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"It's a relationship song about being in love with someone and then realizing that you're basically living on two different islands and there's no way this is going to work," says Italian Japanese frontman Allen Nicholas of the band's new single "Two Islands."

"It's coming to the realization that this person that you want to be with, it's impossible, it's just not going to work out."

Nicholas (lead vocals, guitar) and Chris McLaughlin (guitar, keys) met up at a San Diego taco shop. With guitarist Sean Rodriguez and drummer Justin Greene, they released their debut album The Lush Romantic Weirdness in 2009, along with a video for their song "Le Pony." Collectively, the band members have played SXSW and the Leeds Music Festival, as well as road trips with the Warped and Bamboozle tours.

Last year, Allen Nicholas moved to the Silverlake area of L.A., leaving members based in San Diego and Orange County. Original bassist Noah Willis returned to his homeland in Italy and was replaced with Joaquin Develasco.

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Nicholas describes the current lineup as "an all-American band built on pounding rhythms, dynamic guitar work, and fully charged vocals reminiscent of '80s and '90s rock. Through the songs, tales of the road and romance erupt with the challenge that comes in facing new conflicts and the comfort of finding your way through them."

"I just hope down the line our songs can be something that people relate with a certain time or place with nostalgia," says Nicholas. "Whether it's happy or sad, to have that kind of effect on somebody is amazing."

They’ll play Austin’s SXSW music fest (March 14 @the Thirsty Nickle), happening March 13 - 18, along with fellow locals TV Girl, Jamuel Saxon, Psychic Dancehall (featuring members of Crocodiles and the Slits), and a number of others.

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