Do lines like “ICE to ISIS, migrant crisis/ Gleeful cruelty at the top/ Endless shootings, venal or stupid/ Con men on the nuclear clock” ruin a dance party? Apparently not.
Canadian indie-pop band Islands released their fifth album, Ski Mask, in 2013, but then after an extensive tour seemed to get set on the backburner by frontman Nick Thorburn as he concentrated on a solo release as Nick Diamonds, composing the soundtrack of the Serial podcast, and the reunion of his earlier band The Unicorns around the tenth anniversary of their album Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? As it turns out, though, the ever-prolific Thorburn and his current band were still working behind the scenes, and this year saw the simultaneous release of two separate full-length Islands albums, Should I Remain Here, At Sea? and Taste. Since the dual release the band has been touring extensively – they were in DC at the Rock and Roll Hotel in May, but unfortunate scheduling conflicts left us sadly unable to make it to that show. When the band announced a second US leg of the tour for the fall, we hopped in the car to catch them at the Arden Gild Hall in Arden, DE, just outside of Wilmington.