Starting in January, Islands is heading back out on the road for a brand-new West Coast tour. The band kicks off the new run of dates with a hometown show at the Troubadour and follows up with dates in Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and more. Full dates above.
The band's new dates follow the release of Ski Mask, Islands latest full-length. Released earlier this year on Nick Thorburn's Manqué Music label, the album is equal parts beauty and venom, with tropicalia-inflected indie-pop tracks sharing space next to dark, lyrical missives. Ski Mask saw the release of singles "Wave Forms" and "Becoming The Gunship" - not to mention a Michael Cera-directed mocumentary on the band. Playing out like Thorburn's personal frustrations writ large, Ski Mask has been hailed by critics as capturing the essence of Islands' discography.
Formed in 2005 after the dissolution of lead singer and Nick Thorburn's previous (and much beloved) band The Unicorns, Islands quickly established themselves as one of the most erudite and forward-thinking pop bands to emerge from the Montreal rock scene. Over the course of four albums - 2006's Return to the Sea (inspired by South African high life music), 2008's Arm's Way (a study in orchestral pop music and playful psych), 2009's Vapours (pulsing electro pop), and 2012's A Sleep & A Forgetting (soulful singer/songwriter fare)-Thorburn and co. showed off a remarkably chameleonic ability to bend a variety of different musical styles to their will.
Islands West Coast Tour
1/21: Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
1/23: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent ballroom
1/24: Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
1/30: Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
1/31: Merced, CA @ The Partisan
2/1: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Photo Credit: Briand Guzman
Islands - Ski Mask
(Manqué - Sept. 17th)
1. Wave Forms
2. Death Drive
3. Becoming the Gunship
5. Sad Middle
6. Hushed Tones
7. Here Here
8. Shotgun Vision
9. Of Corpse
10. We'll Do It So You Don't Have To
11. Winged Beat Drums