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The Broken Islands


The Broken Islands

THE BROKEN ISLANDS -SOLID STATE

new single out 01.05.19

from the forthcoming album 

MASQUERADE

out late summer 2019

 

UK live dates

04.05.19  LIVERPOOL Baltic Triangle (Sound City)
05.05.19  MANCHESTER Aatma
07.05.19  NEWMARKET White Swan
08.05.19  CAMBRIDGE Black Horse
09.05.19  SHEFFIELD West Street Live
10.05.19  LONDON Troubadour

The Broken Islands are a Vancouver, Canada based sextet who meld elements of ambient pop, shoegaze, post-rock, post-punk, trip-hop and dark wave to create their own distinct sound. With crashing guitars and delicate sounding keyboards weaving around swooning, siren-like vocals, the band’s songs can sound at times like an otherworldly sonic experience while still being packed with emotion and moments of tenderness.

A well received debut album entitled ‘Wars’ was released in the autumn of 2017, with a follow up, ‘Masquerade’, due out in the late summer of 2019. An opening salvo from the new record is available now in the form of the cinematic sounding ‘Solid State’, which is being issued to coincide with some UK shows.

Explaining the meaning of the song, the band state that “life can be radiant, but it can also get dark. It’s a wild and head spinning rollercoaster ride where sometimes you feel like you don’t have a handle to hang on to for those big drops. You’ll find yourself helping a struggling friend with their demons, while also trying to navigate your own secret turmoil. This song is about lifting the people you love and being vulnerable enough to let them lift you back. It’s about giving solid advice, but not always applying it to your own life; helping others, when sometimes you need help yourself. Living day by day with buried troubles, masking them with a simple smile. Then, finally, you realise everyone is complicated, everyone has their own story, and everyone needs to be lifted once in a while. You aren’t alone. This song is about facing your truth, facing the fear, then letting it all go.”

Like its predecessor, ‘Masquerade’ has been produced and mixed by Dave ‘Rave’ Ogilvie, who is best known for his work with industrial music titans such as Nine Inch Nails, Ministry and Skinny Puppy and was the perfect choice to harness the many influences that constitute the sound of The Broken Islands. Band co-founder Stephen Cameron points out that “we are all multi-instrumentalists and one of the great things about being in a six piece band is the ability to switch instruments and play different things on different songs to really makes things exciting. We love to add percussion to songs so a set of free hands usually gets a chance to pick something up and add a new sound to a track. We all have wildly varied musical references, which we believe is what makes The Broken Islands sound the way it does. It’s really great to gain insight into someone else’s perspective of a song that you might not have heard before.”

THE BROKEN ISLANDS

Stephen Cameron – bass
Rachelle Boily – vocals
Kurtis Sheldan – guitar
Rachel Ashmore – keyboards
Mitchell Williams – drums
Cameron Hartl – guitar

The Broken Islands – Solid State

The Broken Islands – No One Left to Kill

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