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

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!


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.


Ski Mask has finally escaped into the world and Recordstoreday.com is celebrating with participating record stores, who have a special limited edition 7” single (a lucky few of you will get an autographed copy!) free with purchase, while they last. Speaking of which…Islands is playing an in-store at Amoeba Hollywood TODAY (9/17) at 6pm! Come by and listen to some live tunes, pick up the album and even have the band sign it for you!

If you’re not in LA, you can still check out Recordstoreday.com for a full list of independent retailers near you that’ll have Ski Mask and hopefully a few of those 7″s!

P.S. Don’t forget you can still snag a free download of Wave Forms, courtesy of eMusic, here.

– the Islands team

Hey all you Californians, (sorry rest of the world, I promise we haven’t forgotten about you!)

We’re less then two short weeks away from the release of our fifth album, Ski Mask (out 9/17/13), and we want to celebrate it in advance with YOU!

If you’re within the Los Angeles vicinity, come hang with us at Origami Vinyl Night next Tuesday, September 10, while we spin Ski Mask for the first time and drink delicious beer together! We’ll start the record premiere at 11pm sharp at El Prado, right across the street from Origami. For directions and more info, click  here .

For those of you that thrive more off the real-deal live music thing – don’t fret! Just a week after Origami Vinyl Night, you can see us perform a few new songs from Ski Mask live, at an in-store at Amoeba L.A.! We’ll start at 6pm on Tuesday, September 17. We’ll play some new tunes from about 6-6:30pm and then hang around to chat for a while after. Need more info? Amoeba L.A.’s got you, here.

Lastly, for you bunch up the coast (yes, that’s you San Francisco!), we’ll also be hosting an in-store at Amoeba San Francisco on Monday, September 16 at 6pm. Same kind of ordeal – we’ll play you some new tunes and then hang around to chat for a bit. Click here for more info!


Origami Vinyl Night – Ski Mask Premiere Party

Tuesday, September 10


Amoeba San Francisco, in-store

Monday, September 16


Amoeba Los Angeles, in-store

Tuesday, September 17




Here’s a sneak peak of another new track off of Ski Mask, out September 17, 2013! This one is called “Shotgun Vision”, performed acoustically by Nick, live in New Hope Upholstering.

Courtesy of Chart Attack. Enjoy!

Becoming the Gunship, a “pretty song about death” as SPIN put it, has come out to play! Help yourself to a SoundCloud stream or snag the track for keeps via iTunes or Amazon.

See you all on the road in September!

SAMARITANMAG covers Islands’ recent trip to Africa in an interview with Nick. Check out what the guys did during their time in Malawi, here!

It’s coming! The menacing, and disturbingly dulcet tones of Islands are returning with the upcoming album, Ski Mask, which will see release on September 17, 2013. For a taste of the upcoming record you can stream “Wave Forms,” the lead track from the new album, BELOW:

Additionally, we are doing some dates in North America this Fall, with stops including Boston, Portland, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York. Can’t wait. Full tour dates below.

Upcoming tour dates

9/18: Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door
9/20: Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
9/21: Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
9/22: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
9/24: San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
9/25: Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room
9/26: Los Angeles, CA @ Eagle Rock Center for the Arts
9/27: San Diego, CA @ Casbah
10/8: Boston, MA @ Great Scott
10/9: Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
10/10: Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
10/11: Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch
10/12: Madison, WI @ Der Rathskeller
10/13: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
10/14: Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
10/16: Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
10/17: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
10/20: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Islands announce European tour dates here, starting September 18th! First European tour in THREE years!