Posted in music | pictures on August 21, 2009

words & photos by Anna Scialli

Islands

Islands packed the Bell House Wednesday night (8/19). Their new album, Vapours, due out September 22nd on Anti-. Opening was Brooklyn-based Radical Dads and viral internet sensation, Das Racist.

Radical Dads, who share two members of Uninhabitable Mansions and one member of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, took the stage first in front of a sizable crowd despite the early set. While their songs are catchy, Radical Dads' live show was lacking in energy. It's understandably hard to play to a room of people anxiously awaiting Islands and Radical Dads failed to leave an impression. Especially when followed by Das Racist, a bizarre and confusing sight to take in.

Internet darlings Das Racist introduced themselves with some middle school-esque "potty humor" and incoherent rambling as they launched into a set full of rap songs about pop culture, white people, and well, I have no idea what else. Das Racist has attracted attention to themselves with their amusing and oddly catchy song "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell", and by the crowd's bewildered reactions, it seemed that some people were unfamiliar with the rap-comedy trio. I was intrigued to see Das Racist perform, and their lyrics and commentary were certainly amusing but it didn't sustain itself. Their schtick got old; Das Racist is beating the irony dead horse to a bloody pulp. And they didn't even play "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell".... how ironic. Maybe I just don't get it... or maybe there's nothing to get. To their credit, it was a different act opening for a band like Islands and the crowd was entertained.

Finally, after all that waiting, it was time for Islands. Nick Diamonds, known for his grand entrances (remember Siren 2008?), sauntered onto the stage in a flashy, rhinestone-covered cape. Yes, a cape. If anyone could pull it off, it's Nick Diamonds. Islands roared through their set, playing almost all new songs from Vapours, with the exception of four old songs off Return to the Sea and Arm's Way. The crowd was energetically dancing to the new songs, although the excitement was only really tangible when old favorites were played such as 'Creeper' and 'Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby'. The songs from the new album were catchy but I couldn't help but wish we heard more crowd-pleasing favorites. Also, what happened to the violin? It was a great compliment to Islands' punchy-dancy songs and its absence was palpable.

Islands finished with a strong encore of 'Swans from Return to the Sea' and once they left the stage, people were still dancing and smiling. Despite playing mostly brand new songs, Islands were engaging, interesting, and a great live show. More pictures, and the setlist, below...

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Islands set list:
Switched On
No You Don't
Disarming the Car Bomb
Devout
Tender Torture
EOL
Whalebone
Vapours
Heartbeat
Shining
Creeper
Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby
On Foreigner
The Drums
[Cover]
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Swans

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Comments (60)

Bands who wear shorts on stage are LAME!

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 9:47 AM

why? its hot

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 10:15 AM

i wore shorts on stage once... then i saw the pictures from the show.

talk about major facepalm. never did that again.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 10:17 AM

...why?

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 10:21 AM

lame pictures AND lamer review.

Posted by ms_scene | August 21, 2009 10:30 AM

10:40AM

So true: "...but i've come to realize that the only thing constant, the only thing that is truly forever about islands, is nick. nick is islands. the rest have just been there to support his vision, nothing more, i suppose."

amazing show!

Posted by ms_scene | August 21, 2009 10:44 AM

hey devyn, your pictures arent technically better at all. but you did capture despot, so kudos to you.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 10:48 AM

ha. no they are technically better.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 10:54 AM

Hey Devyn..I don't believe in pants either..we should hang out some time.

Posted by musicsnobbery | August 21, 2009 11:00 AM

technical, schmechnical. these photos are all sorts of blurry. devyn's shit is decent.

Posted by devyn | August 21, 2009 11:02 AM

Also, that last song was not a cover. It was "Everything Is Under Control" off the new album.

Posted by Ray | August 21, 2009 11:04 AM

what about short shorts with a cape?

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 11:18 AM

using flash in that venue isnt impressive

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 11:22 AM

exactly, which is why i didn't use a flash.

Posted by devyn | August 21, 2009 11:28 AM

what about diaper with a cape?

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 11:29 AM

nice reviews devyn & ray.

can we start a no pants wearing club musicsnobbery?

Posted by ms_scene | August 21, 2009 11:30 AM

How about men who wear white pants are lame? eh? eh?

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 11:47 AM

in the last photo flashed was used.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 11:50 AM

JUST the last one ... one photo. that is all.

Posted by devyn | August 21, 2009 11:56 AM

I have a boner.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 12:09 PM

dev have my babies, your shit is good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 12:11 PM

12:11 -- thanks, let's be friends.

Posted by devyn | August 21, 2009 12:19 PM

Kinda arrogant aren't you devyn?

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 12:24 PM

AHHHH! HIPSTERS, WE'RE SURRRRROUNDED!

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 12:25 PM

12:24 -- occasionally, sure.

Posted by devyn | August 21, 2009 12:25 PM

Nick Diamonds = douche beyond belief

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 12:39 PM

HEY, YOU KNOW WHAT NICK NEEDS TO DO?

PAY CHRISTIAN JOY FOR MAKING HIS FUCKING CAPE.
SHE HAS NOT GOTTEN PAID YET.
NICK, WTF?

BUT GREAT SHOW, BRO.

YOUR DUDE,
HENRY DAVID HUGH CRAWFORD

Posted by BADTEETH | August 21, 2009 12:41 PM

so what if he's a douche, his music is damn good.

Posted by devyn | August 21, 2009 12:42 PM

i don't know how to feel about this band

arm's way was AWFUL

Posted by anon | August 21, 2009 1:01 PM

PAY FOR YOUR CAPE NICK, PAY FOR YOUR CAPE!

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 1:15 PM

Devyn, your cleavage is showing "IN" this picture:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2487/3754023096_11468e9628_b.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 1:22 PM

MEHevyn

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 1:43 PM

There has gotta be a limit on the number of teenagers who roll up to shows using their daddy's professional camera and then start a blog writting about music they know nothing about.

I am so sick of going to show and half the crowd is there taking photographs.

Posted by Musicsnobbery | August 21, 2009 1:48 PM

Hey Musicsnobbery, no offense but it seems you're bothered by the fact that this teenager with daddy's professional camera is better than you.

Get OvA It~*~

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 2:00 PM

I agree, the world does not need another amatuer music blog

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 2:42 PM

what's worse? the countless teenagers on this site? or the douchebags that have no lives and constantly having something to say about them?

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 2:54 PM

the countless teenagers on this site for sure

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 3:08 PM

countless douchebag teenagers who have no lives

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 3:13 PM

countless teenage douchbags that use flash and ruin concerts!

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 3:19 PM

too many cameras at concerts..its ruining the vibe..please stop.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 3:31 PM

Yeah I've seen Devyn at a few shows and she's the camera held up over her head flash type, except with an SLR which just makes the whole thing more obnoxious.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 7:06 PM

I think Devyn is a wonderful photographer!

Posted by In Front | August 21, 2009 8:59 PM

ummm you all need to leave devyn alone she takes amazing pics and everyone is entitled to their opinion so get over it....and if it wasnt for all those "countless douchebag teenagers" the concerts wouldnt be as full and you would quickly learn you then have nothingg to talk about so get over it kthanksbyee

Posted by bballchickaaa | August 21, 2009 9:38 PM

next time tell her to not make an asshatish comment in bv and we will.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 10:20 PM

trust me she doesnt make "asshatish" comments....she has an opinion and obvi so do you so keep yours to yourself if you continue to be so rude kthanksbyee

Posted by bballchickaaa | August 21, 2009 10:39 PM

can you all please shut the fuck up with this? dev may have a bad photo here and there, but still those bad photos are pretty fucking amazing. and at least she takes the time to do what she does. all you fuckers do is masturbate to fucking fat chicks and eat your little fuck potato chips. lmao, stupid fucking hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 10:45 PM

10:45-you get a high five for that one =] btw devyn see you soon keep up the amazingg pics =]

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 10:56 PM

devyn, stop posting as "defenders" kthxbai

ps- you use flash in a lot of your other photos on your blog. and dissing people's work on here is uncool and tacky

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 10:58 PM

I use flash all the time and you can all kiss my ass.

Posted by Lori | August 21, 2009 11:01 PM

10:58, i'm not a defender. i have a dick, thus i'm not devyn. go eat fried chicken and listen to mainstream music assshole.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 11:02 PM

first off if you wanna know my name its brianna i know devyn so you can stop talking shit cuz she didnt do anything to you and stop actin like you know her okayy cuz this shits gettin old and you all need to grow up because your trying to act mature but your picking on a kid...way to go

Posted by bballchickaaa | August 21, 2009 11:03 PM

oh and what's an "asshat" i would love to know because that really sounds mature calling people names...especially when you're the only one in on that joke

Posted by bballchickaaa | August 21, 2009 11:05 PM

let's be honest. the pictures in this post are all kinds of sad. devyn's pictures are clearly better. she was providing people here with better pictures of the show. maybe her comment was a little mean, but that doesn't make it untrue. by the way, devyn is never an asshole photographer at shows. she is always aware of those surrounding her and is thoughtful of their show experience.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 11:39 PM

let's be honest. Devyn is a tacky high school kid that doesn't know any better and she sent all her tacky high school friends into this thread to defend her.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2009 2:59 AM

2:59am--
As if you were never in high school before? You are obviously just some old pretentious, pbr-swilling douchebag hipster who has nothing better to do on a Friday night but go onto BV and hate on a some high school kid. Get a life and grow up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2009 9:08 AM

It's Nick Diamond, assbag.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2009 12:25 PM

oh snap... anon told anon good. p.s. blurry pics are blurry.

Posted by devyn | August 22, 2009 12:33 PM

terrible band, where did the fun go. unicorns?

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2009 1:49 PM

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