“A direct reminder of how mellowed-out, heartfelt songwriting can still hit like a ten-tonne truck,” – DIY
There must be something in the Oxford water – or comma, in fact – as Rollo Doherty (vocals, guitar), James Wolfe (bass guitar), Jack Raeder (guitar), and Toby Richards (drums) began various bands of the folk/indie variety, before fine-tuning their sound, and starting to play shows earlier this year. Think Foals, think early Arctic Monkeys, and immediately, the shoegazing, trip-hopping timbre of South East England springs to mind. Although now residing in London, the calibre of ISLAND isn’t a far cry from such bands. With ebbs and flows that spellbind, peak, and evolve, the four-piece create music that breathes range within its songs, and simply, just breathes.
Mellow, not melancholy, their deep rhythms roll with light and shade that’s uplifting and makes you want to move, but no sooner will have you stood still and beguiled in their scenic musicality.
ISLAND have been supporting The Bohicas in Oxford, Palace at Scala in London and playing a headline show at The Victoria, Dalston on Tuesday 8th December.