“A direct reminder of how mellowed-out, heartfelt songwriting can still hit like a ten-tonne truck,” – DIY
“The band’s live shows boil and bubble with a nascent energy,” –CLASH
“They are very very special, this band" - Huw Stephens - BBC Radio 1
"One of the most exciting bands at the moment." - Wonderland
London four-piece ISLAND are an Alternative guitar band whose history is characterised 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.
Now signed to New York tastemaker label Frenchkiss Records, the band released their critically acclaimed debut album, April 6th 2018, 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. They have headlined Europe and North American and are set to, tour again those continents in 2019 with news of a new four track EP and an invitation to play SXSW 2019.