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Tell us a bit about yourself? We're The Islas. A New Pop, Indie Rock band from Norwich, UK. We've been serious about making music all our lives and enjoyed the creative freedom you get as an Artist. Main influences such as The Style Council, The Smiths, Beautiful South and The Libertines made us want to write powerful, punchy lyrics that is harvested from opinions and experience of youth. You don't really see that anymore - it's a dying art to have a catchy song that lyrically has meaning. So we though, let's do that!
There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest? Our work ethic is pretty good. We'll gig anywhere and everywhere because we love it. We love singing songs that people relate to, in a world where we're deemed a Snowflake Generation who needs an X Factor Boyband singing about hollow teenage love? No one. People need music they love and know, that's the aim for us.
What’s your back-story? All of the above answers relate to this too. Music is powerful and it creates feelings and emotions we adore. Let's not write about fabricated bullshit! Let's put a pen to paper about living in England in the 21st century and all that entails. The people you meet, the social media obsession and good times.
What are you working on at the moment? We have a busy summer lined up with festivals, but we have some local shows up and coming and some really great shows up North. Our second single is set to be released in January and we're so excited to be back in the studio working hard again to perfect our sound.
What's the first song you remember hearing? The first song I remember hearing is Green Day's Walking Alone. My dad introduced me to some great albums on our Sunday Morning commute to the local football pitch. A lot of classic UK bands spanning from the 60's to 00's but he had a soft side for Green Day. That's the song that is most nostalgic for me. Great tune!
You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? Easy peasy. Luther Vandross - Never Too Much. Probably the greatest song of all time. I dare anyone to sit still while that beautiful track comes on!
What was the first gig you went to? Stiff Little FIngers at a local Norwich venue. I was 11 years old, pretty sure my old man slipped the bouncer a fiver to let me in. I loved it. Jake Burns gave me his hat! Think he felt for me being crushed at the front, but the bruised ribs were worth it! Knew I wanted to be a frontman ever since that show and that band are still kicking around now. Amazing stuff from those legends.
Which song do you wish you'd written? Good question! I think The Clash - Spanish Bombs. Great melody and great lyrics. Jones and Strummer knew how to pen a tune, didn't they! Up there will Morrissey/Marr and Lennon/McCartney for me.
Which song changed your life? I remember listening to The Jam - Extras when I was around 14/15. One of my dads many CDs that I'd pick up when I wanted to sit in my room and just take in something new. I love The Jam and Paul Weller, and that album of rarities and demos is one of my all time favoutries. I'd say the song would be No One In The World. I remember being really taken back by it's clean guitar riff and it almost sounds like Weller is uncomfortable singing in that range but my word, what a track.
Which song would you like played at your funeral? There's a band who sadly recently broke up called 'The Crookes'. I found them through a friend and saw them play over 6 times. They were one of the first bands I completely obsessed over. Not in a weird directioner/belieber way though; but I had their posters, their tees and basically any merch they'd sell. When they played Norwich I begged with local promoters to let us support them and ended up being on a first name basis with a couple of their members! The song would be 'Somewhere Over The Bus Stop'. Such a beautifully written song, full of tragedy and sadness - perfect for a funeral.
What song is stuck in your head right now?Rex Orange County - Best Friend. Delicious guitar tones and a really awesome production.
What was the first Album you bought? The first album I bought was Squeeze: Best Of. Another great introduction from my Dad! I love Squeeze and I'm a sucker for Glen Tilbrook's voice.
Which song made you want to play music? I'd always loved music but didn't pick up a guitar until later on. Lots of Artists inspired me, but one of the first songs I learned was The Cure - Boy Don't Cry. I loved that riff and the song is pretty easy to play so I'd have to go with that.