People in bands generally know other people in bands, which means that when it comes to new music, it’s probably worth checking out something they suggest to you. Take Gareth from Los Campesinos! – I asked him for a few tips about which new bands he’s enjoying at the minute, and one of the names that came up was that of Islet. Here’s what he had to say:
They’re our friends band from Cardiff, who hopefully we’re going to play some shows with. They’re noisy, experimental, double-drum kit. Former members of Victorian English Gentlemen’s Club and Attack + Defend, who we’ve toured with before. They should have a record out next year and that should be great
Now, whereas most new bands are absolutely desperate to do anything to up their exposure, Islet are different. I’ve know friends bands who’ve had myspaces before they’ve recorded any tracks or played any gigs, but these are pretty much the polar opposite of that scene. As said above, they’ve been in bands before, but Islet are unlike most things you’ve heard before. Notoriously difficult to track down online, according to a recent NME article, they actively shun the whole web scene in favour of doing things in actual real life. That means that, despite them attracting quite a lot of hype, there’s still very little of their music to be found about. According to official website/fansite thisisislet.com, they don’t have CD’s to sell at their gigs either, so the only snippet that I can offer is this track from recently recorded Bethan Elfyn BBC Wales session. They’re everything you’d imagine – noisy, choatic but absolutely brilliant. And the general consensus is that they’re even better in the flesh.