With two LPs in two years, art-rock group Islands continues to churn out records. Islands frontman and Unicorns founder Nick Thorburn announced in July that Islands’ fifth LP, Ski Mask, would be released September 17 via Thorburn’s label, Manqué.
 
Today, the group released a track off the album, “Becoming The Gunship,” with more anthemic oomph than Islands’ first single “Wave Forms.” With a rolling drumbeat, echoed guitar riffs and explosive vocals, “Becoming The Gunship,” like much of the album, deals with Thorburn’s feelings on death and defeat. Listen to it below.
 

 
Tracklist fo Ski Mask:
01. Wave Forms
02. Death Drive
03. Becoming the Gunship
04. Nil
05. Sad Middle
06. Hushed Tones
07. Here Here
08. Shotgun Vision
09. Of Corpse
10. We’ll Do It So You Don’t Have To
11. Winged Beat Drums
 
Islands Tour Dates:
09/18 – Visalia, CA – The Cellar Door
09/20 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project
09/21 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Media Club
09/22 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
09/24 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
09/25 – Santa Ana, CA – The Constellation Room
09/26 – Los Angeles, CA – Eagle Rock Center For The Arts
09/27 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
10/08 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
10/09 – Montreal, Quebec – Il Motore
10/10 – Toronto, Ontario – The Garrison
10/11 – Detroit, MI – The Loving Touch
10/12 – Madison, WI – Der Rathskeller
10/13 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
10/14 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
10/16 – Washington, DC – Empty Bottle
10/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
10/20 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom