The guys in Future Islands have spent nearly a decade as one of the hardest-working bands in indie rock, and it’s definitely paying off. The Baltimore-based trio has taken their unholy union of gravelly, guttural vocals and slick synth-rock from dingy DIY spaces to magazine covers and late night shows in support of their fourth album, Singles. This is the definition of a band in its prime, and there’s no doubt that we’ll be talking about their set at LouFest 2014 for years to come.
Everything changed for Future Islands when they made their TV debut on The Late Show earlier this spring. Nothing could have prepared the studio audience for frontman Samuel T. Herring, who pounded his chest, tugged his collar and punched at the air in some of the most dramatic dancing to ever hit network television. As the audience’s jaws hit the floor, David Letterman jumped up from his desk and let out the loudest “OH BUDDY, COME ON!” as he went to shake the man’s hand.
Their cathartic live performances are a thing of legend at this point. Equal parts Morrissey and Henry Rollins, Herring is easily one of the most intense frontmen out there, with a passion for performance that is so impressive, the cool kids over at Pitchfork called him “an ursine man-monster wrestling primordial sounds from his heart.” While the music may be glossy, make no mistake about it: this is a rock band.
Not a synth pop band— Future Islands (@futureislands) May 16, 2014
Want more Future Islands in your life? Check out their latest release, Singles, an album Consequence of Sound called “attractive and inspiring.” Give it a spin and start practicing your best Herring-esque dance moves now so that you’ll be ready to get down in September!