Entries tagged with: Future Islands
Future Islands at FYF Fest 2014 (more by Adele Loconte)
Future Islands sold out their January 9 show at Terminal 5 and have now added a second show, happening the day before (1/8) also at T5 with Wing Dam and Operators. Tickets for that show are on AmEx and Fan Club presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (10/24) at 10 AM. It's a second night at a giant midtown venue, but it's not like they have their old Williamsburg places to play anymore. They've added a few other shows to their winter tour as well, and all dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Future Islands recently did a 4AD Sessions video and their performances of "Sun in the Morning" and "Doves" can be watched below.
Future Islands at FYF Festival 2014 (more by Adela Loconte)
Baltimore popsters Future Islands had their biggest year to date courtesy their new album Singles and ubiquitous single "Waiting on You." As for what 2015 will bring: a visit to Australia/NZ/Singapore multi-city Laneway Festival in January. Before that, they'll play a couple East Coast shows here in the US, including Boston and their biggest NYC headlining dates yet: Terminal 5 on January 9 with Dan Boeckner's new outfit Operators (who they recently toured with) and fellow Baltimoreans Wing Dam. Tickets for the T5 show go on sale Friday (10/17) at noon, with Ticketmaster, fan club and AmEx presales beginning Tuesday (10/14) at 10 AM. (Operators and Wing Dam also play the 1/7 Boston date.) There's also an Atlanta date on the other side of their Australian tour, all are listed below.
Wing Dam released Shifter Bliss over the summer and it's in the thick, crunchy alternapop style that was much loved in the '90s. You can stream it in full below. You can also catch them in smaller venues than T5 as they'll be doing a short tour in November, playing NYC at Silent Barn on November 4. The rest of that lineup is TBA but all dates are listed below.
All Future Islands, Operators and Wing Dam dates are listed, along with streams and videos, below...
Win Butler & Future Islands -- 9/2 in Montreal (photo by Mikey B Rishwain)
Future Islands' tour with Operators brought them to Metropolis in Arcade Fire's home city of Montreal tonight (9/2). Arcade Fire played their fair share of covers, sometimes with special guests, on their own recent tour. Keeping that spirit alive, AF frontman Win Butler himself surprised the Future Islands audience when he nonchalantly walked on stage to start singing FI hit "Seasons (Waiting on You)" with the band. Watch a clip below...
photos by Adela Loconte
The Strokes / Grimes / Boris
[Slowdive's] entire audience appears to be holding its breath, immersed in the British shoegaze band's ocean of sound. The three guitarists--Neil Halstead, Christian Savill, and Rachel Goswell--are urged on by the warm throb of Nick Chaplin's bass and the vigorous drumming of Simon Scott. It's a relief to hear a drummer at the festival who isn't playing in boring old 4/4. Goswell, resplendent in a silver dress and smiling shyly, sings the hook to "Crazy for You," its circular guitar figure still captivating 20 years later. Unfortunately, her pretty voice sounds paper thin in the mix of "Machine Gun" but the reverb-y guitars sound great. During "Souvlaki Space Station," left-handed Savill plays a solo in which his slide guitar sighs as if in post-coital bliss.LA's 2014 FYF Fest went down over the weekend (Saturday, 8/23 & Sunday, 8/24) with a killer lineup that included Phoenix, The Strokes, Interpol, Grimes, Slowdive, Slint, The Blood Brothers, Future Islands, Against Me!, Ty Segall, Boris, Run the Jewels, Darkside, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange, Haim, Murder City Devils, Four Tet, The Bronx, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Joanna Gruesome, Angel Olsen and many more. We've got pictures of a handful of the bands from both days, in this post.
One wonders whether most of these teens and twentysomethings have any idea who Slowdive is. After all, the band broke up--or, more accurately morphed into Mojave 3--when many of the attendees were in diapers. Is Slowdive cashing in on the reunion dollar or will they produce new material? One hopes for the latter. The band's multiple guitargasms are indescribably majestic and beautiful. The five-piece doesn't take the opportunity to play "Visions of LA," but "Alison" and a cover of Syd Barrett's "Golden Hair" end the set on a highpoint. Before they depart, Goswell announces they'll be back in November. Can't wait. [Under the Radar]
More pics, with a stream of a new song by rapper Kosha Dillz where he namedrops 60 bands that played FYF, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Future Islands was so good last night. Incredible energy and so much booty shaking. The man has soul." - Jett Wells
"Probably written more words on this band than any other over the years, but let's say it again: Future Islands are something special." - @cmgzine
"Omar Souleyman and his serious live clapping giving me everything" - Carrie Wilds
Long-running, but more popular than ever, Baltimore's dancing synth-pop act Future Islands came to NYC last night (8/7) for a free show at the House of Vans. The bill was filled out by a trio of excellent pop-minded acts: Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, Dan Boeckner's (Wolf Parade, Divine Fits) new act Operators and local indie pop act Mas Ysa. Not surprisingly, the show was already near capacity by the time the first opener went on around 7pm. Those who RSVP'd but didn't get there early enough were being turned away all night.
Omar is a great opener for Future Islands because Omar doesn't do much. It's hard to tell if the deadpan thing is his shtick, if he's just phoning it in, or if he's just reacting to a crowd full of non-dancers. He walks around the stage in sunglasses, sometimes staring at the not-dancing crowd as he croons. His signature moves are moving his outreached arms up and down and clapping to get the crowd energized and moving. Backed only by a keyboard player and/or track, his music is booming, loud and sounds great. And It would be a great dance party if people danced, or maybe if Omar did.
Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring on the other hand is a dancing machine, a living meme, a sex machine. Smiling, chatting, crooning and dancing while backed by a very able and seasoned band. The crowd goes nuts and rightfully so (even with the muddy, poorly-mixed sound in the House of Vans warehouse that kind of ruined it for me, as I stood towards the back). The large, enthusiastic crowd, drunk on free Shiner beer, cheered before and after every song, and even more when Sam showed off his special moves, and even more when hit single "Seasons" came up in the Singles-heavy set list.
House of Vans is a spacious, corporate-funded, skate park and event venue in warehouse located in the heart of hip Greenpoint/Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Future Islands know the neighborhood well, or at least certain places in the neighborhood like the small, long-running DIY venue called Death By Audio that they've played many times, and that Sam gave a shoutout to from the stage (It was hard to understand but he said, but it was something about going there the night before because it's the only place he knows).
For Operators, it was their 2nd-ever NYC show. Their first was the BrooklynVegan Northside showcase. House of Vans ended up being the first show of a Future Islands and Operators tour together. They'll hit Millvale, PA tonight. Check out all the dates for that tour, as well as the rest of the pictures from last night's House of Vans show, an Instagram video featuring some of his moves, and a stream of Vince Clarke's new remix of "Doves", below...
Operators @ BV Northside Showcase 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dan Boeckner's new band Operators, who made their NYC debut at the BrooklynVegan Northside showcase, have announced their first official release, EP1, which will be out on Tuesday (8/5). You can stream opening cut "True" below.
Operators will play as part of Thursday's House of Vans show (8/7) with Future Islands, Omar Souleyman and Mas Ysa which has been RSVP'd out for some time. They'll be opening most dates of Future Islands tour in August. All dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
Future Islands in Austin (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Tonight (7/10) at House of Vans its Gorilla Biscuits, Bouncing Souls, and Turnstile. RSVP is closed and if you did RSVP, entry is first come, first served.
Mac DeMarco w/ Walter TV @ Northside 2014 (via @stevensedition)
The annual NXNE fest is currently underway in Toronto, ON with the music portion really happening Wednesday - Saturday (June 18 - 21) at venues all over the Canadian city. For those heading that way, here are a dozen notable events and shows.
1) BrooklynVegan has Partnered with M for Montreal and Panache once again for the Bruise Cruise which happens aboard the Queens Quay on Saturday (6/21). Mac DeMarco will host the floating festivities, with his other band, Walter TV (who just played Northside as did Mac), as well as Calvin Love, PS I Love You and The Posterz. It's free with a NXNE badge or wristband, $10 without. It boards at noon and leaves the dock at 1:15 PM, don't be late! Check out the flyer below.
2) Mio is turning a Toronto streetcar into the "Mio Squirtcar" (um, that name), a moving festival venue showcasing artists like Shannon and the Clams, Frankie Cosmos, araabMUZIK, Reggie Watts and more.
3) Vice & Vans have teamed up to create "Vice Island," a free, day-long Toronto Islands adventure on Thursday (6/19) featuring performances by big hitters like Pusha T, Future Islands, Omar Souleyman and many more.
4) If you'd rather hoof it, walking to and from shows will be even more interesting this year, thanks to NXNE commissioning street artists to transform city alleyways with new murals.
5) Red Bull brings their Sound Select series to Tattoo this week, featuring some secret headliners as well as acts like Future Islands, A$AP Ferg, Autre Ne Veut, Evian Christ and more.
6) For the young among us, NXNE is providing some free all-ages outdoor daytime shows by the lake, showcasing some up-and-comers including Jenny Omnichord, Unicorn Patrol, Lyric Dubee and more.
7) The Horseshoe Tavern has been rechristened The Budweiser Music House for NXNE with loaded bills featuring the likes of Low, Lee Harvey Osmond, Perfect Pussy, Speedy Ortiz, Swearin', The Felice Brothers and more, with a secret late night headliner on Friday (6/20) for good measure.
8) Sennheiser teams up with NXNE to present some huge shows at Massey Hall from tUnE-yArDs, Ryley Walker, Spiritualized, Rhye and more.
9) The biggest shows of the week happen outdoors at the free and naturally all-ages Yonge-Dundas Square, with sets from Danny Brown, Sleigh Bells, Swans, St. Vincent, Mac DeMarco, Spoon, Run the Jewels, Juicy J and more.
10) On Sunday (6/22), The Edward Day Gallery will play host to the all-ages DIY Label and Art Fair, were you can buy and swap records and talk to local DIY bloggers, all while eating good food and listening to sets from Greys, Young Mother, White Poppy and many more.
11) Another free option: Beach Day, Joywave and Craft Spells are playing a free all-ages GAP-sponsored show at the corner of Queen & Peter on Saturday afternoon(6/21).
12) NXNE's series of showcases at Adelaide Hall will have your dancing needs covered with sets from Fuck Buttons, Young Magic, Mas Ysa, Ryan Hemsworth, Run the Jewels and many more.
Browse NXNE's site for more.
Bruise Cruise NXNE flyer below...
House of Vans during last week's Zumiez party (more by Ryan Muir)
The June lineups for the free Vans House Parties at NYC's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) were already announced, and now the July and August ones were too.
July's shows include wild garage rockers Black Lips (who also play NYC on their tour with King Khan this fall) with local skate/surf punks Night Birds and a special guest on 7/3; and hardcore vets Gorilla Biscuits with NJ punk heroes Bouncing Souls (who also celebrate 25 years in NJ this summer) and a special guest on 7/10.
Then in August it's the dancin' Future Islands with Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman and Brooklyn indie pop musician Mas Ysa on 8/7; and DFA's Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair collaborator Kim Ann Foxman and FIXED's Dave P on 8/14.
All shows are free (and all ages), but RSVP is required (though it doesn't guarantee entry). RSVP for the Black Lips/Night Birds and Gorilla Biscuits/Bouncing Souls shows open today (6/10) at noon. The series kicks off this Thursday (6/12) with Charles Bradley, Mac DeMarco (who also plays 4Knots) and Benjamin Booker. RSVP for that one is closed.
The annual two-day FYF Fest is returning to LA from August 23-24 this year, and the lineup was just announced. It includes The Strokes, Phoenix, the reunited Blood Brothers who haven't played sine 2007 (!), Slowdive, Slint, Flying Lotus, Grimes, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Haim, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Death Grips (we know FYF is a festival they actually play), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Against Me!, Built to Spill, Murder City Devils, The Bronx, Angel Olsen, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Joanna Gruesome and many more.
Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
St. Louis music festival LouFest is returning this year from September 6-7 in Forest Park, and the lineup has now been announced. It's one of the many festivals Outkast are playing this year, plus includes Arctic Monkeys, Future Islands, Kelis, Washed Out, Matt & Kim, Cake, Portugal. The Man, Delta Spirit, San Fermin, Young & Sick, The Districts, Kins and more.
Tickets go on sale today (5/13) at 10 AM CT. Full lineup below...
Viet Cong @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The NXNE Festival happens in venues all over Toronto, Cananda from June 13 - 22. They've already had a few lineup announcements and have just released another round of artist additions, including Future Islands, AraabMUZIK, Pusha T. PS I Love You, The Felice Brothers, Autre Ne Veut, Xiu Xiu, Viet Cong (who will play 4Knots in NYC too) and more. Full list of new additions is below, along with the complete 2014 NXNE lineup as it stands right now.
Future Islands in Austin (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
2014 has been kind to North Carolina's Future Islands, but be sure to recognize where credit is due for the band's success. Few would argue that in the viral age that often gives musicians a shelf life of "until the next distraction", that an otherwise unassuming band might buckle under the pressure. But this is nothing new for Future Islands, whose members have been writing together, touring together, and working together to simply make the music they want in the way that they want for the audience they need. Their fourth full-length, Singles, has seen the band appear on just about everyone's radar, and while their hugely popular performance on Letterman certainly helped in every possible, it simply spotlighted what fans have known for the past decade about Future Islands and their proclivity for creating the simple but no less invaluable joy that comes from pop.
Tonight (5/1) you can stream the band's performance from the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC live via NPR. Last night Future Islands headlined and sold out their biggest NYC show to date at Webster Hall. We recently caught them in Austin, at Coachella, in Portland, in Chicago, and at the start of the tour in NYC at Bowery Ballroom.
We caught up with the band ---Gerrit Welmers, William Cashion, and frontman Samuel Herring---for an interview before their show last week at the Bottletree Café in Birmingham, Alabama, to talk about the shockwaves of going viral, the new album, and where the music started.
You guys are mid tour. What's been the response from audiences so far with where you guys are currently?
SH: We're in the middle of about ten weeks of straight touring. We've got six shows left on this run, and then we have a couple of days off back in Baltimore. Then we fly to the West Coast to do Jimmy Kimmel, and then immediately fly from there to London to start a month and a half Euro and UK tour. Things have been good. Most of all these shows have sold out. I think we would have had a lot of sellouts in the big cities we've been playing for in years, but being able to play a lot of smaller cities and see huge turnout has been really awesome. A lot of people are being turned on to our music for the first time and coming out, and that's always been the hope with the new record. It's been two and a half years since we put out our last album, and then we took all of last year off, so we were kind of hoping this record would explode out on people. We were able to work with 4AD for the first time, and they've been amazing, so yeah, everything's been going really good.
The 2014 edition of Portland's MusicFestNW happens August 16 & 17 at the city's Waterfront Park. This year's line-up has been revealed and includes Spoon, Fucked Up, Future Islands, Haim, Phantogram, The Antlers, Girl Talk, tUnE-yArDs, EMA and more. No word on tickets yet but check out the two-day lineup below.
The Replacements at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The spring edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival is a month away (May 23-25), and they've already announced the fall edition which goes down in Boston's City Hall Plaza from September 5-7. The September lineup, which is listed in full below, includes The National, The Replacements, Nas x The Roots, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Volcano Choir, The War on Drugs, The Hold Steady, White Denim, Sky Ferreira, Future Islands, San Fermin, S. Carey, Lorde, Childish Gambino and more. 3-day passes go on sale Monday (4/28) at 10 AM.
Tickets (3-day, 2-day and single day passes) for the May festival, which includes Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Brand New, Kurt Vile, Phosphorescent and more, are still available.
Full September lineup, flyer, and announcement video, and video of Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong joining the 'Mats at Coachella, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Pharrell / Future Islands / Ty Segall / mean girls
Watching Ty Segall at the Outdoor Theatre to kick off my Saturday drove home a 2014 Coachella reality: the relative lack of noisy, guitar-driven bands. While the bill is loaded with synthy, electronic-leaning indie types, traditional rock acts are few and far between this year. As if to illustrate the point, late in his gloriously loud and raucous set, Segall covered "Mötörhead" by Mötörhead, one of a handful of truly heavy bands at the fest.Coachella 2014 recently wrapped up its first of two weekends. You already saw pictures of day 1, and we've got a set of day 2 pics in this post, including shots of Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell, Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, Fatboy Slim, Lorde, Future Islands, Warpaint, Julian Casablancas, Ty Segall, Graveyard, Foxygen, Laura Mvula and more.
...I arrived 20 minutes early Saturday night [for the Pixies], just in case, but while the Mojave eventually filled and then some, things never got ugly. As for the set itself, I doubt I'll ever adjust to seeing Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering on a stage without Kim Deal, but the new-look Pixies produced a quality set nonetheless, bashing out extra-ferocious versions of "Gouge Away," "Nimrod's Son," "Crackity Jones" and more. [Las Vegas Weekly]
Of course there's too much to catch everything, but many other great artists played the second day too, including Solange whose sister Beyonce came on stage to dance with her (video below), Nas whose frenemy Jay Z joined him for "Dead Presidents II" and "Where I'm From" and Diddy (I mean Puff Daddy) joined him for "Hate Me Now" (full set video below), indie legends The Dismemberment Plan, post-rock vets Mogwai, plus sets from MGMT, Washed Out, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost and many more.
One of the big talks of the day was Pharrell (and his hat), who brought out loads of guests who reminded the crowd that Pharrell wasn't a nobody before "Happy," "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" (all three of which he played). He produced or co-produced huge hits for Snoop Dogg ("Drop It Like It's Hot"), Gwen Stefani ("Hollaback Girl"), Busta Rhymes ("Pass the Courvoisier") and Nelly ("Hot in Herre"), all of who joined him for said songs. A few videos from his set below.
The first time I met Future Islands was at the now defunct Baltimore DIY space Jesus Camp in 2010. I was playing a show with Adventure and Moss of Aura, the solo project of Gerrit Welmers from Future Islands. I still vividly remember the audience's unplanned yet naturally synchronized sway when Deem, from Moss of Aura's "Still Parade", started playing. Frontman Samuel Herring was in attendance on crutches, recovering (as he reminded me last week) from an injury sustained in the middle of performing as part of a live Dan Deacon show in Europe. Herring still finished the show.
The first time I actually saw Future Islands perform was a few months later. I played a show with them when they came through my hometown on tour with Lower Dens. Ask any fan or friend of Future Islands about them and you'll consistently hear the same two words: honest and hardworking. The hardworking part isn't supernatural — they were already four-year road warriors by that point. It's the confident honesty that's so special. Everyone in the audience felt like Herring was sharing a piece of time with just them, even if it was just for a moment. Sweat dripping, eyes locked. Each live song was a real performance without feeling calculated. To be so genuinely engaging in a live setting is hard work. I've been a fan ever since.
Jump forward 4 years to their (very) sold-out show at Doug Fir in Portland, OR on 4/5. The night was a Baltimore lovefest, with the bubbly-ambient drones of Jason Urick kicking it off and the frenetic Ed Schrader's Music Beat playing next. Which reminds me: go see Ed Schrader's Music Beat immediately — total surprise of the night.
Denny Bowen (formerly of Double Dagger, currently of Roomrunner) is on live drums for Future Islands this tour. The stoic precision of Bowen, Welmers, and bassist William Cashion provided excellent contrast to the tirelessly raw and off-the-wall Herring. The set was an equal mix of old and new, hitting on the inevitable "Seasons (Waiting On You)" and "Tin Man" but also bringing some tenderness to more restrained tracks like "Little Dreamer" and "A Song For Our Grandfathers." During their encore, a cadre of fans rushed the stage mid-song to dance along.
Future Islands "Vireo's Eye", live in Portland
After witnessing their live set, it should be obvious to even the freshest Letterman fan that their success is anything but a flash in the pan. If you get a chance to see them live, don't hesitate - they are on top of their shit and it's a thrill to watch.
At Coachella this weekend and next, their tour hits a sold out Webster Hall in NYC on April 30. They played Bowery Ballroom earlier in the trek. The band also just announced they'll appear on TV again, this time on Jimmy Kimmel Live! On May 5.
Ed Schrader's Music Beat continues touring with Future Islands, but also plays Shea Stadium in Brooklyn on June 13. They also just released a brand new track from their new album Party Jail which comes out via Infinity Cat on May 20. You can listen to "Televan" below.
All dates are also listed with more pictures and video from the Portland show, below...
by Bill Pearis
Letterman w/ Future Islands
It's the end of an era, or soon will be. NYC icon David Letterman will announce his retirement from The Late Show on this evening's show (4/3). His last show will be sometime in 2015. The news broke, of all places, from former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills' Twitter, who is performing tonight with his old bandmate Peter Buck who are both backing Joseph Arthur. (The Late Show tapes in the afternoon.) He told the audience (via Hitfix):
The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned him just before the program, and I said 'Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring.'By next year, Letterman will have hosted The Late Show for 22 years, and he did 11 seasons of Late Night with David Letterman before that.
I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married.
We don't have the timetable for this precisely down - I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up.
For those who only know him from The Late Show autumn years, Late Night with David Letterman changed not only the face of late night television but comedy in general. When the show began, the 12:30 AM time-slot was a wasteland and Letterman was a hilarious, often subversive presence, openly mocking NBC (and its parent corporation, G.E.) and occasionally even the guests. Like Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Simpsons, Letterman's impact on comedy cannot be overestimated.
Of course, Letterman's shows were also responsible for a lot of cool bands making their network debut, from R.E.M. (where they played "South Central Rain" a year before Reckoning was released) to Sonic Youth, to more recent bands like Dum Dum Girls and Future Islands, whose appearance from a couple weeks ago turned into an internet meme.
You deserve a break, Dave, but we'll miss your gaptoothed mug when you're gone. Video clips (including Bill Murray on Late Night's first-ever show) below...
by Bill Pearis
SVPER @ SXSW 2014 (via @BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Mix the breathy vocals of late Broadcast vocalist Trish Keenan with the hyperactive analogue synthpop of "Electricity"-era OMD and that gets you pretty close to the sound of Spanish duo SVPER who last year released their debut album (when they were known as PEGASVS). You can stream the album below.
SVPER were one of our 50 Artists We're Excited to See at SXSW and I did manage to catch them on Thursday (3/13). Sergio Pérez (who's worked on El Guincho records) and singer Luciana Della Villa face each other across a table stacked with vintage analog keyboards and other gear and play loud as all get-out. I dug it.
NYC can catch SVPER next week, as they'll be here for three shows: Wednesday (3/26) at Cameo with Noia; Thursday (3/27) at Silent Barn with Palehound, Arm Candy and Blizzard Babies; and March 28 at NYU's King Juan Carlos Center as part of the Spain Fresh Fest (more info).
If you happen to be going to Barcelona for Primavera Sound 2014, you can catch SVPER there too (and new additions Future Islands, FKA twigs, and Girl Band). And if you need more Barcelona sounds, Univers are in NYC this weekend. Stream SVPER's album (and some remixes), below...
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]
by Wyatt Marshall
Kristian Harting is a Danish-born musician set to release a haunting debut solo album, Float, on March 4 via Exile on Mainstream. The first track released from the album back in December, "Feathered Ghosts," is a chillingly beautiful nighttime ride, a mood-setting song that puts Harting's arresting voice front and center above gentle guitars and, according to Harting, circuit-bending and various dream-inducing effects. It's a songwriting formula as soothing as it is catchy, anchored by those great vocals.
Harting started out as a teenager playing a genre a world away--thrash--before moving into noisy pop and eventually forming DreamJockey, an alt pop band that did well in Denmark. With his solo work, which he began in 2004, Harting says he draws from "sufi-music, mali-blues, Western low-fi pop and avant-garde"--these inspirations are more evident on "Queen of the Highway," another beauty that has Harting sounding a bit like a chilled-out Wovenhand. It makes its premiere in this post and you can listen to it below.
Harting will be touring Europe with Future Islands and Ed Schrader's Music Beat in May. More dates TBA, but all currently known ones are listed, along with streams of "Queen of the Highway" and "Feathered Ghosts" and the LP artwork, below...
Future Islands @ Mohawk, Austin, 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Future Islands, now on 4AD and contiuing to blow up with a tour that hits Coachella, SXSW, Bowery Ballroom AND Webster Hall, just released a new video for new song "Seasons (Waiting On You)" from their new album Singles' (out March 25 on 4AD). The band writes:
The video is an honest and intimate look at the American heartland filmed in the Great Plains documenting a real life love story, the modern cowboy way of life, and capturing the landscapes that personify America. It follows a string of videos Buim has shot for the band ("Tin Man," "Balance," and "Grease") that convey the same sense of honesty, beauty and earnestness that are the cornerstones of Future Islands' music.Watch below...
"For us, sometimes, it's quite spellbinding how Jay can translate our sound into an image" explains vocalist Samuel T. Herring, "Seasons (Waiting On You)", is a song about love, letting go, learning from your mistakes and always feeling that pull--yearning for a certain love, as time goes by and seasons change. It is simply a song about the human experience."
Kylesa at Santos in 20111 (more by Samanatha Marble)
As discussed, Georgia's Savannah Stopover festival, which happens right before SXSW, is returning this year from March 6-8, and since we last spoke, the full lineup was announced. New additions include Kylesa, Wye Oak, Future Islands, Eternal Summers, Heavenly Beat, Nothing, Esben & the Witch, Spires, TEEN, Connections and many more joining previously announced names like Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Ex Hex, and more. Tickets, including 3-day pass, 2-day pass, and single day pass options, are available.
Full day-by-day lineup and updated flyer below...
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2014 - April 11-13, April 18-20
Read the full lineup below...
Baltimore Future Islands have signed to 4AD who will put out their new album, Singles, in March. No released music from that yet, but that's the LP art above. You can, however, watch a recent performance on NPR's "Tiny Desk" series below.
As mentioned, the band have a couple US shows next month, including NYC at Bowery Ballroom on February 6 which is sold out. But they've just announced a proper North American tour this spring, which will bring them back here for a show at Webster Hall on April 30. Tickets for Webster Hall go on AmEx presale today (1/8) at noon and they'll be available to the general public starting Friday (1/10) at noon. All tour dates are listed below...