London-four piece ISLAND return from a summer of writing and recording with new single ‘Try’, and in doing so are ready to claim the title of most exciting emerging young British indie band.
Having risen stealthily through the ranks over the last year, releasing music independently and selling out their now signature live shows, the culmination of a year’s work is now starting to pay serious dividends with ‘Try’ - the band’s inaugural single on new label, Frenchkiss Records (home to the likes of Passion Pit, Bloc Party, The Antlers and Local Natives).
‘Try’ is a cinematic and empowering offering, showcasing the effortless way in which ISLAND mix dreamy vocals with an infectious sound and relatable lyrics, intertwined with rich textures and atmospheric guitars. ‘Try’ is the sound of ISLAND coming into maturity, ready to take the baton from artists like Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club and Kings of Leon, with their heady and cerebral take on pop.
Speaking about the track, frontman Rollo Doherty says: “Try is a reminder of the fragility of love, and the effort it takes to hold together something that was once easy”
Formed over a mutual love for each members’ appreciation of diverse musical genres, ISLAND, who just little over a year ago announced their debut EP - ‘Girl’, have bit-by-bit built a reputation as one of London’s most exciting bands. With over eight million Spotify streams, they have spent the last two years winning over fans on the road, adeptly backed by singles ‘Dreaming Of’ and ‘Stargazer’. The band have gone on to sell out four dates at renowned London venues Victoria, Oslo, Scala and Heaven, leading into a summer festival run that took in the likes of The Great Escape, Citadel, Secret Garden Party and a headline set on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival.
Their genre-melding, guitar-inflected singles have quickly gained them fans, with spins from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and 6Music, plus support from online tastemakers including i-D, The Line Of Best Fit and DIY. ISLAND’s stars continue to align - they now have everything in place to become one of the UK’s biggest breakthrough acts.