Islet are one of the best bands currently around on this fair isle of ours, not that you’d know it from their almost non-existent profile. Hailing from Cardiff and formed in 2009 from the ashes of the long forgotten Victorian English Gentleman’s Club , attack and defend and Them Squirrels they are an underground band in the true spirit of the word eschewing press attention and big labels in favour of releasing records & spreading their music through their accomplished, attention grabbing & rare live performances. This is a band prepared to let you come to them safe in the knowledge that you’ll stick around.
As is often the case, my discovering of Islet was a chance encounter, at Bestival 2011, mid afternoon on one of the smaller stages, coming between 2010’s well received EP’s ‘Celebrate This Place‘ & ‘Wimmy’ & 2012’s impressive debut full length ‘Illuminated People.’ Their wild abandon, tribal drumming, screeching nursery synths & shamanic gang vocals reminded me of a more ramshackle, less testosterone fuelled version of LA noise rock titans HEALTH or a noisier, slightly less obtuse Deerhoof. The casual instrument swapping confirmed to me that I’d stumbled upon something very special indeed.
2012’s aforementioned ‘Illuminated People’ brought the band to the attention of more people and the critical reception was universally praising of the band’s beguiling ability to compose a record with nods to bands as varied as Can, Explosions In The Sky, Wire, Tangerine Dream, Pere Ubu & those other hard to categorise Welsh gems, The Super Furry Animals. Just a mere 18 months on from that record, the band will play this show just 10 days after the release of new record ‘Released By The Movement’, one which if the early streams of ‘Tripping Through The Blue Room’ & ‘Triangulation Station‘ are anything to go by will be a similar mix of the wilfully obtuse & ridiculously catchy. Noticeably US indie press giant Pitchfork has got wind of the band so it might be the last chance to see them in such a small venue.
Brighton based promoters Love Thy Neighbour have a habit of pulling these sort of reasonably priced rabbits out of their hat and as always, I would expect 2 relevant & accomplished supports all for a price enough under a tenner to leave you with change for a pint. I very much doubt you’ll regret it.