Some groups flare up then burn out, and afterwards it's not quite clear what will emerge from the ashes. Will it be a phoenix, or a turkey? Time to find out...
Islands (Ex-Unicorns)City: New York
Venue: The Knitting Factory
PopMatters Associate Events Editor
Witnessing the reincarnation of a favorite band always comes with a certain amount of risk. Some groups flare up, then burn out at an awesome rate, and afterwards it's not quite clear what will emerge from the ashes. Will it be a phoenix, or a turkey? And so I nervously prepared myself for the first New York performance by Islands, two-thirds of the phenomenally creative and criminally short-lived indie-pop trio the Unicorns. Who knew quite what to expect from a pair whose first post-Unicorns project was a hip-hop group called Th' Corn Gangg? With Islands' album, Return To The Sea, not due out until March (and only in Europe, so far) there was no way of predicting their sound.