health Foundation on the “Music Like A Vitamin” shows in 2008, the release of his debut solo album, the folk-tinged A Sentimental Education in 2009 and spending 2010 teaming up with Emma Pollock to bring together artists from
Frightened Rabbit, Twilight Sad (among others) on the critically acclaimed First Edition album as part of the Fruit Tree Foundation.