DEVIL’S ISLAND featuring Nightbird Casino

DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring Nightbird Casino

Welcome to this weeks edition of Devil's Island! Every week we maroon a band or artist on the island and see what they get up to, how they cope with being all alone on a small island in the middle of the ocean. It's not your average desert island and we'll see just how each person copes with the extreme conditions.

This week when we arrived at Devil's Island we find Nightbird Casino sat on the beach. The island is far from their home, so how did they end up here and how did they cope with life on Devil's Island? 

Find out now...    

Welcome to The Razors'e Edge and our somewhat lovely, warm desert island. Don't worry about it's name I'm sure it's not as bad as that would suggest. 

You're marooned here on this island, but before you ended up shipwrecked you chose one album that you couldn't live without. Which album did you each chose and why?

James (Moore, guitar/vocals) – The National’s “Trouble Will Find Me”

Landon (Strine, bass/piano) - Complete Works of Chopin

Oliver (Collins, drums) - Bloodhound Gang – One Fierce Beer Coaster. Because it’s the most underrated album ever and becayse James hates it so much that he would kill me quicker which in turn would put me out of my misery faster. The misery of being stuck on an island with my band .

Amanda (Moore, keys) - Moby’s “Play” because it would masterfully cover all the moods I’ll probably encounter being stranded on a lifeless island apparently owned by the devil.

Just behind that palm tree is a shack for each of you to stay in, with enough space for you to put up a poster on the wall of one album cover. What album cover do you each chose?

James – Radiohead “Hail to the Thief” – there’s so much to look at and read, so if we’re marooned on a desert island this one is most likely to keep me busy.

Landon – Neil Young – Everybody Knows This is Nowhere

Oliver – Bloodhound Gang’s Hefty Fine. So we could all have the best possible jerkoff material.

Amanda – The Cranberries – To The Faithful Departed – the original insert unfolded to an even bigger picture of them in the woods. It was a pivotal album for me.

There's also a bar on this here island. But alas each of you only get to choose one drink for the entirety of your stay. What's your tipple of choice?

James – Moscow Mule with Grey Goose, the hangover free vodka.

Landon – Rogue Dead Guy Ale

Oliver – Popov. Because I demand quality at all times.

Amanda – Mezcal, lavender, cinnamon, and raspberry lemonade.

Your suitcases were lost when your ship sank, but you each managed to salvage one item of band merch. What’s the merch and for what band?

James – My The Smile “you will never work in television again” shirt, because I will never work anywhere again, apparently, since I’m on an island.

Landon – Long sleeve Sigur Ros shirt

Oliver – bedazzled sunglasses from a house DJ/rave set. I just want to look the coolest on the island.

Amanda – My favourite merch shirt is from modular synth artist Jeremiah Chiu.

You’re sat on the island thinking “I’m stuck here on this island with my bandmates for eternity”… who would you rather have been shipwrecked with?

James – no one, I’m taking a very long nap and no one had better bother me.

Landon – probably my girlfriend

Oliver – a better band 😉

Amanda – I love my bandmates but if I had to choose... my little brother, because he would happily match my weirdness as I slowly descend into the madness of desertion.

DEVIL’S ISLAND featuring Nightbird Casino

There's a walkman in your pocket, on the tape inside is the recording of the one live show that stands out for you. It could be any show, from any band, anywhere in the world. What show is on that walkman?

James – Austin City Limits, 2016: Foals, Banks & Steelz, Flying Lotus, and Radiohead. Greatest show I’ve ever seen.

Landon – Radiohead In Rainbows Live From the Basement

Oliver – Burning Man 2011. Crystal Method killed it but I’m hoping to get a continued recording for the whole week by accident so I have more to listen to.

Amanda – M83 in Portland, 2023. I’ve been listening to M83 for 20 years and it was sheer beauty to see them live and put on such a fucking killer performance.

You're getting desperate, you decide the only course of action is to put a message in a bottle and hope someone finds it. Your message could be to any member of any band, but should be the most suitable for a rescue attempt. Who is it?

James – Paul Banks from Interpol – I know he surfs and spends time on central American beaches, so odds are… well, not good, but better than most.

Landon – Jack Johnson?

Oliver – Sting. Because I like being stuck on an island with my band and Sting is probably the least likely person that would actually get a message in a bottle.

Amanda – The Police – surely they would know which authorities to contact for our rescue!

You've been stuck here for a while and food supplies are running low. There's only one thing for it... which fellow band member gets sacrificed to help the others survive?

James – I’ll sacrifice myself

Landon – I'm far too bony

Oliver – Well, James already graciously sacrificed himself so I’m not going to argue.

Amanda – This is a decision made best by drawing straws. Or rock paper scissors.

Finally, when the ship sank you each managed to save one person from the wreckage. That person is the one musician that has influenced your career the most, shaped your way of thinking and your outlook on life. Who did you save?

James – now Thom Yorke’s on this island. This is wild.

Landon – Elliott Smith. Which would be amazing since I somehow resurrected him.

Oliver – Probably Chad Smith. No idea what his outlook on life is but I know he’s my favorite drummer and he drinks so it should be fun.

Amanda – Dolores O’Riordan so we could talk about music, life and puppet psychology behind the war endemic


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