"In the end, the music that EP Island make sounds (and feels) like freedom. It’s the product of very talented musicians trying to expand their musical palette with music that hasn’t been planned and has been recorded in a blitzkrieg style."
Wanting a break from the usual band grind, LL Schultz (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Melanie Covey (percussion) started EP Island as a side project that would exist only when they wanted it to, scheduled periodically as one-weekend events, with the goal of writing and recording as much as possible at LL’s studio over 3 days. This non-band "band" offered an intense creative process that produced immediate results. Possibilities to explore and vary the EP Island sound have grown with the inclusion of a special guest musician in each subsequent outing.
EP Island's third and latest EP, Sweet’ish, features veteran indie rocker Sarah Jane Truman (The Doers, Secret Mommy). Bringing Truman into the mix this time around influenced a sound reminiscent of The Cure, Joy Division and Versus. Sweet’ish documents the first time the 3 musicians have ever played together, was written in 24 hours, recorded in 24 hours, and further mixed by LL. Song ideas were spawned from old projector slides that provoked topics such as lighthouse operators, unhappy senior marriages and teenage egos.
EP Island's previous releases include the 2008 debut Good’ish, followed by Rad’ish in 2009, which features the talents of Lyn Heinemann (Portico, Drawn Ship). All EPs have been released online, mostly for free, with donation requests only to cover hard costs like beer, mastering, and food for the studio cat, Menue.