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Music video by Rihanna performing Rehab. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 19591123. (C) 2007 The Island Def Jam Music Group.
The adorable 4-year-old crooner was back to put the moves on our host, and to make everybody in the audience melt. This kid is too adorable!
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Music video by Rihanna performing Pon de Replay. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 4166822. (C) 2005 The Island Def Jam Music Group.
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|Origin||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Genres||Indie rock, indie pop, art rock|
|Labels||ANTI-, Rough Trade, Tomlab|
|Associated acts||The Unicorns, Th' Corn Gangg, Small Is Beautiful, Juiced Elfers, Human Highway, Sister Suvi, The Magic, Mister Heavenly|
|Past members||Jim Guthrie
Return to the Sea 
In mid-2005 Islands recorded a debut album titled Return to the Sea, which was released in April 2006. The album was recorded in Montreal, Canada, at Breakglass Studio and in Jamie Thompson's bedroom, and was produced by audio engineer/record producer Mark Lawson.
Return to the Sea was re-mastered in England for the European version of the album, and was released there by Rough Trade Records on April 3, 2006. In North America, the album was released on the upstart label Equator Records on April 4, 2006. The cover of the album is one of Caspar David Friedrich's famous paintings, The Wreck of the Hope.
The album features numerous guest appearances, including members of Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade. Two songs, "Flesh" and "Abominable Snow", were released to the public through The Simple Mission in June 2004, though neither appeared on the debut album. "Abominable Snow" had begun life as a song performed live by the Unicorns prior to their breakup.
Return to the Sea has been described by Nick as having "some dancehall influences, some calypso... It's more diverse and sprawling and ambitious", and is "A bit more mature than The Unicorns... More of a Neil Young / Brian Wilson vibe running through it." 
The band played various shows around the US and Canada throughout mid-late 2005, followed by an opening slot for Metric on their early 2006 tour. After Return to the Sea was released in April 2006, the band embarked on their first full headlining tour, playing small clubs around the US and Canada throughout May. They were joined by Cadence Weapon and Why? on the first half of the tour, and Cadence Weapon and Busdriver on the second. The band generally received critical acclaim for their live shows, which sometimes ended with the band leading the audience out of the venue "pied piper style" and onto the surrounding streets.
Positions in Islands consist of Nicholas Thorburn (main vocals, synthesizer, guitar), Aaron Harris (drums), Sebastian Chow (xylophone, violin), Alex Chow (synthesizer, violin), Patrick Gregoire (guitar, bass clarinet) and Patrice Agbokou (bass guitar).
Jamie Thompson's departure/European Tour 
On May 28, 2006, it was announced that Thompson would be leaving the band. He stated, "I'm just not sure that being in a successful band is all that important to me anymore. I'm not leaving because of any problems with people in the band. It's very hard to do this, Nick and I have been creating together for quite a long time now... our relationship, both creative and personal is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life." Of Islands' future he said, "I think Islands is one of the best, if not the best band out there these days, and I have every confidence that they will do incredibly well." This quote was displayed on the band's website for a short time, before being taken down. Islands decided to continue on without Thompson, and a European tour was scheduled, and further recordings confirmed.
Diamonds commented upon Thompson's departure, saying "Jamie has left Islands, but the band waltzes on! We wish Jamie the best in his new life. Islands are forever."
The band stayed relatively quiet in early and mid June following Jamie's departure from the band. However, in late June, with the European tour just weeks away, the band made two surprise appearances in Montreal, performing with a strikingly new lineup featuring new drummer Aaron Harris and new vocalist/violinist/percussionist Kate Perkins. Former touring guitarist Jim Guthrie was also noticeably absent from the band's roster. In 2006 the band did a Take-Away Show session with Vincent Moon.
The band departed for Europe the following week.
Despite his departure from the band he was seen backstage with Islands playing the tambourine at the 2008 Coachella Festival.
Arm's Way 
Following their European tour, Islands toured Iceland, the United States and Canada premiering several songs from their new album including: "The Arm", "Kids", and "We Swim". Throughout their tour, it was not unusual to hear various cover songs such as the Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset" and Sinéad O'Connor's "Red Football". In interviews around this time members of the band were quoted as saying that the next album would be 'heavier,' with Nick listening to a lot of T.Rex.
In a Pitchfork Media interview, Diamonds talked about future recording: "Yeah, we're thinking January or February. I've got high hopes for a producer...This guy Jeff Lynne. He was in ELO and the Traveling Wilburys. He also did a George Harrison song that's one of my favorites, "Got My Mind Set on You". It's got the most amazing production. He gets such great sounds and vocals. Just the sound of the guitar and the drums is a perfect pop sound. I really want this record to be a good, good pop record." Diamonds later said that he was reconsidering this choice.
As well, on January 6, 2007, Diamonds posted on the band's website that he and the band would enter the studio and begin recording a new album in February. He stated that the album was already being planned out and specifically that the track list and title was picked out. Additionally, he said that he was dropping the "Diamonds" from his name and that he would be using his original name surname Thorburn from then on.
In January 2008, the band announced a short six date UK tour in February, playing shows in Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham, Brighton, Cambridge and London.
Islands' follow-up, Arm's Way would leak to various BitTorrent and file-sharing sites on April 11, 2008. The album would then be officially released on May 20, 2008, featuring a more anthematistical sound to its tracks than had previously been heard by people listening to a playback of their debut. In addition, the album featured a song entitled "Abominable Snow" previously performed live by Nick Thorburn's former band The Unicorns.
As of June 19, 2009, it was confirmed that Jamie Thompson had returned to Islands. Thompson's return was part of a huge band lineup overhaul in which every member save for Thorburn left the group. Thompson joined Evan Gordon and Geordie Gordon as the members of Islands' new lineup alongside Thorburn. The third Islands album, Vapours, was released September 22, 2009.
After Vapours was released, the band began an extensive North American tour, often featuring artists Jemina Pearl and Toro Y Moi. During the spring of 2010, Islands toured Europe, playing shows in Northern and Western Europe throughout March and April.
In an interview with Exclaim!, Nick Thorburn explained how he likes to try new things, which is why he dismantled the line-up from Arm's Way to create an all-new line-up for Vapours. He remarked "That's important to me ― to be able to constantly try new things. That's why this record's largely informed by electronic stuff like drum machines, sequencing, and programming, which really scales it back from the last record." 
Jamie Thompson once again left the band prior to the summer 2010 tour. He was again replaced with drummer Aaron Harris. No reason for his departure has been officially announced.
A Sleep & a Forgetting 
Nick Thorburn has made an album with Man Man's Honus called Out of Love: "One thing that has been floated around is Honus from Man Man and I making a record in a new (sub)genre we are developing, called Doom Wop, which is essentially low frequency, and extremely slowed down music atop traditional doo wop harmonies. Or something."
On October 25 it was announced on the Anti-Records blog that a new Islands record A Sleep & a Forgetting had been recorded and will be released on February 14, 2012. “This album is far more personal than any I’ve made before,” Thorburn explains. “I left New York after the end of a relationship and came to Los Angeles. There was a piano where I was staying and that’s where I wrote these songs. This record deals with loss, with memory and forgetting and with dreaming. I started writing it on Valentine’s Day and it’s coming out on Valentine’s Day.” The album's title is a reference to the line "Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting" (line 59) of William Wordsworth's "Ode: Intimations of Immortality, which also deals with a meditation on the themes of loss, memory, and forgetting. A Sleep and A Forgetting is also the title of a William Dean Howells novella
After Jamie Thompson's second departure and Aaron Harris's brief return for a tour, Nick Thorburn invited drummer Luc Laurent to record "A Sleep & A Forgetting." Laurent became a member of Islands in November 2011 after his band Pepper Rabbit broke up.
- Evan Gordon
- Geordie Gordon
- Luc Laurent
- Nicholas Thorburn
- Aaron Harris
- Patrice Agbokou
- Sebastian Chow
- Alexander Chow
- Mike Feuerstack
- Patrick Gregoire
- Jim Guthrie
- Kate Perkins
- Jamie Thompson (2005–2006), (2009–2010)
|2006||"Rough Gem"||Return to the Sea|
|2006||"Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby"||Return to the Sea|
|2007||"Dnttakemy Wingzz Away"||Tomlab Alphabet Series -S-|
|2008||"The Arm"||Arm's Way|
Studio albums 
|2006||Return to the Sea||Equator Records|
|2012||A Sleep & a Forgetting||ANTI-|
TV Appearances 
Unreleased songs & Covers (played live) 
- "Come Into My Room" (aka "I Wanna Love That Little Child")
- "I'm Not Crazy"
- "We Love Giving In"
- "Be Someone Else"
- "Paradise City"
- "Divine" (Sébastien Tellier cover)
- "Cyanide Breath Mint" (Beck cover)
- "Hurry Up, Run" (Th' Corn Gangg cover)
- "Graceland" (Paul Simon cover)
- "Waterloo Sunset" (Kinks cover)
- "Monster Mash" (Bobby 'Boris' Pickett cover)
- "Joy" (Islands)
- "Red Football" (Sinéad O'Connor cover)
- "Big Bluff" (Rough Gem B-Side)
- "I Won't Share You" (The Smiths cover)
See also 
- Music of Canada
- Music of Quebec
- Canadian rock
- List of Canadian musicians
- List of bands from Canada
- Category:Canadian musical groups
- Jessica Suarez, "Ex-Unicorns Spill Guts About Breakup, New Band", Pitchfork Media, August 26, 2005.
- Googe, "Song of the Week, Overlooked Album, Meet Islands", Indie Rock Cafe, January 12, 2007.
- Amy Phillips, "J'Aime Tambeur Quits Islands", Pitchfork Media, May 30, 2006.
- Jessica Suarez, "Interview: Islands", Pitchfork Media, June 19, 2006.
- Phillips, Amy. Islands Reveal LP Cover, Tour Dates. Pitchfork Media, July 27, 2009
- Official website: Tour dates
- Islands in the Slipstream. Exclaim! magazine. September, 2009.
- Evan Weiss (2009-10-20). "The Arts Section: Islands Feature". The Arts Section. Retrieved 2009-10-20.
- John (2011-10-25). "Islands Announce New Album!". Islands Announce New Album!. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
- Islands Official Website
- Islands MySpace Page
- Pitchfork Media news article
- Secret Unicorns Forum Post break-up information of all The Unicorns related projects
- Interview from HateSomethingBeautiful
- Live Photos From Berlin, August 2006
- June 2008 Interview with L.A. Record
- Interview with Nick Thorburn from Drop-d.ie
- Acoustic Session with 'They Shoot Music - Don't They'
- Nick Diamonds of Islands performs new songs in June 2010 as a guest on Radio Happy Hour