ISLAND OF LOVE –  ” Island of Love ” 

Posted: May 12, 2023 in MUSIC

Introducing London-based trio Island of Love, a band that delivers such a remarkably raucous live show that Third Man Records signed them during their cigarette break immediately after seeing them play. Island of Love are the very first band signed to Third Man Records London, and they announce their self-titled debut album today.

Island of Love are the first band signed to the London outpost of Jack White’s Third Man Records, and were signed to the label on the spot after playing the store’s Blue Basement venue in 2021. The four-piece cite Oakland’s Happy Diving as their chief influence, and you can hear that in their thick brand of sludge rock that is clearly also steeped in Dinosaur Jr’s purple ooze. Their self-titled debut album was produced by Fuzzbrain’s Ben Spence and engineered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Jeff Rosenstock, Joyce Manor). Songs like opener “Big Whale” come with hooks and riffs J Mascis might be jealous of, and while you’ve probably heard this all before, Island of Love play with a youthful zeal that sounds like they just invented the fuzz pedal

In September 2021, Island of Love – Karim Newble on guitars/vocals, Linus Munch on guitars/vocals and Daniel Giraldo on bass –were invited to perform at the grand opening of Third Man’s The Blue Basement. It’s a good thing Island of Love showed up to the gig at all, given that the band didn’t even think the email invitation they received to play was real. That very real and not-spam offer not only led to their on-the-spot label signing, but to opening slots for Jack White, and now their exhilarating debut. “Island of Love” is a ferocious and bone-shakingly loud album that marries raw, primal noise led by crunchy guitars with intrinsically melodic sensibilities, and recalls the sound and spirit of peak-era Dinosaur Jr. or Husker Dü.

With influences from the band’s start in the London hardcore punk scene and their DIY community roots, the album is elevated by the shared vocal and song writing duties of Newble and Munch. Produced by Fuzzbrain’s Ben Spence and engineered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Jeff Rosenstock, Joyce Manor), “Island of Love” is an album full of songs that pinball back and forth between tones and styles, and make up one of the most refreshing and fun debut albums you’ll hear in 2023.

releases May 12th, 2023

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