Islander Premiere “What Do You Gotta Lose?” Music Video

Islander have premiered a new video for their latest single “What Do You Gotta Lose?.” Frontman Mikey Carvajal said the following about the clip:

“Filming the music video for ‘What Do You Gotta Lose?’ was an exhausting experience – physically and emotionally. We filmed it in a small church building in Georgia. The air conditioners weren’t working, so every few shots we all had to walk outside to get some air. In the video, I play a version of myself where I come back to life at my own funeral. I’m there to remind everyone to “seize the day” (yes, that’s a ‘Dead Poets Society’ reference.) It was really important for us to approach the concept of death in a way that was relatable, while also finding a bit of joy in the celebration of life. I believe this world isn’t our ‘forever home.’ However, while we are here we need to do the next thing that is in front of us. This song is a plea for anyone thinking about suicide to hold on. It’s not always easy being alive, but it’s worth it. Joy comes in the morning.”

Islander Premiere New Song “What Do You Gotta Lose?”

Islander have premiered a visualizer for their new song “What Do You Gotta Lose?.” You can check that out below:

Mikey Carvajal said the following about the song:

“‘What Do You Gotta Lose?’ is a song about hoping for a better tomorrow. I’ve personally dealt with suicidal thoughts in my life and I’ve met a lot of fans that have as well. If suicide could save our lives, we’d all have done that by now. It doesn’t. It only ends the possibility of it getting better. This song is a plea to anyone that hears it to hold on. Joy comes in the morning.”

The following was also said about the visualizer in an official press release:

“The band also released an accompanying artistic visual, produced by 12 Inch Media, featuring the stunning artwork imagery from John Wellman. In partnership with the mental health awareness non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms, the video points viewers to resources for anyone dealing with anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts.”

Chad Moses, Director of Outreach and Experience at To Write Love on Her Arms, added:

“This past year has taken so much away from so many people. It has stolen the chance to make memories, a sense of security, hugs, high-fives, and opportunities to be vulnerable. I think it’s going to take some time and some frequent reminders to recall the truth that we were never expected to get through life alone. Every day we wake up is an invitation to live in the presence of others — friends, family, counselors, co-workers; and no disease, circumstance, or challenge waives your right to personal connection. I hear that message so clearly in this new Islander track. Regardless of what you are walking through, there is a place for you here. You belong here, and you are in good company.”

Islander Premiere “The Outsider” Music Video

Islander have premiered a new video for their new song “The Outsider.” Frontman Mikey Carvajal commented:

“Growing up, I was attracted to the punk rock subculture because it didn’t push me away…The Outsider is a song for anyone that feels like an outcast. Anyone that is struggling to fit in… know that you are loved, you are beautiful, and you are always welcome at Islander’s table. Don’t ever forget that.”

Islander Recruit Professional Wrestler Sting For “Crazy Crazy World” Music Video

Islander have premiered a new video for their new song “Crazy Crazy World.” The clip features professional wrestler Sting and it can be seen below:

Singer Mikey Carvajal commented:

“‘Crazy Crazy World’ is a song that everyone can relate to in one way or another. I wrote the lyrics when I was struggling with depression, but it really is an anthem for the times we are all in right now. It’s not a heavy song musically, but this whole year has been heavy enough for everyone. We wanted to contrast the heaviness with something beautiful and relatable, especially considering no one can mosh or stage dive or anything that comes along with being an aggressive band right now. Since this next record is easily the heaviest album we’ve done to date, we wanted to switch it up.”

“The visual for this song stars the wrestling legend, Sting. He is my favorite wrestler of all time, and he’s one of the coolest people I’ve ever had the honor to know or work with. In the wrestling business, when you help someone’s career, it’s known as “putting someone over.” So I really can’t thank Sting enough for putting us over. It definitely feels like Islander has finally made it to main event with this track.”

In other news, Islander and Sting are also collaborating on a limited edition merch line, which they are calling “The Tag Team Collection.” That collection will be available soon.

Islander Premiere New Song “Freedom” Featuring AJ Channer (Fire From The Gods)

Islander have premiered a new song titled “Freedom.” This track features AJ Channer (Fire From The Gods) and a lyric video for it can be found below:

Islander’s Mikey Carvajal commented:

“I believe sometimes the things we call freedom enslave us. It’s easy to get caught up in our own vices or addictions. It’s important to constantly examine ourselves by asking, ‘Is this something I have control over… or are my own desires controlling me.’ Someone once said ‘freedom isn’t the freedom to do what we want – it’s the freedom to do what is right.’ That’s what I believe.”

Channer added:

“These days the idea of freedom has been completely misconstrued and manipulated. I am especially happy to feature on this song because freedom in the political sense might be the debate now, but freedom in the spiritual sense is somewhere that we need to focus more of our energy. I believe that’s what we are saying with this song.”

Islander Cover R.E.M.‘s “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”

Islander have released a cover of R.E.M.‘s “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).” The band recorded the track after sadly losing a family member to COVID-19. Proceeds from it will go towards the NYC Low-Income Artist + Freelancer Relief Fund.

Islander commented:

“The world is being hit hard by COVID-19. Our hearts especially go out to the NYC community and everyone struggling right now. Our Aunt/Tia Lolin is one of the many that have passed away because of this terrible virus. So this effort to raise funds is dedicated to her huge heart and love for her neighbors.

She was always thinking of others before herself. In honor of Tia Lolin, a portion of proceeds from this track will go to the NYC Low-Income Artist + Freelancer Relief Fund to support the artists and freelancers that are struggling in her hometown of NYC. We love you, fellow artists. We love you, Tia Lolin.”

Islander Announce Fall Dates With The Funeral Portrait & Dropout Kings

Islander have announced some fall shows with The Funeral Portrait and Dropout Kings. Here’s the dates:

10/30 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
11/01 Greenville, SC – Radio Room
11/02 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
11/03 Teaneck, NJ – Debonair Music Hall
11/05 Lafayette, IN – Lafayette Theater
11/08 Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
11/09 Lake Park, FL – Kraken Music Fest (Islander only)
11/10 Winter Park, FL – The Haven

Islander, Rivers Of Nihil, Inferi, Etc. Among Artists Chosen For Taco Bell’s Fall 2018 Feed The Beat Program

Taco Bell have revealed the next 100 bands that will be receiving $500 gift cards as part of their Feed The Beat program. This time around, Islander, Rivers Of Nihil, Inferi, Striker, Tyrant, Wolfheart, and more have been chosen.

[via The PRP]

Nonpoint & Islander Announce November Shows

Nonpoint and Islander will be playing a few shows together before their upcoming tour with P.O.D. Here’s the dates:

11/09 Merriam, KS – Aftershock Live
11/10 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th St
11/11 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep

Islander Premiere “My Friends” Music Video

Islander have premiered a new video for their new song “My Friends” feat. Eric Vanlerberghe (I Prevail). Frontman Mikey Carvajal commented:

“‘My Friends‘ is a fun song about the loyalty and integrity that comes with being a good friend. I don’t believe friendship is to be taken lightly. This song is an anthem for anyone that would truly lay down their life for a friend.”

[via Alternative Press]