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After the volatile break up of a local covers band, front man Nick Calderbank and drummer Rob Carroll were eager to form a new outfit to build on the connection they had established as part of the previous group. A clear choice was fellow musical peers of Calderbank's, Conal Cunningham on lead guitar/ vocals, Dan Henthorn on rhythm/ keys and Matt Blakeley on bass. After only picking up their instruments for the first time after finishing college, the four jammed together in Cunningham's garage, quickly developing a rapport with one another as well as a muscular musical ability.
After scrambling for any rehearsal space to prepare for their first gig, the band began writing songs that echoed their plethora of influences, such as The Beatles, the Velvet Underground and more contemporary bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Foals and Royal Blood. Sonically, the bands music draws comparisons to the latter of these bands, ranging from hook driven melodies to high energy alternative rock, yet with an eye on keeping their sound diverse. Their original material transfers into their live performances as raw, raucous and energised, with double tracked guitars amplifying their beefy tracks and Calderbank often free from his guitar duties to rally, engage and entertain the crowd.
Aside from their live performances, lyrics are perhaps the bands most important focus. Lyrical themes range from social media narcissism, modern political discourse to the importance of real life connections in an age where things can appear more distant than ever. Ultimately the main question the band pose is how do we as individuals, and fundamentally animals, deal with the modern information age. Fuelled by the desire to express and explore their coming of age introspections, Dam's lyrical delivery often lends itself to a stream of consciousness ad lib style.
Island Dam self released their eponymous debut EP in May of 2019, with their heaviest track 'Mt. Fuji' getting an air play on BBC Introducing Merseyside. With headline gigs under their belt along with notable performances at Manchester's Night and Day Cafe, Jimmy's and Liverpool's Jacaranda Phase One, the future looks bright for Island Dam.