THE ISLE is the creative platform for Anna Petrou and Dennis Remmer, who also founded and direct theTrans:Com record label.
The Isle formed in 1994 and debuted on the Evidence compilation released that year, with a highly original dark-wave piece called ‘Politically Incorrect’ which was subsequently remixed by Morgan Geist (aka Metro Area / Environ Records – New York) for the follow-up Cyberia compilation. The Isle’s rare but popular live appearances are well received for their original, melodic, atmospheric electronic works, with the band performing for the Clan Analogue collective, and later in conjunction with Ostia, Blood Party, Sphere, Tycho Brahe, and Dizzygotheca; culminating in an appearance at the Silhouette Series event.
Prior to The Isle, Dennis was one half of the House Guests project that had been recording and experimenting since the late 80’s with analogue synthesizers, samplers and early drum machines. Some of that group’s material also appeared on the Evidence compilation, and their best was later compiled on Trans:Com’s Stealth and Intervention CD. Anna – a classically trained violinist – has also recorded and performed with one of Brisbane’s premier industrial acts; Dogmachine.
With key influences including New Order, Durutti Column, Cocteau Twins, GusGus, Single Gun Theory, Orbital, Cabaret Voltaire, Warp and Factory Records; The Isle’s occasional but always original output and performances deliver a diverse combination of electro, synthpop, and leftfield production.
Unashamedly sporadic, The Isle have re-entered the fray in 2011 with a new single La Femme Exotique; which combines a distinctly retro electro composition with French lyrics (of course!). Think The Knife meeting Visage in a French cafe! For this single they have worked with long-term collaborators and fellow Brisbane originals Ande Foster, Scot McPhee of Victor Xray / Nerve Agent / Now Zero, and Anthony LeRoy of Friends Of Alice Ivy / Ostia fame; all 3 delivering their own unique remix interpretations.