"A Sleep & A Forgetting" out 2/14/12.

two albums!you read it right. Albums plural. On May 13th, Nick Thorburn’s Manque Music will release Islands 6th and 7th records. This is not a double album, and these are not twins. These are two very varied collection of songs; one a demented interpretation of pop music, with a focus on synthesizers and drum machines (This one is called Taste), and the other an attempt at rock n’ roll, with live-off-the-floor performances by the foursome. And a tap dancer on one track. (This one is called Should I Remain Here At Sea?)

Read all about it here

and then go and pre-order here, at our pledge campaign page (where you can a ton of crazy extras from the band):

or iTunes:


At the risk of cramming your cranium with too much info, there are also tour dates too. Check the tourdates page!

Starting August 30th ISLANDS is confirmed to begin a fall tour including stops through Texas, Florida, and New York. All the dates can be found below with ticket links:

August 29 – Cincinnati OH – Fountain Square

August 30 –  St. Louis MO – Firebird

September 31 – Columbia MO – MOJO

September 2 – Kansas City MO – The Riot Room

September 3 – Norman OK – The Opolis

September 4 – Dallas TX – Club Dada

September 5 – Austin TX – The Parish

September 6 – Houston TX – Walter’s

September 7 – Baton Rouge LA – Spanish Moon

September 9 – Tallahassee FL – Club Downunder

September 10 – Gainesville FL – High Dive

September 11 – Orlando FL – The Social

September 12 – Atlanta GA – The Earl

September 13 – Columbia SC – New Brookland Tavern

September 15 – Chapel Hill NC – Local 506

September 16 – Charlottesville VA – The Southern

September 17 – Brooklyn NY – Baby’s All Right

September 18- Pittsburgh PA – Altar Bar

September 19 – Cleveland OH – Grog Shop

September 20 – Louisville KY – Zanzabar

Hi California,

Nick Diamonds will be cruising down the coast with The Both next month. Catch Nick and Evan of Islands play an “intimate and interactive” set which will “imaze” you, as they like to say. Show details are below as well as in the Tour tab.

06/11/14          Napa, CA                                City Winery  | tickets

06/12/14          San Francisco, CA                  Great American Music Hall | tickets 

06/13/14          Pomona, CA                           The Glass House | tickets

06/14/14          Los Angeles, CA                     El Rey Theatre | tickets 

06/15/14          Solana Beach, CA                   Belly Up | tickets

See you soon, CA!

P.S. here‘s a little treat from Nick:


Islands is wrapping up their frigid trans-Canadian tour, aka the #sadtour, in about a week, which will be closely followed by the start of a solo tour by Nick Diamonds of Islands (joining him will be Islands bandmate, Evan Gordon), in support of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo’s new duo, The Both, on the East US coast. Check out dates in the Tour tab. Hopefully this next run is a little more warm and a lot less sad.

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On a lighter note, Nick was recently interviewed by Matt Moskal backstage at the recent Islands Winnipeg show in Canada. The duo discuss deep topics like the meaning of water, slapping bandmates on stage, Nick’s discography, The Unicorns, favorite bands of the moment, and much more in the podcast which can and should be streamed HERE.

Islands’ were really excited to play at Pappy & Harriet’s, a much beloved venue located in Joshua Tree, California, this past January. A talented team of videographers tagged along to make a few short videos of the band hanging in the desert and playing a couple tunes at the show. Watch this video of Islands playing “Shotgun Vision”, off the album, Ski Mask,  live at Pappy & Harriet’s on January 16, 2014.

SHOTGUN VISION // Live at Pappy & Harriet’s

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C  R  E  D  I  T  S  :
Director: Matt Goodhue
Camera: Andy Melo
Audio Mix: Jimmy Welsh

No matter which continent you’re reading this from, we hope this year’s PRIMAVERA line up has enticed you to join Islands in heading to Barcelona in May!  You’ll find Islands at the Parc del Fòrum stage on Saturday, May 31. Set time is still TBD, but we promise to keep you posted. Watch the official Primavera line up video here and if you want more, take a peek at what SPIN has to say about the whole sha-bang. 140128-primavera-sound-lineup-schedule


ISLANDS are set to hit the road this Spring with a full Canadian tour kicking off on March 10th in Halifax.  They’ll hit both coasts for a series of shows supporting their newest album, Ski Mask, in cities including Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver. A few US dates are in the mix as well, including shows in Portland, Maine, Grand Rapids, and Fargo.

Released last September, Islands’ latest album, Ski Mask, showcases Thorburn at his “predictably unpredictable” best.  A record that is equal parts beauty and venom, Ski Mask percolates with the kind of polymorphous pop and hooky, left-of-center rock songs that have long been the band’s stock and trade. Catch the band near you in March 2014! Full dates and ticket links below:

Tour Dates

March 10 – Halifax, NS – Hell’s Kitchen

March 11 – Fredericton, NB – The Capital  Complex

March 12 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall

March 13 – Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa

March 14 – Guelph, ON – Ebar

March 15 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern

March 16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Founders Brewery, Co.

March 17 – Evanston, IL – SPACE

March 18 – Milwaukee, WI – Mad Planet

March 20 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium

March 21 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret

March 22 – Regina, SK – Cultural Exchange

March 23 – Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s

March 25 – Calgary, AB – Republik

March 26 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite

March 29 – Rossland, BC – Rafters @ Red Mountain

March 31 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club

April 1 – Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar

We are REALLY excited to announce that Islands has just confirmed a European tour! Stops include dates in Belgium, France, the UK, and a handful in Germany. Take a peek at details and tickets here:

27-Feb-14 // London, UK // Birthdays // 7:30PM, 18+ // Tickets

28-Feb-14 // Paris, France // Petit Bain // 7:00PM, with Angil and the Hiddentracks // Tickets

2-Mar-14 // Gent, BE // Vooruit // 7:30PM with The Go Find // Tickets

3-Mar-14 // Heidelberg, GE // Karlstorbahnhof // 9:00PM // Tickets

4-Mar-14 // Koln, GE // King Georg // Tickets coming soon!

5-Mar-14 // Hamburg, GE // Turmzimmer @ Übel & Gefahrlich // 9:00PM // Tickets

6-Mar-14 // Leipzig, GE // Werk 2 // 8:30PM // Tickets

7-Mar-14 // Berlin, GE // Roter Salon // Tickets coming soon

More exciting news for you Americans too! A few additional dates were recently added to the US West coast tour! Check it out:


Islands just added a few new dates (and there are even more coming!) to their January tour; check them out below. Also, we are thrilled to announce that Haunted Summer will be joining Islands on this tour, which kicks off in L.A. in just over a month!

Tuesday, 1/21/14 | Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour with Haunted Summer and Crash | 8:00pm All Ages, $15 tickets here

Thursday, 1/23/14 | Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom with Haunted Summer | 7:00pm, 21+, $16 tickets here

Friday, 1/24/14 | Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar with Haunted Summer | 10:00pm, 21+, $8 tickets here

Wednesday, 1/29/14 | Riverside, CA @ The Barn at UC Riverside with Haunted Summer | 7:30pm, AA, $12 tickets coming soon

Thursday, 1/30/14 | Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst with Haunted Summer | 8:30pm, 16+, $12 tickets coming soon

Friday, 1/31/14 | Merced, CA @ The Partisan with Haunted Summer | 8:00pm, 21+, $10 tickets coming soon

Saturday, 2/1/14 | San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall with Haunted Summer | 8:00pm 16+, $16 tickets here

We’ll keep you posted on any last minute show additions. See ya’ll soon!
-the Islands team

Hey world!

We’re excited to say that Islands just announced a handful of new US tour dates for 2014!! Here’s what we’ve got for you thus far:

Tuesday, 1/21/14 | Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour | 8:00pm All Ages, $15 tickets here

Thursday, 1/23/14 | Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom | 7:00pm, 21+, $16 tickets here

Friday, 1/24/14 | Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar | 10:00pm, 21+, $8 tickets here

Thursday, 1/30/14 | Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst | 8:30pm, 16+, $12 tickets coming soon

Friday, 1/31/14 | Merced, CA @ The Partisan | 8:00pm, 21+, $10 tickets coming soon

Saturday, 2/1/14 | San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall | 8:00pm 16+, $16 tickets here

Don’t see a show near you? Well don’t let your feathers get all ruffled quite yet – we have more up our sleeves that we’ll tell you about soon!

-team Islands