After three years together as a band, The Islas have created their debut EP “Oblivion”. Written during the Pandemic and recorded in April 2021, this six track collection provides listeners with a versatile set of songs filled with thought provoking lyrics.
The first single “The Absence Of You” from the EP comes off the back of a long term relationship breaking down. The track perfectly narrates the sensation of empty feelings after realising a chapter in your life is no more, outlining the emotions felt post-break-up , regret, low confidence and insecurity. Although filled with deep and meaningful lyrics, the track remains a vibrant, dance-worthy anthem and is perfect for the sweaty ,fun nights head banging along to this indie single.
Energising and extremely engaging “ The Absence Of You” jumps in and out of a tropical haze with total lightning bolt energy provided by the gritty, lyrical guitar melodies and silky, warm vocals which allude to the loss and pain of a relationship, set to the backdrop of bright drums. Oozing with a warm puff of summer , the track opens with exotic drums, fluttering riffs before reaching the punchiness and excitement giving a vibe similar to that of The Killers.
The Islas, a four-piece from Norwich consisting of Ross Allen (Lead Guitar), Ed Chalu( Drums), Granger Wittering (Bass) and Nathan Baverstock (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar) bring about a new Indie breed. Clear influences can be heard from their thoughtful lyricism of acts such as The Beautiful South, Paul Weller, Sam Fender and The Smiths. Their music contains sharp melodies and upbeat rhythms accompanying lyrics detailing experiences faced by British adolescents moving towards adulthood such as sadness, first loves, happiness and anxiety.
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The Islas brought their sound together via a mutual desire to put on high energy performances showcasing their musical abilities within two to three minute tracks with completely captivating songwriting.
EP opener "Don't Wait For Me" is almost stripped back song that immediately showcases the band's songwriting abilities and a tuneful tender side. "Rock City" is more direct yet avoids indie-rock tropes while "Still Coming On" further demonstrates The Islas ability to write immediate, fresh sounding indie-pop. "All The Same" is beautifully melancholic; this is an area where the band really shines, as with the first track on the "Oblivion" EP. The title track finishes the collection of songs off in style - storytelling and its finest. It is obvious that The Islas have put their heart and soul into these six songs and after a difficult couple of years for everyone, "Oblivion" is the musical light at the end of the tunnel.
The Islas are no strangers to the live stage, previously supporting The Amazons on their Norwich dates of their tour. Taking headline slots at world renowned venues across Norwich such as Norwich Arts Centre, The Waterfront and EPIC Studios, The Islas have established themselves well within the scene. The new EP “Oblivion” comes at the right time for the band after being playlisted by Alex Rainbird , gaining Spotify editorial support along with getting airplay via BBC Introducing.
“Oblivion” the debut EP from The Islas is out now on all platforms