What do you do when you’ve been writing dozens of songs for your pivotal sophomore album, but -- near and dear as those tracks are -- you're afraid they’re something you’ve done before?
For Vinyl Theatre, it led them to “The Island,” an undertow of interlocking guitar and vocal hooks and one of the standout songs on their forthcoming album Origami, due May 12 on Fueled By Ramen. Billboard is excited to premiere “The Island,” along with three other new tracks from the Milwaukee-based quartet.
“‘The Island’ was our escape from any criticism or judgment,” vocalist-guitarist Keegan Calmes tells Billboard. “We made something that sounded completely different from the rest of the songs we'd been writing… [It’s] about laying your burdens down and taking a leap of faith when the trail runs cold.”