Italian Japanese unveil new single
San Diego rock outfit Italian Japanese are pleased to unveil their new single “Two Islands” which you can
download for free thanks to our friends at RCRD LBL. Frontman Allen Nicholas says of the track: “It’s a
relationship song about being in love with someone and then realizing that you’re basically living on two different islands and there’s no way this is going to work. It’s coming to the realization that this person that you want to be with, it’s impossible, it’s just not going to work out.”
Download “Two Islands” here courtesy of RCRD LBL.
Fans of soaring guitars and mesmerizing shoegaze anthems should be thankful. Looking back just a few years, it’s possible Allen Nicholas might never have returned to music. Much like his bandmates in the San Diego indie-rock quintet Italian Japanese, music had fallen from Nicholas’ good graces back then and he found himself lingering on a hiatus that was looking increasingly permanent. All that touring, pouring his every effort into his pervious bands, he was just kind of done with it all and ready to move on. But, as it often does, inspiration stepped in to guide Nicolas back again, first to recording a few songs on his own as sort of a creative cleanse and then to assembling a band based off his friends’ outstanding responses. Soon, Italian Japanese was formed with the vigor of an artistic resurrection.
Along with his bandmates — guitarists Chris McLaughlin and Sean Rodriguez, drummer Justin Greene and
bassist Joaquin Develasco — Nicholas defined the new project as an all-American band built on pounding
rhythms, dynamic guitar work and fully charged vocals reminiscent of the ’80s and ’90s most solid rock and roll.Through the songs, tales of the road and romance erupt with the challenge that comes in facing new conflicts and the comfort of finding your way through them. “I just hope down the line our songs can be something that people relate with a certain time or place with nostalgia,” says Nicholas. “Whether it’s happy or sad, to have that kind of effect on somebody is amazing.”