Islands – ‘Ski Masks’

Islands - 'Ski Masks'


A band this fun should never be allowed to die

While Arcade Fire are congo-ing around Montreal with Bono, Michael Cera and Ben Stiller in a new video, across town Islands are slumped in the Last Chance Saloon, declaring this fifth album their make-or-break crisis record. Let’s hope Sinéad O’Connor writes an open letter in support, because a band this fun should never be allowed to die. Here they create Tornados space-gypsy westerns (‘Sad Middle’), Chapel Club military anthems (‘Becoming The Gunship’), white reggae gun rampage fantasies (‘Shotgun Vision’) and geek hoedowns about rampant alcoholism (‘Nil’), all with a maniacal sense of pessimistic self-destruction and a deep love for tinny synths. Get marooned with them, while you still can.

Mark Beaumont


Director: Manque music
Record label: Rough Trade
Release date: 17 Sep, 2013