It’s been a lively ride for London 4 piece Island who announced themselves with debut EP Girl at the back end of 2015 which saw debut single ‘Stargazer’ hit no. 7 of the UK Spotify viral chart. After just a handful of shows, the band headlined 800 capacity Scala last November and more recently took the step up to Heaven, the target venue for the top crop of major label guitar acts launching their debut albums.

Island quite possibly might be the only indie UK act in recent times to hit this level of demand in the capital, and all before their attentions turned towards their debut LP which they are delighted to announce will be released through Frenchkiss (Diet Cig, Drowners, The Hold Steady).

Don’t be fooled however. If headlining Heaven was a right of passage the band have certainly put in the required groundwork to hit their stride. After extensive tours with Amber Run and Palace, the latter of which took them to Europe, Island are as assured being the stars as they are reaching for them. Their cerebral take on pop readies them to take the baton from groups like Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club well evidenced in their Heaven crowd who weren’t shy belting their hook-laden choruses back at them.

Island Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘Dreaming Of’ below:

Plus support from LEIF ERIKSON

Leif Erikson was the relatively little-known Icelandic explorer believed by many to have been the first Westerner to reach the shores of America (beating Christopher Columbus to establish a Norse colony in the New World). It’s a legend partly paid tribute to in this namesake of a new London five-piece, whose early material also explores that idea of escaping to a simpler, more innocent time. Slowly honing their craft, members of Leif Erikson have been friends from school since the age of 13: firstly forming bands together, and later tailing off into make-do jobs (chef, builder) whilst, as the title of their debut track suggested, looking for signs.

Having released a number of tracks in the past 12 months and played shows around the UK the band have just inked their first record deal with legendary Canadian record label Arts & Crafts.

Leif Erikson Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Looking For Signs’ below: