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Early praise for Island of Love: 

It sounds like a million bucks, smashing together J Mascis-style fuzz and hooks straight out of Robert Pollard’s dog-eared playbook. - The Guaridan 

“[‘Grow’ / ‘Blues 2000’] display a clear love of all things Hüsker Dü/Dinosaur Jr et al while still retaining a youthful vigor and sense of attack.” - The FADER

“‘It’s poppy and scrappy in equal measure, like a Lemonheads song on the brink of being consumed by noise.” - Stereogum on “I’ve Got The Secret”

"The intentionally loud, intentionally lo-fi rumbly rock of London's Island Of Love will immediately zip you to the sweat-dripped venues of the '90s." - NYLON on “Fed Rock”


"Island of Love are bringing back two great rock pastimes: guitar pyrotechnics and shit-talking... the verses and chorus rips, and at the bridge, Island of Love let their eloquent guitars do the talking." - Consequence on “Fed Rock”


"a machine gun of post-punk grandiosity. Frontman Karim Newble’s vocals carry the track with riotous glory." - Paste on “Fed Rock”


"Guitar fireworks are prevalent throughout both of these catchy and interconnected indie rock jams." - Brooklyn Vegan on “Grow” / “Blues 2000”


With early support from the likes of Pitchfork, The Fader, Stereogum, NME, Consequence, Brooklyn Vegan, Dork, BBC Radio 1 & 6 Music, NYLON, Paste and more, UK’s Island of Love share their explosive self-titled debut album today. Stream, download or purchase the album now HERE.

In September 2021, Island of Love – Karim Newble on guitars/vocals, Linus Munch on guitars/vocals and Daniel Giraldo on bass –were invited to perform at the grand opening of Third Man’s The Blue Basement. It’s a good thing Island of Love showed up to the gig at all, given that the band didn’t even think the email invitation they received to play was real. That very real and not-spam offer during the band’s cigarette break not only led to their on-the-spot label signing, but to opening slots for Jack White, and now their exhilarating debut. Island of Love is a ferocious and bone-shakingly loud album that marries raw, primal noise led by crunchy guitars with intrinsically melodic sensibilities, and recalls the sound and spirit of peak-era Dinosaur Jr. or Husker Dü. With influences from the band’s start in the London hardcore punk scene and their DIY community roots, the album is elevated by the shared vocal and songwriting duties of Newble and Munch. Produced by Fuzzbrain’s Ben Spence and engineered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Jeff Rosenstock, Joyce Manor), Island of Love is an album full of songs that pinball back and forth between tones and styles, and make up one of the most refreshing and fun debut albums you’ll hear in 2023. 

Watch Grow/Blues 2000 (Official Music Video)

Watch I've Got The Secret (Official Video)

Watch Fed Rock (Official Music Video)


  1. Big Whale
  2. Fed Rock
  3. Grow
  4. Blues 2000
  5. Sweet Loaf
  6. I've Got The Secret
  7. Losing Streak
  8. Weekend At Clive's
  9. Charles
  10. Never Understand
  11. It Was All OK Forever


Tour dates

May 13th - Rough Trade East - London, UK

May 15th - Rough Trade Nottingham - Nottingham, UK

June 29th - The Lexington - London, UK - with Hotline TNT


More on Island of Love:

The members of Island of Love met via the London hardcore punk scene while playing in other bands, such as Newble’s Powerplant, sharing bills with the likes of Chubby and the Gang and High Vis. They booked their own shows, printed their own merch, designed their very distinct artwork, self-released their music and recorded at Fuzzbrain, a studio in East London that’s dedicated to fostering the underground music community by making high-quality studio and rehearsal space accessible to artists at all price points. 

So, when they set about making their debut album for Third Man they wanted to carry over as much of that DIY spirit as possible by continuing their relationship with producer Ben Spence and Fuzzbrain studios. Spence, a fellow working class London kid, has been crucial in fostering a vibrant community and thriving scene around his East London studio by creating a studio with built-in equipment and offering free sessions and rehearsal time for musicians under 25 years-old. That’s how Island of Love were able to record their early demos. Spence, Fuzzbrain, and the community it has spawned, have proven invaluable to them.  “Growing up I couldn't afford equipment,” says Newble. “But Fuzzbrain was this space where you could go to practice and use insane equipment. We never had to bring guitars, pedals or leads. You could just show up and plug in. We would have struggled to be a band without that place.” Giraldo added, “It's very much [Spence’s] record as much as it is ours.”

Island of Love released their debut collection of demos, Promo Tape, in 2020. By the time of 2022’s EP Songs of Love they had solidified even tighter as a unit. “Promo Tape was us trying to learn to write songs individually but Songs of Love was us trying to learn to write songs as a band,” says Newble. But the leap from EP to LP is even bolder and larger. “What we've done on this album is much more of an accurate representation of us and where we're at,” says Giraldo. “The EP sounds good but the difference on the album is huge.” Giraldo is correct. The LP has production that is bright, punchy, crunchy and allows the songs to positively shine. 

For a debut album, and a band so young, there is a great deal of restraint and consideration to be heard. It’s an album that is loud and noisy but also filled with push-pull dynamics that results in moments of tenderness and quiet that then elevates the crunch and power of noisier parts. “The album shows the balance of it being written in bedrooms but being honed in live shows,” says Munch. “It captures a contrast.” And that is perhaps the description that best encapsulates this album. A record that explores duality, balance and contrast; a place where grizzly teeth-rattling noise and explode like fireworks one moment before gliding seamlessly into melody-laced sugary pop hooks and the kind of considered songwriting that truly belies their age. “This album exceeded our expectations,” says Newble. “I’m really proud of it.”


Island Of Love are:


Karim Newble - guitars, vocals

Linus Munch - guitars, vocals

Daniel Alvarez Giraldo - bass