Electro pop from Scotland, Meet – ISLE

ISLE’s latest single Faults is out now and features the band’s signature euphoric pop, ending the year on a high with their huge sound.

Faults is about telling yourself that it’s ok to make mistakes growing up, as long as you learn from them. Melodically, the single is taut, hooky and uplifting, brimming with electrifying energy.

ISLE are multi-instrumentalists Liam John Rutherford and Ben Singer. Based in the Scottish Borders, the talented duo pride themselves on producing everything from their artwork and videos to their production all done independently.

This year they headlined the BBC Introducing stage at T in the Park and have built a strong following with support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Scotland, Amazing Radio and Radio X with the likes of Clash, DIY, Gold Flake Paint and Louder Than War singing the band praises online.

In February 2017 ISLE are set to support Ladyhawke on the following dates:

07.02.17 – The Marble Factory, Bristol
09.02.17 – Art School, Glasgow
10.02.17 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
11.02.17 – Manchester Academy, Manchester
13.02.17 – Institute 2, Birmingham,
14.02.17 – Academy 2, Oxford
15.02.17 – Koko, London
17.02.17 – Sub 89, Reading
18.02.17 – Hove Old Market, Hove

Faults by ISLE is out now.

Meet – Isle
1) For those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band?
I’ve known Ben for a good few years having both been part of the Glaswegian Math Rock scene. After my old band broke up and I decided I wanted to write something a little different, Ben was the absolute first choice; he’s an incredible drummer and although he doesn’t think it – has the voice of an angel. That was about 2 years ago and we’ve still not yet ended up in a fist-fight.

2) Who would you list as your musical influences?
Personally I grew up listening to Queen, Pantera & The Offspring. But for ISLE probably more Jonsi, early MGMT, Two Door Cinema Club, & Bloc Party.

3) What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
There were a lot of amazing things this year, but certainly something that stands out would be having a comment left on youtube from someone saying that the track had helped them get through a break up. That was really nice… It was really heartening to find something you’d written jumps from meaning a lot to me, to meaning a lot for someone I’d never met.

4) What are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years?
I’m absolutely desperate to tour again, so plenty of that would be good! I never did the traveling thing after uni. Always figured that if I put the work in early, touring would be the best way to see the world and do something you love. Be also nice to get a few more EPs out. I’m going to be a realist about things though – If I can still write and play, I’m pretty much going to be content.

5) What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
The newest Two Door Cinema Club album is a beaut, as is the new (long awaited, although never anticipated) American Football album. Really like ‘Sadnecessary’ by Milky Chance too. Oh and anything by Everything Everything… Ben and I both absolutely love last years ‘Get to Heaven’ release.

6) Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
It’s a bit of a pain in the arse, but mainly because you have to do coordinated posts over 5 or so platforms all the time. Things like hootsuite help though.
It’s just one of those things as a band you have to do these days… I sure as hell prefer it to handing out flyers / CD-Rs outside shows like you used to have to do it.

7) Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?
I try not too. Because as much as respect people’s opinions, they are just that – opinions. And even though I know this, it’s hard not to take these things personally. A while ago I realised that if I try and make music for other people, I’m just going to regret it. If I make the music I want to make, then even if everyone else hates it – I could be happy.

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