THE ISLAS, “The Absence Of You”
Even if it doesn’t hit you from the first verse, by the time you’re well into “The Absence Of You” by Norwich, England quartet The Islas you’ll be wanting to hear more. With obvious inspiration from The Killers, Paul Weller/The Jam, and Keane, The Islas go hand-in-hand with the new breed of rocker coming out of England led by talents like James Bay or Sam Fender. “The Absence Of You” has a lot of older school about it too though – it takes me back to the early 90’s with music of The La’s, The Railway Children, and Material Issue, fabulous melodic pop/rock that was nearly drummed out of existence by the burgeoning grunge scene. “The Absence Of You” will definitely get any crowd going, and Islas lead vocalist Nathan Baverstock has a voice to make some hearts flutter in a Brandon Flowers way while taking total command of the song. The music is tight and energetic, and there’s not much else you can ask for in a rock song these days.