Swan Island, to the best of our knowledge Portland's only all-female dance-metal queercore outfit, is throwing in the towel, Holocene Records' Scott McLean notified us via email yesterday. While we've yet to see a press-release or hear an official comment from the band, McLean's email said that the band is going on "indefinite hiatus," and that its show at Holocene (the venue) this Thursday will be Swan Island's final appearance. Thursday's show is the Double Double Video Video Premier Premier (I can't believe they got me to type that) with the Shaky Hands—both bands have new videos out that are being premiered at Holocene, hence the event's dizzying name.
I won't try to write a proper obituary for Swan Island until we determine the cause of death, but I will shamelessly link you over to a piece I wrote for WW when the band was just kids: Hop in the way-back machine and travel back to 2006, when Swan Island had just placed third in WW's annual (and prestigious!) here">Best New Band poll.
If that's not enough Swan Island action for you, here's the video for "Crumble," from the 2006 debut album The Centre Will Hold. Rumor has it that the new video (for the excellent "Night Owl," off the same album) is a bit more professional-looking, but we love this one. Goodnight, Swan Island: