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Islander cover R.E.M. for Covid-19 victims and NYC Low-Income Artist + Freelancer Relief Fund

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 9:22 AM (PST)

Islander are a band close to my heart and it was cool to learn today they’ve covered R.E.M., another of my favorite bands. They are one of the great live bands in the game right now and their cover of R.E.M.’s “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” is their first bit of music released since signing to Better Noise Music. The band took a break from writing their upcoming album to cover this timely track, in recognition of the worldwide pandemic and the toll it has taken on the Carvajal family. The band’s brothers, Mikey and Chris Carvajal, wanted to use the track to raise funds for a cause close to their (and their Aunt’s) hearts.

It’s interesting because I saw R.E.M. on the Monster tour and it was amazing how they made a big venue feel so intimate and personal. Interestingly enough, I saw Islander a few times and they have somehow made every show seem often more energetic and huge than headliners they are out with. Very different style of music in general, but both had or have the power to make any moment feel loaded with import.

The world is being hit hard by COVID-19. Our hearts especially go out to the NYC community and everyone struggling right now. Our Aunt/Tia Lolin is one of the many that have passed away because of this terrible virus. So this effort to raise funds is dedicated to her huge heart and love for her neighbors. She was always thinking of others before herself. In honor of Tia Lolin, a portion of proceeds from this track will go to the NYC Low-Income Artist + Freelancer Relief Fund to support the artists and freelancers that are struggling in her hometown of NYC. We love you, fellow artists. We love you, Tia Lolin. – Islander

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