Islander: Pains. review

\"IslanderWith the internet practically changing everything about how the music industry works, there are obviously some negative aspects to the changes. One of the negative changes is the fact that the door is open for pretty much anyone in a band to put out music- whether they’re good or not. More times than not, they’re pretty bad.

The biggest problem with this is that it’s getting progressively harder and more difficult for a new band who’s actually good to get noticed. More and more these days the good bands are falling through the cracks and not getting the opportunities they would have once gotten.

When a good band comes around, it’s now the job of the fans, media and anyone else who notices them, to make sure they get the chances they deserve.

One of those bands is Islander.

Islander are the latest band to emerge from Victory Records and they’ve got a sound that will intrigue you. It’s been pitched as this generation’s Deftones or Rage Against the Machine; Now, I know what you’re thinking- impossible, right?


See, these days people are very quick to shut the door on something when they don’t think it’s possible. People don’t wanna give something a chance if they don’t see it being plausible.

If people do that to Islander, we may lose a band who has great potential, so listen up.

Their debut EP, Pains., opens with “New Colors,” a track that’s reminiscent of P.O.D. meets Rage Against the Machine or Deftones with a little Norma Jean or The Chariot sprinkled in for fun.

Take that and add the next track, “Lucky Rabbit,” which features H.R. of Bad Brains and you’ve got one extreme song that will blow your mind coming from a new band.

With the final two tracks, “Glass” and “Big Shot,” you’ve got an EP that will make you wish it was a full-length. This band has all the makings of being one of the next big things and in a music world where touring is the new way to make your living, Islander has what it takes.

Look for them to not go anywhere anytime soon. In fact, if you see them on some big tours in the near future (Warped Tour), don’t be surprised.

Rating: 9/10