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]

Islander Kicked Off 2018 Vans Warped Tour

It looks like Islander have been kicked off the Vans Warped Tour’s final cross-country run after only playing one show. The band confirmed the news in the below video saying they were removed from the trek due to frontman Mikey Carvajal damaging a backline drum set by jumping into it. The group were originally set to perform from July 1 through July 8.

Islander Added To Butcher Babies, Nonpoint, Etc. Tour

With Cane Hill having dropped off, Islander have been added to Butcher Babies and Nonpoint’s co-headlining tour with Sumo Cyco. The group will join the trek on May 14.

Tour Dates:

05/12 Ringle, WI – Q & Z Expo Center (no Butcher Babies)
05/13 Battle Creek, MI – Music Factory (no Butcher Babies)
05/14 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/15 Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
05/16 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
05/17 Traverse City, MI – Ground Zero
05/18 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
05/20 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
05/22 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
05/23 Toledo, OH – Civic Music Hall
05/24 Knoxville, TN – The International (feat. 10 Years) (no Islander/Sumo Cyco)
05/25 Memphis, TN – New Daisy (no Nonpoint)
05/25 Clarksville, TN – O’Connors (Nonpoint only) (feat. Shaman’s Harvest)
05/28 New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
05/29 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
05/30 Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
05/31 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Ballroom
06/04 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live
06/05 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
06/06 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
06/07 Billings, MT – Pub Station
06/08 Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
06/10 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
06/11 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
06/12 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
06/14 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
06/15 Mesa, AZ – Club Red