by Andrew Sacher

photo by Christian Faustus

Last year, Nick Diamonds did the solo thing, but this year his band Islands is back for not one but two albums. To quote the press release, "Don't get it twisted: This is not a double album, nor is it a case of editing gone awry. These are two distinct, entirely unique records, each one a wholly individual offering." One is called Should I Remain Here at Sea? and the other is called Taste, and both are due May 13. If you pre-order through Pledge Music, you get an exclusive bonus mini EP and there are options for more exclusive material.

The band have debuted two songs, "Back Into It" from Should I Remain Here at Sea? and "Charm Offensive" from Taste. "Back Into It" is a poppy indie rocker that's not a thousand miles away from what Nick was doing in The Unicorns, but "Charm Offensive" is a moodier, new wavier song. Listen to both below.

Islands also announced a tour, including NYC on May 21 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/29) at noon.

All dates are listed below...


Islands -- 2016 Tour Dates
05.19 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le "Ritz" P.D.B
05.20 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
05.21 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
05.22 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
05.24 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
05.25 Columbus, OH @ Skully's Music Diner
05.26 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
05.27 Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
05.28 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
06.03 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
06.04 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
06.05 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
06.07 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
06.09 Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom
06.10 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
06.11 Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon

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