REVIEW: Fatherson – I Am An Island

After touring the UK with the likes of Idlewild, Panic at the Disco! and Feeder, the time has finally come for Glaswegian indie power-pop band Fatherson to release their début album I Am An Island


Flitting between indie rock anthems, emotional heart bearing and concise musical ability, they are not a difficult band to understand or appreciate. Easily cast into the same net as fellow Scots Twin Atlantic on their more upbeat moments, it’s the emotional depth and apparent thought that distinguish the band into an entirely different beast.  Opening track I Am An Island being a prime example, opening with a slow and reflective section and veering into a large scale euphoric barrage of noise.


I Am An Island is out now via A Modern Way Records

Made up of 11 tracks, on first listen it becomes apparent that the album ebbs and flows in terms of both tempo and conventional single tracks, but only aids the experience of listening to the album the whole way through and move away from the iTunes pick and choose model. Ross Leightons vocals prove soft and soothing, with the rest of the band providing ample instrumentation aided by hard hitting production and delicately placed cello accompaniment.


Photo Credit Scott McClue

Stand-out tracks include new single I Like Not Knowing, with the final three tracks of James, Kiteers and Foreign Waters demonstrating all sides of the bands musical personalities with the final track feeling like a journey within itself peering in at just over ten minutes.

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This is not just a collection of songs; this is an album intended to be listened and most effective when listening to the whole way through. A perfect springboard to extend their career to heights that match the expansive landscape of their music, the extent of which we will just have to wait and see.

Review by Dan Earl


13.04.14 – Gullivers, Manchester (Tickets)

14.04.14 – Korova, Liverpool (Tickets)

15.04.14 – Thekla, Bristol (Tickets)

16.04.14 – Barfly, London (Tickets)

17.04.14 – Portland Arms, Cambridge (Tickets)

26.04.14 – Arches, Glasgow (Tickets)

If you like: Twin Atlantic, Idlewild, Superfood