Listen: Islands – “Aloe Hills Are Blooming” + Tour Dates

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Los Angeles-based Islands have announced a US tour with TEEN, kicking off at the end of August. The band, led by frontman Nick Thorburn has been active for nearly a decade, releasing five critically-acclaimed albums and touring extensively. Their most recent release is 2013’s Ski Mask which boasts one of my favorite tracks in a long while, “Becoming The Gunship“.

Islands has established themselves as one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking bands to emerge from Montreal’s rock scene, with each new release encompassing an entirely different and genre-bending sound. With powerful, candid lyrics and an emotional punch, Thorburn has proven time and again that he’s not holding anything back— on Ski Mask, the band openly addresses anger, personal frustrations, and the struggle to find an identity.

The band released a bonus track titled “Aloe Hills Are Blooming” and announced full tour dates. You can find both below. 


“Becoming The Gunship”


* w/ TEEN
8/29: Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Indie Summer Series @ Fountain Square 
8/30: St. Louis, MO @ Firebird*
8/31: Columbia, MO @ MOJO*
9/2: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room*
9/3: Norman, OK @ The Opolis*
9/4: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada*
9/5: Austin, TX @ The Parish*
9/6: Houston, TX @ Walter’s*
9/7: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon*
9/9: Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder*
9/10: Gainesville, FL @ High Dive*
9/11: Orlando, FL @ The Social*
9/12: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl*
9/13: Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern*
9/15: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506*
9/16: Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern*
9/17: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right*
9/18: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar*
9/19: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop*
9/20: Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar*

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