Modern trio far from idle

Idle Maestro.

Idle Maestro.

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HARROGATE has been a big blues town for at least 20 years but rarely has it possessed a local act with such a cutting edge as Idle Maestro.

The dynamic, modern three-piece with the cross-genre sound may not have yet achieved the success of their biggest inspirations, The Black Keys, but they’ve quietly built up a reputation and following across the Harrogate district.

Made up of lead guitarist and vocalist Alex Trewhitt and rhythm section Charles Sellers (bass/keys) and Max Trewhitt (drums), the band play their first show of 2012 at The Club on Station Parade tomorrow night, Saturday.

It’s set to be a big year for the band with the recording of their first full length album in the pipeline. Their frontman says they are determined to make the most of it.

Alex said: “This year is all about flying the coop, knuckling down and taking things to the next level.”

The boys also play Fibbers in York on January 20 in the good company of the UK Foo Fighters and shoot some videos.

It’s all a long way from the early days of this missing link between old blues and new rock.

Alex said: “Idle Maestro started life as a two piece with just me and my cousin Max jamming in a rundown old rail freight shed on our grandad’s farm.

“We were exposed to a host of bands from an early age thanks to dad such as Jethro Tull, The Who, Rory Gallagher, Zeppelin and Frank Zappa. Later I got into more modern bands like The Black Keys and White Stripes, as well as under-the-radar ones such as Radio Moscow and Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster. I even went through a phase of listening to some pretty heavy stuff like Sepultura and Machine Head.

“I guess you could say the grit and grime of the environment we used to play in played a major role in shaping our music today.”

Their last release, the Dark Horse EP, won them fans on BBC Radio York. Let’s see how far 2012 takes this talented trio.