On March 3rd, a band performed live on the The Late Night Show with David Letterman. Loads of bands have been performing on this popular network show, but this performance by Baltimore-band Future Islands blew people’s minds! For three minutes and fifty seconds, frontman Samuel T. Herring controlled the talkshow with his glowing fist of passion.
The thing that blows my mind when I listen to Future Islands is first of all frontman Samuel T. Herring. He is raw, dedicated and immortal, and his joy and passion for music fills your mind like no other frontman in times like these. His performance style is a bit like if you can imagine Freddie Mercury having a baby with Elvis Presley, and this baby would then be adopted by Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode.
The rest of the group is consisting of Gerrit Wilmers on synth, William Cashion on both guitars and bass, and live-drummer Michael Lowry. Future Islands sound, which is heavily influenced by classic 80’s electronic names such as Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode, is created by founder of the band, William Cashion. His retro drone sounds creates a minimalistic universe which gives Samuel T. Herring a big universe of sound he can fill with his passionate vocal and dreamy lyrics.
Future Islands latest album ‘Singles’ has received very great reviews from both international and Danish media. ‘Singles’ is the groups 4th album, and it sounds to me like Future Islands have found their sound. The group is at a place where they like to be, but that doesn’t mean the band won’t be experimenting in the future, but it means that Future Islands have found a platform from where they can experiment from now on.
Pop Revo has booked one of the most meaningful and strong bands on the planet right now, and this author thinks you should get your ass down at VoxHall tonight, and witness a live-performance in pure world class. Though if you have some stupid reason not to go to VoxHall and Pop Revo tonight (right now I think reason is stupid), you can also catch Future Islands at the Avalon stage on this year’s Roskilde Festival.