It’s been nearly four years since post-hardcore supergroup Isles & Glaciers released their first and only collection of songs. Their 2010 EP The Hearts of Lonely People was just as exciting as it was unexpected, combining the music fortitude of a slew of the scene’s biggest names.
Fronted by heavyweight vocalists Craig Owens (Chiodos), Vic Fuentes (Pierce the Vel) and Jonny Craig, Isles & Glaciers’ styles ranged while playing to each member’s strengths. To this day, the band has only played one live performance – a surprise set at SXSW in 2009, nearly a year before the release of The Hearts of Lonely People.
Because of each member’s prior commitments to their day jobs, it’s clear why there would be a lack of activity from the band. However, it’s become increasingly obvious that Isles & Glaciers have no intent on ever making music together again, largely due to a falling out with Jonny Craig.
The infamous Macbook scam, continued drug issues and erratic behavior all appear to have lent a hand in breaking the relationship. But without Craig’s lower register tenor croon to balance Owens’ and Fuentes’ high end, it’s clear that the band wouldn’t be the same without him. So what to do?
We’ve decided to compile a list of options for the remaining members of Isles & Glaciers to consider before laying the band to rest forever.
It’s true that the former Tides of Man vocalist has a much higher upper registry than Craig. However, it’s worth noting that Pearson has filled Craig’s shoes on more than one occasion. Tilian was the the fill-in touring vocalist for Emarosa in 2011 before taking over Craig’s role as clean vocalist in experimental post-hardcore outfit Dance Gavin Dance in 2012. If anyone knows how to sing to Jonny’s tune, it’s Tilian Pearson.
If you’re unfamiliar with Trenton Woodley, you would do well by getting to know him. As lead vocalist for Aussie rockers Hands Like Houses, Woodley has proven himself to be one of the most promising singers in the scene. His croon is smooth like Craig’s, but may be even more versatile. His work on recent Hands Like Houses release Unimagine shows that he’s capable of an array of styles and we’re thinking he would sound swell alongside Owens and Fuentes.
Tyler Carter is perhaps the best fit to pick up the soulful slack in Isles & Glaciers as Craig’s replacement. Their vocal styles are eerily similar. Both possess a self-indulgent, melismatic delivery that is as much about swagger as it is about vocal style. Carter’s wide range helps him fit into a multitude of sonic environments, perhaps best displayed on Issues’ recent self-titled debut. Both singers have a touch of soul that sets them apart from the typical scene clean singer. Without a doubt, Carter could hold his own in Isles & Glaciers.
Truthfully, as great as the previous three singers are, there’s no one we’d rather see fill the third vocal spot in Isles & Glaciers than the man himself. It’s true that Craig is a bit of a rascal and has had his issues in the past, but he appears to be clean and back on the grind, currently working on a new project with Kris Crummett. It may be that past scars have cut a bit too deep with the rest of the group, but if there’s ever a chance for reconciliation we’d love to see it happen.
Of course, if The Hearts of Lonely People is the only music from Isles & Glaciers we ever get, we can at least be thankful for what we had, even if it only felt like just the beginning.
by Kiel Hauck
Kiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.