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Get to Know: Island Club

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If you’re a fan of Tame Impala, Blossoms or Haim, you’re in for a treat…

Over the last couple of years, dream pop has been incredibly popular, largely thanks to the artists above. It’s a style so hard to get right, and not many can – but Island Club do so with ease. By effortlessly integrating an array of sounds, behind catchy melodies and feet- tapping grooves, they achieve the perfect blend of pop and psychedelia. It’s by no means a long stretch to compare them with the very best in the business.

Since their formation in 2015, the five-piece indie pop group are blossoming in the vibrant city of Brighton. With multiple appearances at the renowned Great Escape festival, countless sold-out gigs and hit single ‘Let Go’ having nearly two million Spotify plays, the band are creating a local stir. If you talk to anyone in Brighton about its current riches of talent, Island Club will inevitably come up.

Island Club
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During their first two years, they’ve released three strong singles, my favourite being the recently released ‘Call It What You Want’. It’s much less guitar-driven than their previous work, but the synth provides a beautiful hook underneath lead singer Mike’s oh-so-smooth vocals. Listeners are taken on a real sonic journey culminating in a rush of euphoria. A true masterpiece that wouldn’t look out of place on Tame Impala’s latest album.

Island Club
Credit: @islandclubmusic

Given their recent success, it’s easy to forget Island Club’s tender age – but they’re showing no signs of slowing down. “Expect more shows and more music!” said drummer Sam, when I caught up with the band. “We’ve been working on a lot of stuff behind the scenes which we’re really proud of, and we can’t wait to share it with everyone. We’ve been blown away by the response to our music, and there’s so much more to come. Watch this space.”

To get a real taste of Island Club, you have to see them live. As you enter the room you’ll slowly sink into a trance. Guitar hooks perfectly intwine with Mike’s idyllic vocal melodies, leaving you feeling like you’re worlds away from reality. That coupled with sci-fi sounding keys and breath-taking harmonies give you dream pop perfection.

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