After the breakup of popular experimental lo-fi indie rock band the Unicorns,
members Nicholas Thorburn (aka Nick Diamonds; vocals, guitar, keyboard) and
Jaime Thompson (aka J'aime Tambeur; drums) formed Islands, which found the two
more focused on brighter production and neo-psychedelic indie pop. Since forming
in early 2005, the Canadian band has also featured a fluctuating lineup of
contributors on a wide variety of instruments, both live and on record. That
list includes Alex and Sebastian Chow (the 1993 and 1994 World Super NES Fest
Jim Guthrie (grandson of
Woody and nephew of
Busdriver. Islands released the debut album Return to the Sea in April 2006
through Rough Trade in the U.K. and Equator in North America. For one of its
first shows, Islands opened for
Beck at the 2005 Pop Montreal music festival, followed in October 2005 by a
short tour with
Beck. On another tour in early 2006 the band was opening for
Metric. That May the band announced that Tambeur would be leaving Islands,
citing a loss of interest in being in a band.
Islands released Arm's Way in 2008.
DELUSIONS OF ADEQUACY - "Arm’s Way is an exceptional album in
its own right that serves as overwhelmingly convincing evidence that Islands is
no one-hit indie-wonder and still has enough talent to get them exactly where
they want to go."
SPUTNIKMUSIC - "Islands produced an adventurous and daring
record with Arm's Way, an adventure many bands are afraid to attempt."