Gigs, Photography, Show Reviews, The Revue — May 24, 2016 at 7:00 am

Islands play Ritual (photo essay)

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Two weeks ago, indie quartet Islands released two new albums, Should I Remain Here, At Sea? and Taste. This ambitious project showcased the two sides of the Montreal now Los Angeles-based group – the guitar-driven, indie-rock and art-rock sound we have grown accustomed to and a new more electronic-oriented approach.

The beginning of the show focused primarily on material from the new albums, including “Charm Offensive”, “The Joke”, “Christmas Tree”, and “No Milk, No Sugar”. After about thirty minutes, frontman Nicholas Thorburn solicited some feedback from the audience on the new music, which was more than favourably received, especially from one fan who was enjoying the libations. Nicholas would return to that well throughout the night for his and the audience’s amusement.

The band had not played Ottawa in some time (Nicholas suggested since 2010), so it was a very welcome return and here’s hoping the city doesn’t have to wait as long for the next visit. With two new albums of material to draw upon, they could come back in six months and offer a completely different experience.

Below are some photos from the energetic concert.

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