Listen to Islands' New Single "Becoming the Gunship"

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Listen to Islands' New Single "Becoming the Gunship"

The Nick Thorburn-helmed indie pop project Islands will soon unveil Ski Mask, the follow-up LP to A Sleep & A Forgetting. While the Canadian band ran a more direct-sounding route with last year’s release, it seems like they could be venturing back to dreamier Vapours-esque days on their new song “Becoming the Gunship.”

The Canadian band’s aptly named first single “”Wave Forms, was a breezy, piano-fueled ride with an upbeat melody, but here Thorburn throws us something different with the slow, sprawling anthem “Becoming the Gunship.”

If “Wave Forms” let us dip our toes in the water, “Becoming the Gunship” is a full-on cannonball, one that first splashed into the former Unicorns frontman’s dreams.

“The first three lines in the song — ‘When it was dark / I was a question mark / Becoming the gunship’ — came to me in a dream,” Thorburn told SPIN. “I woke up and immediately wrote it down and held onto the piece of paper until I could flesh out its hidden meaning into a full song.”

He adds, “The album plays on the nature of identity, death, and violence. Thematically, death is a mainstay for me. Usually though, it’s an inward-facing creative well I draw from. This album explores my more external thoughts about death and destruction and how I can influence my immediate world in both a positive and negative light.”

Ski Mask is out on Sept. 17 via Manqué, the same month that the band embarks on a two-month U.S. tour. Check out the dates and listen to “Becoming the Gunship” below.

Islands Tour Dates
18 - Visalia, Calif. @ The Cellar Door
20 - Seattle, Wash. @ The Vera Project
21 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ Media Club
22 - Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir
24 - San Francisco, Calif. @ The Chapel
25 - Santa Ana, Calif. @ The Constellation Room
26 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Eagle Rock Center for the Arts
27 - San Diego, Calif. @ Casbah

8 - Boston, Mass. @ Great Scott
9 - Montreal, Quebec @ Il Motore
10 - Toronto, Ontario @ The Garrison
11 - Detroit, Mich. @ The Loving Touch
12 - Madison, Wis. @ Der Rathskeller
13 - Minneapolis, Minn. @ 7th Street Entry
14 - Chicago, Ill. @ Empty Bottle
16 - D.C. @ Empty Bottle
17 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ Johnny Brenda’s
20 - New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom