THERE is a bit of mystery when it…
comes to Two Islands. Few photos exist online – not something I will ever support but, as they say, it is all-too-common, in an Internet age, to be too visible – and the guys keep cards close to the chest. What I DO know is they have produced a cracking single in Heaven. With very little know about them, an interview seemed like the perfect opportunity to learn more. The chaps talk about that ‘Two Islands’ name came about and how important Liverpool is to them – and whether there is a temptation to move to London. They discuss future recordings and whether there are any new tour dates coming up. On top of that, the guys offer advice to new songwriters and pick an album/song that means a lot to them.
Hi, guys. How are you? How have your weeks been?
Fine, thank you
For those new to your music, can you introduce yourselves, please?
We’re Two Islands.
We’ve always felt as if we existed on our own island, like outsiders looking in.
Taking musical cues from the classic songwriting synonymous with Liverpool, but dressing our songs in a modern and unique way, we’re aiming to follow in the lineage of northern bands – whose originality and creative ambition have helped to alter our perception of what is possible in Pop music.
Can you tell me a bit about your name ‘Two Islands’? Where did the band name come from?
It’s both a geographical reference, we’ve all grown up between two major cities, and it’s the juxtaposition between the everyday reality of the mundane nine-to-five – and the time we spend making music outside of our day jobs.
Heaven is your new single. What can you tell us about its inspiration and messages?
It’s an old song that’s been through many incarnations. Heaven describes the euphoria of finally arriving at a sound that best represents us.
Based in Liverpool; you must be subjected to some great new talent. How does the new crop stack-up against the Liverpool legends? What is the music vibe like in the city right now?
The vibe is great.
The music scene is probably as healthy as it has been for a long time with numerous band and artists breaking through nationally.
Our favourites are All We Are and Outfit.
Is there ever a temptation to decamp to somewhere like London or are you pretty settled where you are?
We’re settled. There’s nothing in London that we can’t already do in Liverpool.
What can we expect music-wise in the coming months? You chaps planning an E.P.?
Heaven is the first marker ahead of a stream of output to come this year.
Any plans hitting the road and getting out across the U.K.?
We’ll be playing our first shows in a couple of months.
Looking at social media, it seems there are a lot of great photos but few of the bands. What is the reason behind this? You lot building a bit of mystery?
We want to reclaim the romance of falling in love with an artist solely through their songs: something that has been lost in the Internet era.
We’re not looking to hide: we just want to engage through our music.
Who are the new artists you recommend we check out?
If you had to select the one album that has meant most to you; which would it be and why?
New Order – Power, Corruption & Lies
It simply reminds me of a time and a place. It also informs the type of music we want to make as Two Islands.
Is there any advice you’d give to artists coming through at the moment?
Take your time to get your music right before making anything publically available.
Finally, and for being good sports, you can select a song and I’ll play it here (not one of yours as I’ll do that).
LCD Soundsystem – Someone Great
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