Following last month’s release of their debut album Feels Like Air, London based Island come to Manchester’s The Ruby Lounge as part of their 10-date UK and Ireland tour.

The eleven track album was inspired by the band’s extensive time on the road and was released following the success of singles Try, The Day I Die and Ride as well as two acclaimed EPs.

Not just content with commanding the stage, the band are now gaining fans in Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Annie Mac and BBC 6 Music. Not forgetting of course blistering sets across Europe’s tastemaker festivals like Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival, UK’s The Great Escape and headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival last year.

Strictly DIY, Island wrote and produced Feels Like Air entirely by themselves, drawing on their shared love of artists including Fleetwood Mac, Kings of Leon, War On Drugs and Grizzly Bear.

The album opens with the band’s most recent single, Ride. Led by emotive, 80s-influenced guitar riffs and the impassioned vocal stylings of enigmatic frontman Rollo Doherty.  It also plays with emotions, experimenting with downtempo and cinematic, dreamy vocals, infectious drum beats and lo-fi minimal sound.

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Island headline at Manchester’s The Ruby Lounge on 17 May 2018.

image courtesy Mel Tjoeng