Islands have released their fifth record Ski Mask on lead singer Nick Thorburn's own label Manqué Music. Just one week out and the band is already being profiled in one of the most respected rock n' roll documentary programs in the World. Produced by Michael Cera for the YouTube network JASH (Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim and Eric, and Reggie Watts'), the video is an intimate look at the making of Ski Mask and features interviews with the movers, shakers and power players behind the band.
Islands is currently on an expansive North American tour this fall, with stops including Boston, Portland, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York. Full tour dates above.
A record that is equal parts beauty and venom, Ski Mask percolates with the kind of polymorphous pop and hooky, left-of-center rock songs that have long been the band's stock and trade. Arguably the most sonically diverse album Islands has ever made (which is saying something), Ski Mask plays out like Thorburn's personal frustrations writ large. Songs like "Death Drive" "Nil" and "Of Corpse" balance beautiful melodies against some of the darkest lyrical missives that Thorburn has ever written.
Islands On Tour This Fall with Stops In Los Angeles,
Chicago, Philly, New York, and more!
Upcoming tour dates
9/25: Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room
9/26: Los Angeles, CA @ Eagle Rock Center for the Arts
9/27: San Diego, CA @ Casbah
10/8: Boston, MA @ Great Scott
10/9: Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
10/10: Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
10/11: Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch
10/12: Madison, WI @ Der Rathskeller
10/13: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
10/14: Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
10/16: Washington, DC @ The Rock and Roll Hotel
10/17: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
10/20: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom