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- Posted on Oct 16th 2009 11:30AM by Garin Pirnia
The first half of the set was entirely comprised of 'Vapours' material, including 'Switched On,' 'No You Don't,' 'Disarming the Car Bomb' and 'Tender Torture.' Lead singer Nick Diamonds wore sparkly MJ-inspired gloves as he maneuvered from playing the guitar to synths throughout the performance.
When Diamonds and company played Chicago last summer, they brought a larger orchestra and allowed audience members to jump onstage and dance. This time around, things were much more subdued at the smaller intimate venue. Fans behaved themselves and simply bobbed their heads along to the beats. Islands waited until near the end of the set to break from new material when they forayed into 'Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby' from 'Sea' but went back to 'Vapours' with the wistful and nostalgic 'On Foreigners.' The title track from 'The Arm' came next along with the last song of the regular set, the snare friendly 'Everything's Under Control.'
During a two song encore, Islands played 'Rough Gem,' inducing sporadic clapping both from Diamonds and the young crowd. After playing synths on 'Rough Gem,' Diamonds went back to the guitar and told the energetic fans to go home, but not before playing swan song 'Swans (Life Before Death),' a nine-minute epic track from 'Sea.' The song began with ghostly Theremin-like noises and later evolved into a full-blown rock session. Finally, it was time to go home.