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Milwaukee has been waiting for nearly a decade to see its first Islands show. That day finally comes on March 18th.

Islands formed in Montreal in 2005 under Nick Thorburn after the dissolution of popular indie band The Unicorns. Their debut, 'Return to the Sea,' was met with widespread critical acclaim and featured members of Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade. Since then, they've gone on to release five albums, most recently 2013's 'Ski Mask.'

Islands' music is often noted for its wide array of influences - pulling in aspects of a genres from calypso to vaudville to doo wop to quirk rap - creating a unique, dramatic flavor of rock. The artists they've toured with are further evidence of the versatility of their sound, having shared the stage with acts like Metric, WHY?, The Psychadelic Furs, Toro Y Moi, Busdriver, Happy Mondays, and Jemina Pearl. Their bio expands upon how their evolution over their various recordings has made each album a distinct experiene and thus, made them difficult to tidily place in a genre:

"Over the course of [the first] four albums2006'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. It's a talent that that historically made each Islands record it's own very singular listening experience. It's also a defining quality that made Islands difficult to pin down and nearly impossible to neatly classify (which, one expects, has always been the band's goal).

'[Ski Mask is a] is kind of a culmination of all the different things we've done over the years,' says Thorburn. 'It's basically a melting pot of all those sounds. So much of this record is about identityspecifically, the quest for finding out your own identity. Islands has always been kind of about that. In a lot of ways, we've always been kind of this homeless entity. We didn't really fit in specifically with any genre and we were really never part of any community. Islands has always been it's own thingand I think the frustration of feeling like this very isolated band with no place to properly fit in made everything come to a head on this record. All of these feelings and ideas that have been bubbling up over the course of four previous albums finally came to the surface on this one This record is like a summation of Islands, everything we've ever done distilled into one record. It's basically an essential introduction to Islands; it's everything we've ever been about.'"

Check out the links below for more info, and join us on Tuesday, March 18th.

Islands Links
'Ski Mask' Mockumentary featuring Michael Cera, Bill Hader, and Alia Shawkat:
"Wave Forms" Video:

Escondido Links
"Cold October" performance on Conan:
"Black Roses" Video:

Jaill Links
Johnny Marr calls them one of his favorite current bands:
Sub Pop Page:
"Pointy Fingers" Video:


Mad Planet (View)
533 E. Center Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
United States


Music > Indie
Music > Rock

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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