The Broken Islands amalgamate elements of post-rock; shoegaze; trip-hop and any number of dark-wave permutations to come up with what might well be a genre in its own right. Weaving crashing guitars around delicate, zephyr-like vocals they effortlessly combine vast organic soundscapes to generate an other-worldly sonic experience.
If you do nothing else but listen to opener, Solid State on repeat ten times, you will have an album to rival most released in the previous 12 months. With Carpenter-esque synth depth charges, crying guitars and the beautiful siren call vocals, it does remind one somewhat of the other Canadian troopers, Arcade Fire’s early work. At any one time it sounds like there might be thirty people in the band, yet there’s not an ounce of fat on the tracks, neither are they pompously self-indulgence. Sonic News - UK
"From the rainy remoteness of Vancouver come Broken Islands, who combine the ruggedness and starkness of their surroundings with an intensity and burning rage which results in one of the most arresting debuts in the last twelve months.....Broken Islands, with one track alone, can remind you what music can be and what power it holds. You can explore the album for further enlightenment for yourselves – no spoilers" Indie Biscuts -Wales, UK
"Wars is a staggeringly accomplished album, from the jauntily robotic No-One Left to Kill, which sounds like Morcheeba with murder on their mind; the devastating majesty of Crown, to the soaring, chiming peaks of El Dorado, they are a band who challenge convention and expectation, weaving crashing guitars around delicate, zephyr-like vocals and who can effortlessly combine vast organic soundscapes with yesterday’s sound of the future. Packed with emotion, malevolence, tenderness, and paradoxes, The Broken Islands are the band that offers hope to a rock scene devoid of intelligence and true drama." Jammerzine -Chicago, USA
"The Broken Island are a Vancouver based band that have a multi genre that create their own unique sound with a variety of genre’s including post-rock; shoegaze; trip-hop and dark wave. The new album takes you on a whirlwind which has beats that make you dance and vocals that gives it that extra special sound. Sang with with so much professionalism and one that you wont have off repeat." Music of the Future -London, UK
"In a world of musical conformity – nay, let’s be honest: atrocities even – clogging the media as dreadful people are bigged up as the next big thing by doing precisely nothing of worth, it’s always a joy to hear something new that is genuinely musically impressive. Vancouver band The Broken Islands come as a real breath of fresh air with their new album Wars, which collects together a selection of emotive, drivingly passionate songs that, in a sane world, would push them to the top of the musical tree." Reprobate Magazine - UK
Album "WARS" 2017