Thursday, March 16, 2023

Island of Love - "Fed Rock"

Photo by Cole Flynn-Quirke

Looking at the praise for Island of Love, the bands they get compared to a lot are Dinosaur Jr and Husker Du. Once you listen to the London band's new single, you'll understand why. "Fed Rock" has that monster guitar sound that s just pure J Mascis, along with that bordering on out of control but still kinda pop thing you got with Husker Du. It's also reminding me a lot of Arctic Monkey's first album, too. It has that fast paced sprint of a song sound with the band just barely hanging on. In other words, "Fed Rock" is a great song that is going to launch you into the fandom of Island of Love immediately.

Linus Munch (vocals) says of his band's new song:

“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.”

You can listen to "Fed Rock" below. Island of Love's self-titled debut album is due out May 12 on Third Man Records. The album can be pre-ordered here. For more on the band, check out the band on Facebook and Instagram

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