Thematically, Basic Instincts is an exploration of the relationship between the human tendency to submit to a higher power and the determination needed to ensure self-actualization and spiritual freedom. Sonically, it weaves together dembow rhythms, reverberant leads, and dubby basslines into an experimental yet poppy tapestry of sound.
Before starting Island Boy in 2011, Hunter-Rivera was involved in a multitude of musical projects as a founding member of the Mangoose collective. In collaboration with Mangoose associates, he co-produced a number of home-brewed albums released on CDs and cassettes. He has also worked as a sound engineer, video editor, technical consultant for multimedia artists. Since 2013, Island Boy has shared bills with established acts such as Wild Nothing, MS MR, Chad Valley, Little Green Cars, Keep Shelly in Athens, Kisses, The Album Leaf, and Gary War, toured the Southeast/East Coast, and played SF PopFest and CMJ.
- 06/19 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
- 06/20 - Tijuana, Mexico @ Mous Tache
- 06/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Mountair
- 06/23 - San Francisco, CA @ TBA
- 06/25 - Portland, OR @ Valentines