Mon Mar 31 2014

9:30 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

Fortune Sound Club

147 East Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6A 1T6

$15.00

Ages 19+

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Timbre Concerts proudly presents Islands.

For more info on Timbre Concerts and their upcoming concerts visit www.timbreconcerts.com.

Please note: This event is 19 and over. Any Ticketholder unable to present valid photo identification indicating that they are at least 19 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund.

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Islands With Special Guests

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  • Islands

    Islands

    Alternative Rock

    On the first track from Islands’ new album—the winsome, tropicalia-inflected “Wave Forms”—front man
    Nick Thorburn opens the record by singing, “I won’t ride another wave and I won’t write another word after today.” In light of the rest of the album, the statement is both an admonition and a kind of warning.
    Ski Mask, the band’s fifth album, is equal parts beauty and venom—an album that percolates with the
    kind of polymorphous pop and hooky, left-of-center rock songs that have long been the band’s stock and
    trade. This time around, however, the artful indie-pop comes with a decidedly melancholy punch.
    “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. I feel like we’re kind of at a crossroads and this record is
    kind of me just declaring forfeiture in some ways. 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.”

    If Ski Mask is both a personal statement about what it means to be in a band—as well as a statement
    about the mercurial nature of the music business itself—then it’s certainly well earned. 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
    ever 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. It’s a talent that that historically made each Islands record it’s own
    very singular listening experience. It’s also a defining quality that made Islands difficult to pin down and
    nearly impossible to neatly classify (which, one expects, has always been the band’s goal).

    “This record is kind of a culmination of all the different things we’ve done over the years,” says Thorburn.
    “It’s basically a melting pot of all those sounds. So much of this record is about identity—specifically, the
    quest for finding out your own identity. Islands has always been kind of about that. In a lot of ways, we’ve
    always been kind of this homeless entity. We didn’t really fit in specifically with any genre and we were
    really never part of any community. Islands has always been it’s own thing…and I think the frustration of
    feeling like this very isolated band with no place to properly fit in made everything come to a head on this
    record. All of these feelings and ideas that have been bubbling up over the course of four previous albums
    finally came to the surface on this one This record is like a summation of Islands, everything we’ve ever
    done distilled into one record. It’s basically an essential introduction to Islands—it’s everything we’ve ever
    been about.”

    Ski Mask, while arguably the most sonically diverse album Islands has ever made (which is saying
    something), also plays out like Thorburn’s personal frustrations writ large. Songs like “Death Drive” “Nil”
    and “Of Corpse” balance beautiful melodies against some of the darkest lyrical missives that Thorburn
    has ever written. When he sings, “Are you impressed with how depressed I’ve become?” it’s hard not to
    register the sting. Still, Thorburn—along with current bandmates Evan Gordon, Geordie Gordon, and
    Luc Laurent—can’t seem to help but make beautiful music, which serves as a nice counterbalance to
    the record’s heavier concerns. Even with a back catalog already heavily loaded with gorgeous songs,
    tracks like “We’ll do it so you don’t have to” and “Here Here” rank among some of the most beautiful the
    band has ever recorded. The record might also be the band’s darkest—featuring lyrics that flatly state
    that “Life’s not a gas, it’s a gas chamber” and, more pointedly, elsewhere there is a borrowed quote
    from Cornel West: “Featherless, born between urine and feces.” As a result, Ski Mask offers beauty and
    bleakness in mostly equal measure. If the record proves to be Islands’ swan song—a possibility Thorburn doesn’t dispute—it certainly makes for a compelling one.

    For Thorburn and his bandmates, the release of Ski Mask is something akin to throwing down the
    gauntlet. It’s also the first (and one hopes, not the last) album to be released on the band’s own Manqué
    Music label. Despite whatever reservations Thorburn has about navigating the murky waters of the music
    business, he remains genuflect about the band. “I feel like I’m still getting better at making songs and
    making records,” he says. “It took a while for us to find ourselves as a band and so much of this record
    is about struggling and confusion, but I do think we’ve really come into our own with this record. It feels
    like the best representation of Islands that has probably ever existed. For the first time in a long while, I’m
    genuinely excited about what happens next.”

     

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Islands With Special Guests

Mon Mar 31 2014 9:30 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Fortune Sound Club Vancouver BC
Islands With Special Guests
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$15.00 Ages 19+

Timbre Concerts proudly presents Islands.

For more info on Timbre Concerts and their upcoming concerts visit www.timbreconcerts.com.

Please note: This event is 19 and over. Any Ticketholder unable to present valid photo identification indicating that they are at least 19 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund.

Islands

Islands

Alternative Rock

On the first track from Islands’ new album—the winsome, tropicalia-inflected “Wave Forms”—front man
Nick Thorburn opens the record by singing, “I won’t ride another wave and I won’t write another word after today.” In light of the rest of the album, the statement is both an admonition and a kind of warning.
Ski Mask, the band’s fifth album, is equal parts beauty and venom—an album that percolates with the
kind of polymorphous pop and hooky, left-of-center rock songs that have long been the band’s stock and
trade. This time around, however, the artful indie-pop comes with a decidedly melancholy punch.
“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. I feel like we’re kind of at a crossroads and this record is
kind of me just declaring forfeiture in some ways. 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.”

If Ski Mask is both a personal statement about what it means to be in a band—as well as a statement
about the mercurial nature of the music business itself—then it’s certainly well earned. 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
ever 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. It’s a talent that that historically made each Islands record it’s own
very singular listening experience. It’s also a defining quality that made Islands difficult to pin down and
nearly impossible to neatly classify (which, one expects, has always been the band’s goal).

“This record is kind of a culmination of all the different things we’ve done over the years,” says Thorburn.
“It’s basically a melting pot of all those sounds. So much of this record is about identity—specifically, the
quest for finding out your own identity. Islands has always been kind of about that. In a lot of ways, we’ve
always been kind of this homeless entity. We didn’t really fit in specifically with any genre and we were
really never part of any community. Islands has always been it’s own thing…and I think the frustration of
feeling like this very isolated band with no place to properly fit in made everything come to a head on this
record. All of these feelings and ideas that have been bubbling up over the course of four previous albums
finally came to the surface on this one This record is like a summation of Islands, everything we’ve ever
done distilled into one record. It’s basically an essential introduction to Islands—it’s everything we’ve ever
been about.”

Ski Mask, while arguably the most sonically diverse album Islands has ever made (which is saying
something), also plays out like Thorburn’s personal frustrations writ large. Songs like “Death Drive” “Nil”
and “Of Corpse” balance beautiful melodies against some of the darkest lyrical missives that Thorburn
has ever written. When he sings, “Are you impressed with how depressed I’ve become?” it’s hard not to
register the sting. Still, Thorburn—along with current bandmates Evan Gordon, Geordie Gordon, and
Luc Laurent—can’t seem to help but make beautiful music, which serves as a nice counterbalance to
the record’s heavier concerns. Even with a back catalog already heavily loaded with gorgeous songs,
tracks like “We’ll do it so you don’t have to” and “Here Here” rank among some of the most beautiful the
band has ever recorded. The record might also be the band’s darkest—featuring lyrics that flatly state
that “Life’s not a gas, it’s a gas chamber” and, more pointedly, elsewhere there is a borrowed quote
from Cornel West: “Featherless, born between urine and feces.” As a result, Ski Mask offers beauty and
bleakness in mostly equal measure. If the record proves to be Islands’ swan song—a possibility Thorburn doesn’t dispute—it certainly makes for a compelling one.

For Thorburn and his bandmates, the release of Ski Mask is something akin to throwing down the
gauntlet. It’s also the first (and one hopes, not the last) album to be released on the band’s own Manqué
Music label. Despite whatever reservations Thorburn has about navigating the murky waters of the music
business, he remains genuflect about the band. “I feel like I’m still getting better at making songs and
making records,” he says. “It took a while for us to find ourselves as a band and so much of this record
is about struggling and confusion, but I do think we’ve really come into our own with this record. It feels
like the best representation of Islands that has probably ever existed. For the first time in a long while, I’m
genuinely excited about what happens next.”