Inland Isle - Time Has Changed Us
“Rich heartland rock, folk harmonies, and anthemic vocal hooks…The band brings together the moving drama and storytelling of folk with a rootsy rock style, while the songs themselves have a wintery beauty from the band’s rich four-part vocal harmonies.” – Under the Radar
“Charming and evocative, intimate and energizing, ‘Time Has Changed Us‘ soars as a beacon of uplifting sound ready to shine a light on our woes and elevate our days.” – Atwood
“A big Laurel Canyon sound…that takes snippets of Jackson Browne, Dawes and the jangle of The Gin Blossoms into a folk-indie-rock winner.” – Glide
“This is the kind of band that you hear in the bar next door and you think…alright, I need to go see them.” – Ear to the Ground
Emerging from the mountain town of Jackson, Wyoming, Inland Isle is a new indie folk-rock band whose members were bound to find each other in a small – but surprisingly deep – music scene. On their eight-song debut album, Time Has Changed Us, Inland Isle reckons with the aftermath of upheaval in America and its effects on relationships, community and livelihoods.
Set in dramatic, dirty rock landscapes tinged with psychedelia, the songs are anchored by accessible hooks and the introspective lyrics crooned by songwriter-guitarist Pat Chadwick atop lush vocal harmonies.
“Grieving for our country/Lost sight of my home/My hands left your side/To fumble with my phone/Little tragedies I didn’t need to know,” Chadwick sings about a politically altered relationship on the moving title track.
Frequently confused as brothers at shows, Chadwick and lead guitarist Dusty Nichols both grew up in Massachusetts – and even lived in the same Boston-area neighborhood in their 20s – but never met until moving 2,300 miles away to secluded Jackson Hole. The two had individually earned nods from the likes of Paste magazine and NPR for their songwriting in prior bands. After those projects became dormant, this collaboration became a natural fit in the spring of 2019.
The Inland Isle lineup is rounded out by frequent collaborator and prolific musician Leif Routman as bassist, and Shawn Fleming, an intuitive drummer with industry engineering experience in LA and Portland, OR.
Inland Isle quickly built its rapport by working out four-part harmonies at weekly vocal-only gatherings, trading out their instruments for copious amounts of wine. Those harmonies quickly became an indispensable part of their sound. Recorded in a Montana cabin, Time Has Changed Us was engineered and produced by Fleming and mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, The Shins).
With members now spending time in Portland and Boise, ID, Inland Isle is already building a fanbase across the Mountain West and Pacific Northwest. The group will be featured at Boise’s Treefort Music Fest in September 2021, and will be playing regional shows throughout this summer and fall.