If you’re a standard, red-blooded Dallasite and have fallen in love with Ishi, you’ll be happy to hear that they’re opening for the Friendly Fires on October 12th. Ishi’s new single, “Disco Queen” is also debuting on the Local Edge this Sunday between 11pm and 12am, giving you no choice but to listen. If you haven’t gotten caught up in the local Ishi fanaticism, let me give you a brief rundown of the band’s history.
In April 2010, QuickDFW asked readers, “Is Ishi on the verge of breakthrough?”. Seeing as how Ishi was selling out shows at Trees and the Granada, it’s clear that many fans agreed. Later in the year, Ishi was nominated for several Dallas Observer Music Awards, including Best Group, Best Song, Best New Act, and Best Electronica/Dance Act. Of course, with all those nominations, they easily took the awards for Best New Act and Best Electronica/Dance Act, solidifying their status as a current Dallas music icon.
Only a year later, the band split, with female vocalist, Taylor Rea, and guitarist, Rob Bastien leaving to work on a new project. While the separation was a disappointment for many, the band moved on with a rotating cast of female vocalists. Ishi’s local album release party soon sold out at Sons of Hermann Hall over the Summer, but the band is no stranger to touring outside of Texas. In fact, Ishi’s success outside of Dallas is shining through as a result of their recent tour of the Midwest and appearance at the Wicker Park Festival in Chicago this Summer.
Earlier this month Ishi was also nominated for the Dallas Observer Music Awards as a Best Electronic/Dance Act, and you can vote for them as often as you like in the DOMA XXIII poll. Until their performances tomorrow night at El Sibil and Trammel Crow Lake, check out this video of Ishi live at the Granada.