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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Islands at The Bell House 8/20/09

Montreal's Islands played a Brooklyn show last night to preview new material off their third LP entitled Vapours, to be released by Anti-records on September 22nd. Nicholas Thorburn announced this was the first time they would be playing these new songs from the new album for a live audience.

Nick was on stage with original Islands and Unicorn drummer Jamie Thompson who I had heard left the band (he's back, if so) but most noticeable band members missing were the adorable Chow Brothers. Hopefully Sebastian and Alexander were at home studying for a chemistry exam and some new peeps were just filling in but it could just be a new line-up change. Their stage antics were extremely missed. The band showcased a ton of new songs that many people in the most packed Bell House show I have ever attended were singing along with. The LP must have leaked its way onto everyone's hard drives. Cadence Weapon or Busdriver came on stage to sing on an amazing version of "Where There's a Will There's a Whalebone." The band encored with another debut classic "Swans (Life After Death)," which ran well over the ten minutes.

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