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ISLAND are an Alternative guitar band from London. Their music is arena ready, both explosive and atmospheric with gigantic hooks emotionally build with ambient blues and immersive catchy song-writing

Recorded all in one room in just two weeks with sparing use of overdubs and no click track, London-based Island’s debut album is a sonic document that’s all about feel, all about capturing four musicians at their most unprocessed and uninhibited. A combination of influences ranging from trad-folk to high-octane punk rock and encompassing everything in-between, “Feels Like Air”, with its hook-filled anthemic choruses and inventive drumming simultaneously deploys Island’s rolling melancholy and bottles the lightening of the group’s imperious live shows.

Forming as teenagers when frontman Rollo Doherty’s acoustic bedroom project was treated to the boisterous backing of guitarist Jack Raeder, bassist James Wolfe and drummer Toby Richards in a dingy windowless practice room where they began to painstakingly shape a sound which combined darkly twisting instrumental with a sweetly melodic song-writing nous that belied their age.

Now signed to New York tastemaker label Frenchkiss Records, the band are gearing up to release their hotly anticipated debut album, due April 6th 2018 and entitled ‘Feels Like Air’.

In keeping to their DIY approach to making music, ‘Feels Like Air’ was written and produced entirely by the band and includes all new music. Drawing on influences from their shared love of artists like Fleetwood Mac, Kings of Leon, War On Drugs and Grizzly Bear,
their debut offering, with its hook-filled anthemic choruses and inventive drumming, is a body of work two years in the making.

The eleven-track album progresses through a range of emotions, experimenting with the down-tempo and cinematic and includes their singles ‘Try’, ‘The Day I Die’, ‘Ride’ and ‘Horizon’.


The band’s live show is fearsomely tight and effervescently energetic through years of playing together week in, week out since their youth. Be sure to catch ISLAND touring Europe and North America in 2018.

“They are very very special, this band” – Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1
“One of the most exciting bands at the moment.” – Wonderland

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Island are one of those tales many bands can only dream of. Selling out shows while still unsigned, their soaring sound and eternally relatable lyrics have gained them a substantial following and there seem to be nothing stopping the quartet now. Island will sit down to sign their record deal with indie label Frenchkiss Records. Their idiosyncratic melodies soar from the ethereal. The escapism captured within both melody and lyrics bear witness to a deep symbiosis between the two. “I think that the lyrics act often like an instrument in a song”, Rollo reflects.

He contends “they are all quite abstract, rather than being literal. The meanings of the songs often are very personal things, but they are put across in a way that isn’t so obvious.” Drummer Toby Richards quickly adds: “I think they are very relatable.

Though thriving on a very distinct sound, Island seems to have a hard time describing it. Upon reflection James concludes in tongue-in-cheek fashion that “Island sounds like mum-friendly ambient indie rock! Everyone knows we’re not very rock and roll” their forward plans are “just to record an album and tour the shit out of it.”.

As a group, Island definitely have a very strong chemistry live, and guitarist Jack Raeder admits that they try to record live to grasp this feeling. “I think we’re a band best captured live. So when we’re going into the studio, we try and make it have as much of a live feeling as possible.”



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