photos by Alex Broadwell
Future Islands @ Bowery Ballroom 2/6/2014
Samuel Herring has an incredible voice. It's belting, cathartic, and registers as almost inhuman. The combination of this powerful tone and lyrics that center around anger and heartbreak can be a bit overwhelming. It rides the line between confessional and personal. I wonder how much confession is too much? Though the band is mesmerizing, the crowd may not always be able to enter this inviolate space.With their 4AD debut imminent, Baltimore's Future Islands played a sold out Bowery Ballroom on Thursday (2/6) with former Wham City cohorts Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Guardian Alien (a last-minute sub for Lonnie Walker). Pictures from that show are in this post.
The energy level of the band is out of this world. Herring is constantly dancing, twisting, and contorting himself around the microphone, making it nearly impossible to look away from him. Other band members are so still and expressionless that there's somehow a balanced atmosphere. The keyboard builds a great sense of atmosphere and the beat is subtler than most dance music, but still manages to work its way into the body. Usually crowds are split between dancers and the too serious or too shy. But everyone seemed to brought together in the spirit of letting loose at the sound of Herring's voice. - [Audiofemme]
Ed Schrader's Music Beat