Wednesday, December 07, 2005

No Man Is One

There's much love for Islands tonight. It was nearly a sell-out crowd on a cold Tuesday night here in New York City. The band was nothing short of excellent and you should all be excited for them in 2006. The new material isn't so much a departure from Unicorns although it's a much fuller sound musically. They crammed seven guys up there on the Knitting Facory stage including Royal City's Jim Guthrie and a very energetic viola player. After previewing their impending 2006 release the band treated the audience with an inspired encore, a cover of "Going to Graceland". The fanatical crowd demanded a 2nd encore and with the egging of the other members of the band, Nick Diamonds and J'aime Tambeur came back up to play the much leaked "Abominable Snow" which Nick claims he hadn't played since they recorded it. I wish I had some pictures for y'all but I'm still waiting on getting a camera for Christmas.

The new record will be out in Europe on Rough Trade in January with the band still undecided about a North American distributor (although it has been suggested that it might be Rough Trade as well). As soon as I have something, I'll be sure to share it with you.


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