SXSW: Islands Are Awesome

Stereogum | March 15, 2008 - 3:19 pm

It’s in the blogger code to toss out superlatives with reckless abandon, but really — we weren’t lying when called Islands set at Cedar St. the best of this fest. (OK, maybe Fuck Buttons @ Volume today is a contender.) Yeah that’s Nick strangling Subtitle with a drum mallet, and yes Nick was wearing white face. (Move over List Christee, there’s no monopoly on theatricality.) Islands stormed the Cedar St. Courtyard with black outfits and a perfect mix of Return To The Sea + their excellent upcoming Arm’s Way. But don’t take these words for it: Stereogum videographer Matt Neatock (newly converted Islands fan #1) fought the crowd to capture three tunes of new and old. We start with set opener “Vertigo (If It’s A Crime)”:

Next up: the new single…


Now Subtitle gets choked on “Where There’s A Will There’s a Whalebone”…


And some photos:

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Islands – “Arm’s Way” (MP3)