The Isles
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The Isles

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Release Date: August 5, 2004
The 4 song EP "Back To Terrific" was recorded and mixed in the group's own basement studio in The LIC neighborhood of Queens during the wet hot months of June and July 2004. Mastering occurred in Manhattan's Turtle Tone Studios. Produced by Geller, the songs pulse and shimmer with bright energy and give clear indication of the dynamic emotional range the band can achieve live; from the fey-disco punk stomp of "True South", to the spacious 70s bass groove of "Pills from Mexico".

1. Fuck (2:46)
2. Eve of the Battle (4:13)
3. True South (2:35)
4. Pills From Mexico (4:00)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Upon the implosion of Haberland's previous outfit, the prog thrash hellion Celebrity Roast in Spring '03, the quest began to start a band that was less about volume and more about, er, slightly less volume. After stumbling upon a like minded Geller, the two began crafting guitar pop songs together in Brooklyn that summer. The two recognized that there were very few intelligent pop bands left in NYC in the wake of the Liars/Yeah Yeah Yeahs/TV on the Radio inspired fashion/art rock tsunami, and thus set out to recapture the breezy, sing along power of groups such as The Beach Boys, The Smiths, Guided By Voices, and The Pixies.
It took about seven months to find wonder drummer Tony, fresh off the boat from a two year tour of duty as a jazz drummer on a cruise ship. With whipsmart grooves and a metronome kick, the band found themselves in a zone where dance beats and chiming, tropical guitar hooks were married in songs of love, lust, and loss.

Once live playing commenced, The Isles found themselves making mouths and hips wiggle at both house parties and hipster bars in Williamsburg, the East Village/Lower East Side, Harlem, Albany, Queens, and Long Island.Taking a cue from the work ethic of the DIY punk scene, The Isles are at once self-sufficient and community based; that is, attuned to the difference between ambition and ego whilst riding around in a giant red bus.