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

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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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

¡Olé!

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:

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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

It’s November! And Islands has lots of great things stirring up for the new year! We can’t spill the beans yet, but here are a few fun tidbits to keep your eyes and ears occupied until we can!

The Sound It Resounds just put out this nice little piece about Nick and his thoughts on one of his favorite albums (Curtis Mayfield’s Classic Debut Album), which you can read here. Or, if you’re not into the whole reading thing, you can listen to and watch it here:

That’s not all! Islands recently wrapped up recording a Guitar Center podcast, hosted by Nic Harcourt, which you can stream here . During the podcast, Guitar Center shot this video of the guys playing Wave Forms live!

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Now for the most exciting part of this post (for you Angelenos, at least) – the band just announced a local show at The Troubadour on Tuesday, January 21st! The show is all ages; doors are at 8pm and you can buy your tickets starting at 1pm PST on November 21st here!

- team Islands

Islands is excited to release their new video for “Wave Forms”. Directed by Strike Anywhere, the beautifully shot video follows Islands as they join a lone roller skater (Cory Zacharia) as he rolls through the streets of Lancaster, California. Zacharia has been a recurring character in Mike Ott’s films, including Littlerock, Pearlblossom Highway and the upcoming Lake Los Angeles. Watch the video here.

Released earlier this year, “Wave Forms” has been hailed as the band’s “most concise and confident singles since Return To The Sea” and one of the highlights of Islands’ latest record Ski Mask. Released in September, Ski Mask is an album that’s equal parts beauty and venom. Percolating with the kind of polymorphous pop and hooky, left-of-center rock songs that have long been the band’s stock and trade, the album has been praised by critics as the band’s most ambitious to date.

Strike Anywhere is a production company and team of directors. Based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, their work includes commercials, feature films, and content for the Web and social media.

 

Last week, Islands released their fifth record Ski Mask on lead singer Nick Thorburn’s own label Manqué Music. Just one week out and the band is already being profiled in one of the most respected Rock n’ Roll documentary programs in the world.  Produced by Michael Cera for the YouTube network JASH (Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim and Eric, and Reggie Watts’), the video is an intimate look at the making of Ski Mask and features interviews with the movers, shakers and power players behind the band. Watch the short documentary here on the JASH Youtube Network.