5 reasons to go see Future Islands

Samuel T Herring and co are much more than just a viral phenomenon

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This article is from 2014.

5 reasons to go see Future Islands

1. You saw it, right?
Tell us you saw it. Saw what? Why, Future Islands’ career-breaking turn closing The Late Show with David Letterman back in March, of course – one of music’s viral moments of the year, currently at almost one and a half million views on YouTube at time of writing.

2. It’s all about the voice
And the performance. But mostly the voice. Namely that of singer Samuel T Herring, a man with the combined physical attributes of Still Game’s Greg Hemphill and Henry Rollins, and a voice pitched somewhere between the National’s Matt Berninger and a death metal vocalist. His performance of ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’ was eccentric and utterly ear and eye-catching.

3. They’re not just a viral gimmick
The impression that performance made is academic – we’d still say they’re worth a recommendation on the back of a rich, four-album career which commenced in 2008, the year they relocated from North Carolina to their current base in Baltimore.

4. They’re on 4AD
… which is never a bad thing. After one self-released record and two on Thrill Jockey, this year’s 4AD-touted Singles has been their most well-received record yet. It’s really quite pleasant, playing Herring’s actually rather sensitive croon off against a glistening, 80s-style synth backdrop.

5. Everyone else is going
Despite only modest success at best for Singles, the shows are selling very well – no doubt with people just like you and I who want to see and hear if their trick is just a singular one, or if they really do have a future.

Future Islands play SWG3, Glasgow, Wed 4 Jun.

Future Islands

Joyous electro and synth pop from the Baltimore trio.

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Sat 1 Jul

£25.25 phone for availability / 01223 357851

  • 20:00

Cambridge Junction

Sat 1 Jul

£24.75 / 01223 511511

O2 Academy Brixton, London SW9

Mon 20 Nov

Phone for prices / 0844 477 2000

  • 19:00

Tue 21 Nov

£28.88 / 0844 477 2000

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