Aileen is the latest single released by hotly anticipated Norfolk quartet The Islas. Branded four guys who have the ability to steal anyone’s heart by This Is Noise, The Islas have gone from strength to strength. Frontman Nathan Baverstock and lead guitarist Ross Allen first met studying a Level 3 Performance Musician course at their local Access To Music college in their late teens. New additions in the form of drummer, Ed Chalu and bassist, Granger Wittering completed the lineup.
The Islas recorded their debut EP from Chalu’s Garage. After spending the majority of autumn 2017 writing and experimenting with new sounds, ‘A Generation To Forget’ was born. The eponymous single reached moderate success with consistent radio play from BBC Introducing in Norfolk and reached the local music scene forcefully - with support slots for Fickle Friends, Anteros, Louis Berry, Cast and The Amazons coming shortly after the release. The single was shortly joined by three singles that were all recorded in Chalu’s garage with no third party help, completing the ‘A Generation To Forget’ EP. One Unique Blog hailed “This Norfolk power band have written, recorded and mastered successfully ambitious EP. Somewhere In Between especially is a credit to this hard working band and The Islas are a credit to our local music scene”. Music Blog 42 had this to say, “Current, relevant and totally engrossing from the off, The Islas are bravely exploring themes that are so important in today’s society.”
After heading up north to record with production team Sugar House, The Islas are set to release Aileen. Aileen’s lyrical edge gives it another layer of character. Written about the notorious 80’s serial killer Aileen Wuornos’s estranged love affair with Tyria Moore, Baverstock reflects, “I remember writing Aileen, I had this little riff that I’d sing along to and I recall the words in my head, the ‘So Silly Aileen’. I read about Aileen through Wikipedia one day. I read about her life and the horrors she went through and also the murders she committed. Along the page there was a paragraph about Tyria Moore, her girlfriend. I thought how could you love someone so evil? But then that feeling became mixed, it’s in its own way beautiful. Hauntingly beautiful”.
'Aileen' is now available on all major platforms. To listen now click H E R E.
“Aileen is a carefully mastered track that captures the beautifully dangerous relationship between Tyria Moore and Aileen Wuornos. Drums and guitars that compliment each other in the most bashful way tell a story of the love. The Islas have created a gracefully woven song that really encapsulates the strange affection between Tyria and Aileen” - Sophie | One Unique Blog
“Aileen is an incredible track, had it on repeat for hours- The Islas really are Norwich’s ones to watch” - Justine Pendrill Blog | @justinependrill
“A massive indie anthem with a guitar riff that’ll get stuck in your head for days and days. It’s a professional mix of a song with an organic feel that will sound huge on gig nights, performed by a tight-knit band that know what they’re doing” - Sam Day | BBC Introducing in Norfolk