Following the band's most recent run of West Coast dates, Islands is heading back out on the road this spring, playing the Northern United States and Canada. Along the way, Nick Thorburn and the band will be joined by Nashville, TN's indie-folk masters Escondido. Full tour dates above!
The band's new dates are the latest in support of Ski Mask, Islands' latest full-length. Released in 2013 on Nick Thorburn's own Manqué Music label, the album is equal parts beauty and venom and has been hailed as one of the band's most daring records to date. Tropicalia-inflected indie-pop tracks sharing space next to dark, lyrical missives, with singles "Wave Forms"and "Becoming The Gunship" anchoring the album. Played in full, Ski Mask plays out as Thorburn's personal frustrations writ large. It's a record of pain, frustration, beauty and humor - a combination that captures the essence of Islands.
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 North American Tour w/Escondido
03/10: Halifax, NS @ Hell's Kitchen
03/11: Fredericton, NB @ The Capital Complex
03/12: Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
03/13: Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
03/14: Guelph, ON @ Ebar
03/15: Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
03/16: Grand Rapids, @ Founders Brewery, Co.
03/17: Chicago, IL @ SPACE
03/18: Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
03/20: Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
03/21: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
03/22: Regina, SK @ Cultural Exchange
03/23: Saskatoon, SK @ Amigo's
03/25: Calgary, AB @ Republik
03/26: Edton, AB @ The Starlite
2/29: Red Mountain, BC @ Rafters *
03/31: Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
04/01: Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar
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
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