Islands Release Single “Becoming the Gunship”

Islands Release New Single "Becoming the Gunship," New Album + Tour This Fall

With the release of their latest record on the horizon, Islands is excited to reveal their latest single, “Becoming the Gunship.” Drawn from the band’s upcoming record, Ski Mask (Sept. 17th – Manque Music), the track’s genesis is rooted in a dream of lead singer Nick Thorburn’s. “The first three lines in the song — ‘When it was dark / I was a question mark / Becoming the gunship’ — came to me in a dream,” Thorburn says. “I woke up and immediately wrote it down and held onto the piece of paper until I could flesh out its hidden meaning into a full song.” Listen to the track above.

The band will also be heading out for dates in North America this fall, with stops including Boston, Portland, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York. Full tour dates below.

“This record is really about being angry,” says Thorburn. “For better or worse, this record kind of sums up my experience thus far with being in a band. Like the third act of a movie—just after it seems like all hope is lost, that’s when the big breakthrough moment happens. For Islands, this is us waiting for the breakthrough moment.”

Thorburn, along with a rotating cast of bandmates, has been working under the moniker of Islands for nearly a decade. Formed in 2005 after the dissolution of Thorburn’s previous (and much beloved) band The Unicorns, Islands quickly established themselves as one of the most erudite and forward-thinking pop bands to emerge from the Montreal rock scene. Over the course of four albums — 2006’s Return to the Sea (inspired by South African high life music), 2008’s Arm’s Way (a study in orchestral pop music and playful psych), 2009’s Vapours (pulsing electro pop), and 2012’s A Sleep & A Forgetting (soulful singer/songwriter fare)—Thorburn and co. showed off a remarkably chameleonic ability to bend a variety of different musical styles to their will. With Ski Mask, Islands has synthesized their diverse musical tastes into one concise whole.


1. Wave Forms

2. Death Drive

3. Becoming the Gunship

4. Nil

5. Sad Middle

6. Hushed Tones

7. Here Here

8. Shotgun Vision

9. Of Corpse

10. We’ll Do It So You Don’t Have To

11. Winged Beat Drums


Upcoming tour dates

9/18: Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door

9/20: Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project

9/21: Vancouver, BC @ Media Club

9/22: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir

9/24: San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel

9/25: Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room

9/26: Los Angeles, CA @ Eagle Rock Center for the Arts

9/27: San Diego, CA @ Casbah

10/8: Boston, MA @ Great Scott

10/9: Montreal, QC @ Il Motore

10/10: Toronto, ON @ The Garrison

10/11: Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch

10/12: Madison, WI @ Der Rathskeller

10/13: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

10/14: Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle

10/16: Washington, DC @ The Rock and Roll Hotel

10/17: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

10/20: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom



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