The Brighton music scene is fast becoming known for spawning sickeningly talented artists. BIMM graduates, The Island Club are at the forefront of this particular scene and are en route to follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before them, such as the hugely popular Fickle Friends, who also happen to be BIMM alumni.
Not ones to take things slowly, the five-piece have delved into the new year by announcing their new project – ‘The Island Club Presents’. The regular club night will be used as a platform to showcase bands the group are excited about. The event came about as the quintet love the Brighton scene as: “there’s so much variety and opportunities to get involved.
“The one thing we’ve had an issue with is that there isn’t one event that caters to our interests, or shows all the bands we think are doing amazing things, so we’re starting our own club night.” The eagerly-anticipated club night exemplifies their hard work and dedication, with their 2016 efforts putting them in good stead for the year ahead. “We’re really excited to grow this thing and see how many people feel the same way about the music as us.”
Their ever increasing following have fallen head over heels for their self-described: “big synthy, guitary dance music,” and it’s not hard to see where they get their influences from either. “We draw influences from psychedelia, funk, indie, electronic music and Max Martin style high-pop songwriting.” Taking inspiration from other new groups isn’t something they shy away from either. “The Big Moon, Anteros, Kilo and Club Sport” are a select number of artists they mention that they’re into at the moment.
However, they also reveal that some of their favourite new bands weren’t as highly tipped as perhaps they should have been in new music lists, like the BBC’s Sound of 2017. “Coming on top of that list must be such a great marker for an artists’ career and we’re excited about it’s ability to get artists out in front of new audiences.“We were sad to see bands like The Big Moon and The Magic Gang (also from Brighton) didn’t make the long list this year, so I suppose there are some spheres of music that haven’t been represented as much as we’d like, but overall we think it is an important list for the industry.”
The upward trajectory that The Island Club are currently experiencing is set to grow as the year plays out. “We have a lot planned for 2017 but nothing we can reveal just yet. Watch this space though.” You’d be wise to. The Island Club will be the band on everyone’s lips this time next year.