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New Music: The Island Club

September 9, 2015

MusicReview | by Sophia Miles


Formed less than a year ago at the end of 2014, Brighton based five piece The Island Club have been making waves this summer following a host of successful shows including a date at the Queen of Hoxton in London as part of Xfm’s club night Cat Lovers, and a set at the first ever Together The People festival last weekend. Described as “dance infused pop with acute sonic awareness” the as yet unsigned lads – Michael Askew on vocals and rhythm guitar, Julien Forsythe-Lewis on lead guitar, drummer Sam Cantlon, bassist David Blowers and Barney Cox on synthesisers – have already set their sights high, working with the likes of Geoff Swan (Coldplay, Haim, Ed Sheeran) and Robin Schmidt (Two Door Cinema Club, Ben Howard, The Black Keys) to produce and master their debut single Paper Kiss released on November 20th.

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The song is a mash up of catchy guitar hooks, cleverly crafted synth, and vibes that help prolong the summer feeling; “a sonic exploration that will leave listeners submerged in a mental bubble bath of feel-good sensations“. Aspects of the group’s sound have been compared to the likes of Tame Impala, Peace and Nile Rogers, and the band members definitely have the effortlessly indie look about them to add to the overall package.

Here at Candid Magazine we have been lucky enough to be given an exclusive premiere of the upcoming record. Give it a listen below and let us know what you think – for fans of their sound The Island Club are due to play a gig in Brighton at the bizarrely named Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar as part of an Oxjam event on Saturday October 17th. They then have dates following on December 6th at the Old Queen’s Head in London, December 11th at Bleach in Brighton and December 12th at Lennon’s in Southampton.

If this is what the quintet have achieved in under twelve months, it is safe to say that this three minute creation that screams sunshine, barbecues and beaches marks the beginning of a promising career in the music industry.

Words by Sophia Miles