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Island are an Alternative guitar band from London. The band include frontman Rollo Doherty’s, guitarist Jack Raeder, bassist James Wolfe and drummer Toby Richards.

Their music is arena-baiting, both explosive and atmospheric. With Gigantic hooks emotionally build with ambient blues and immersive catchy song-writing. “Everyone’s The Same” is the raw and direct follow up to Island’s previous shimmering single “Octopus.” The contrast between the two tracks perfectly highlights the band’s unique dynamic range and risk taking in their new song writing process. The grungy slacker slow jam begins with a deceivingly simple statement proposed softly by singer Rollo Doherty. For the next two and half minutes, distorted bass lines and chunky, to-the-point drums, ooze into your psyche while the reverb drenched lead guitar hooks you in and perfectly complements the raspy and catchy cacophony. “Everyone’s The Same” is out now via Frenchkiss Records.

Released March 23rd, 2021

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Island are back with a new tune for a wintry February. ‘Octopus’, out now via Frenchkiss Records, is a sweet, melodic indie-pop delight from the quartet, written during lockdown last year and produced by Thom Yorke collaborator Mikko Gordon.

London four-piece ISLAND are an alternative guitar band whose history is characterized by old friendships, close bonds, and an almost telepathic mutual understanding. 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.

“‘Octopus’ describes the feeling of looking back on rebellious teenage years from a time where an impulse to cause trouble has been replaced with new sentiments,” say the band. “The song ends by flirting with the idea of reverting back to old ways, and getting back to making trouble.”

Official music video for ‘Octopus’ by Island

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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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