Island of Love are today announcing their brand-new single ‘Fed Rock’, the follow up to last month’s lead double A-side single ‘Grow / Blues 2000’. Whilst the band’s introduction to the new album was led by guitarist and vocalist Karim Newble, this time out co-frontman Linus Munch continues that journey, taking on vocal duties for ‘Fed Rock’. The band’s self-titled debut album is set for release May 12th via Third Man Records on LP, CD and cassette.
Island of Love’s new music saw immediate support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, Brooklyn Vegan, Consequence, Dork, NME, Pitchfork, So Young, Stereogum and more, and with ‘Fed Rock’ the band doubles down with another foot-to-the-floor bolt of energy, bound by dueling guitar interplay, in a song that ultimately became a bonding experience. Accompanying the launch of ‘Fed Rock’ is its riotously surreal, homespun DIY caper. Co-frontman Linus Munch explains:
We wrote this song about a lot of the bands we were seeing around us when we first started gigging in London. It was one of the first songs written for the album and has always been a highlight of our set, and I think the faster pace of the song reflects the time it was written – the summer when we played our very first shows. We were moving from Ben’s studio (Fuzzbrain in London) to small venues for the first time and our set was still heavily weighted on the side of stoned jams like Tall Boots (from 2020 EP ‘Promo Tape’) and Head Case (from 2022 EP ‘Songs of Love’). We all felt this new creeping influence of bands like Thin Lizzy and Ramones which gave Fed Rock a different energy, while having a song in the set that said what we felt about certain bands we played alongside always made playing with them that little bit more bearable. The video was shot around Fuzzbrain with a small group of friends and family on a sunny day in February. The camera is shaky and the narrative is loose, but the spectacle of Dan’s Rambo-style blaze of glory at the mercy of two banana-wielding monkey detectives is alone worth the price of admission.
Pre-order the debut album here.
Hear ‘Fed Rock’ on streaming services here and watch the video on YouTube below.
Island of Love will also be touring in the EU / UK this Spring. Full routing is below.
16th March – The Lubber Fiend, Newcastle, UK
17th March – Delicious Clam, Sheffield, UK
18th March – Outpost, Liverpool. UK
19th March – Aatma, Manchester, UK
30th March – Clermont Fest, Clermont FR
13th April – VOL, Barcelona, ES
14th April – Le Ravelin, Toulouse, FR
15th April – Chinastraat, Ghent, BE
16th April – Le Rigoletto, Paris, FR
17th April – Music City, Antwerp, BE
18th April – Vera, Groningen, NL
19th April – Cinetol, Amsterdam, NL
20th April – Autobahn, Berlin, DE
21st April – Ada, Warsaw, PL
23rd April – Underdogs, Prague, CZ
24th April – Venster 99, Vienna, AT
25th April – Cafe XXE, Fribourg, CH
26th April – Monami, Brescia, IT
27th April – L’Intermediaire, Marseille, FR
13th May – Rough Trade East, London, UK
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