Bands to Watch #204: Islington Boys Club

By on Friday, 4th March 2011 at 12:00 pm

Lately I have discovered a lot of fab London-based acts, and the quartet Islington Boys Club are on my list of great discoveries. They are a four-piece consisting of Andy Lovelee, Daniel Silvester Taylor-Lind, Drew J. Kennedy and Ed Pearson. This band’s name reminds me of the famous Salford Lads Club, although bassist Drew has denied that they are at all associated. The band members initially met through mutual friends through the London music scene. Since then, they’ve played with O.Children and Dark Horses and have gained quite a following.

Upon hearing only the intro of their track ‘Plastic 16’, I already knew I was in love. The immense amount of power that this band gives is easily felt through the thumping drum beats that opens the song. This song has been released alongside ‘Pristine’ as a double A-sided single; ‘Pristine’ has a rather retro feeling (watch the video for it below). Yet the sure-to-be-iconic guitar riffs running through it bring a relatively modern twist to it.


And with such a defining and glamourous frontman, Islington Boys’ Club are not a band that will be easily forgotten. They will be playing a few shows in England in the coming days. Catch them playing in your town (on the below dates, they are supporting Ulterior).

Wednesday 9th March 2011 – London Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen
Thursday 10th March 2011 – Brighton Hope
Friday 11th March 2011 – Leeds Common Place
Sunday 13th March 2011 – Nottingham Bodega

The ‘Plastic 16’ / ‘Pristine’ double A-sided single was released on Club. The. Mammoth and is available now on 7″ here and on iTunes.

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