Islander (band)

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Islander live performance visible from left to right: Andrew Murphy, Mikey Carvajal, Eric Frazier and Chris Doot
Background information
Origin Greenville, South Carolina
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Labels Victory
Website Islander on Facebook
Members Mikey Carvajal
J.R. Bareis
Ezekiel Vasquez
Arin Ilejay
Past members Andrew Murphy
Chris Doot
Eric Frazier

Islander is an American nu metal band from Greenville, South Carolina, founded in 2011. The group signed with Victory Records and have released two EPs, Side Effects of Youth (2012) and Pains. (2013), and a studio album, Violence & Destruction (2014). The album Power Under Control was released in 2016 with the band's new line-up.


The members of Islander hail from Greenville, South Carolina,[1][2] and have been playing together since 2006; they broke up for a few years, and got together under the name Islander in 2011.[3][4][5]

Islander vocalist Mikey Carvajal is a participant in the non-profit outreach organization known as The Whosoevers. Some members of the organization include Brian "Head" Welch and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu of Korn, Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D., Lacey Sturm formerly of Flyleaf, and motivational speaker Ryan Ries.[6]

On June 17, 2016, the band released a new song, titled "Darkness", with the lineup of J.R. Bareis (Love & Death) on Guitar, Ezekiel Vasquez (ex-ForeverAtLast) on Bass, and Arin Ilejay (ex-Confide, ex-Avenged Sevenfold) on Drums.[7] The new song, and album Power Under Control, indicated a mixture on Nu-metal, emo, punk rock and alternative metal.[7] On June 20, 2016, the band released "Bad Guy" from the upcoming Power Under Control, which will be released through the band's label Victory Records on August 5th, 2016.[8] On August 4, 2016, Alternative Press put out a stream for Islander's Power Under Control, the album to be released through Victory and produced by Cameron Webb, who also produced Violence & Destruction, at NRG Studios.[9]


Victory Records signed the band in September 2013, and soon released their first EP, Pains.[1] Their first studio album, Violence & Destruction, was released the next year.[10] The music's material was generally well received by critics,[10][11] as the first single off the Violence & Destruction, entitled "Coconut Dracula", has since been a very successful active rock radio hit, as it hit number 23 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. On January 13 the band released a music video for the track "New Wave", the highly anticipated follow-up to the "Coconut Dracula" music video, which premiered exclusively on Billboard.[12]

The band has received support from many big names within the music community. Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. said "New school band with old school soul and passion. Keep your eyes and ears open for these guys!".[13] Brian "Head" Welch of Korn and Love and Death tweeted "A new, unique, sick band with a CD full of great songs. You won’t regret getting Islander."[14] Lacey Sturm of the band Flyleaf tweeted a picture of Violence & Destruction stating it was her "New Favorite Music".[15]


The group has toured with the Mayhem Festival 2014 tour including label acts Emmure, Ill Niño and Wretched in the summer of 2014, followed by tours with Otherwise, Nonpoint and Pop Evil in the fall.[16] Islander began a U.S. tour with Papa Roach, Seether and Kyng in early January 2015, extending until early February, after which they will be playing spring/summer festivals such as Carolina Rebellion, Rock on the Range, and Welcome to Rockville with artists such as Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Korn and Linkin Park.[17][18][19][20]


Their music is similar to the Deftones, Glassjaw, Korn, Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit, Mudvayne, P.O.D., and Rage Against the Machine because musically it is alternative metal and rap metal, all the while, having a nu metal sound featuring the subsets alternative rock, hard rock, punk rock, and post-hardcore.[5][10][11][21][22][23][24][25][26][7] Chino Moreno, Daryl Palumbo, Jonathan Davis, Fred Durst, Chad Gray, Sonny Sandoval, Zack de la Rocha are cited as vocal similarities to Carvajal.[5][10][11][21][23][24][26]

Band members[edit]




Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label
2014 Violence & Destruction Victory
2016 Power Under Control Victory


Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Coconut Dracula" 2014 23 Violence & Destruction
"New Wave" 2015 22
"Cold Speak" 25
"Bad Guy" 2016 28 Power Under Control

Music Videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"Coconut Dracula" 2014 Eric Ritcher
"New Wave" 2015
"Bad Guy" 2016 Dustin Smith
Better Day 2017 Nathan Mowery


  1. ^ a b Davis, Angelia (September 30, 2013). "Greenville-based Islander band signs contract with Victory Records". The Greenville News. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Islander". Victory Records. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Rockstar Mayhem Festival Preview: Islander". Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ Bromley, Brianna (November 13, 2013). "New Christian Rock Band, "Islander", Album and Tour Dates: 2014 New Album Release with Victory Records". Breathecast. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Bromley, Brianna (November 15, 2013). "Islander Live Interview: 2013 Album, "Close Your Eyes" Tour, and 2014 Album Release Date". Breathecast. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ Erickson, Anne. "Mayhem Festival Discovery: Islander, 'Coconut Dracula'". Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c Wiederhorn, Jon (June 17, 2016). "How Members of Korn, Bad Brains, A7X Helped Islander Find New Power". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 17, 2016. 
  8. ^ Childers, Chad (June 20, 2016). "Islander, "Bad Guy" - Exclusive Video Premiere". Loudwire. Retrieved June 20, 2016. 
  9. ^ Kraus, Brian (August 4, 2016). "Stream the New Islander album Power Under Control – exclusive". Alternative Press. Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c d Weaver, Michael (July 8, 2014). "Islander, "Violence & Destruction" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c Schreurs, Jason (July 9, 2014). "Islander - Violence & Destruction". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Islander Premieres Video For 'New Wave' on Victory Records: Exclusive Premiere - Billboard". Billboard. 
  13. ^ "Victory Records Welcomes ISLANDER – Victory Press Center". 
  14. ^ "Brian Welch on Twitter: "U want a new, unique, sick band with a CD full of great songs? - not 1 bad song! You won't regret getting ISLANDER @victoryrecords"". 
  15. ^ "Lacey Sturm on Twitter: "New favorite Music 💘"". 
  16. ^ "Islander Tour Dates". October 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Papa Roach + Seether Announce Co-Headlining 2015 U.S. Tour". 
  18. ^ "Slipknot, Motionless In White, Of Mice & Men, more announced for Welcome To Rockville". 
  19. ^ "Carolina Rebellion Lineup Announced". 
  20. ^ "Rock on the Range Announces Headliners and Ticket Pre-Sale". 
  21. ^ a b Houston, Rob (June 3, 2014). "Islander – Violence and Destruction". HM Magazine. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  22. ^ Bowar, Chad (July 8, 2014). "New Heavy Metal Album Reviews: Week of July 8, 2014". Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  23. ^ a b Sciarretto, Amy (2014). "Islander: Violence & Destruction". Outburn. Octavia Laird and Rodney Kusano (75): 61. ISSN 1542-1309. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  24. ^ a b Dodderidge, Tim (July 10, 2014). "REVIEW: Islander – 'Violence & Destruction'". Substream Magazine. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  25. ^ Twelvetribes230, ReAnimator, ReAnimator. "Islander reviews, music, news". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  26. ^ a b Frost, Paula (July 2014). "Islander: Violence and Destruction". Big Cheese. Big Cheese Publishing Ltd. (169): 89. ISSN 1365-358X. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  27. ^ Islander. "Violence And Destruction". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved July 25, 2014.  Work ID No. 886553664 and ISWC No. T9138734982
  28. ^ "Islander – Chart History: Mainstream Rock Tracks". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 

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