Discovery Music: Future Islands

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Future Islands spent the better part of 2016 testing out their new material in front of live audiences – under a different band name. Then again, the band’s frontman, Samuel T. Herring, is the same guy whose known for rapping under names like “Hemlock Ernst” and “Flesh Epic.” So, maybe performing in disguise isn’t too off-the-wall for these rising stars.

Whatever name Herring and his synthpop foursome go by, the sound is good. Hauntingly good. Their new single, “Ran,” vanishes as quickly as it comes, flickering like a lonely road sign swept under headlights on a long desert highway.

PHOTO CREDIT: FUTURE ISLANDS

Future Islands first came on our radar in 2014 when they made their network television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman (…in what might simultaneously be the weirdest and most endearing late night show performance of the last decade – look it up). Since then, it’s been nothing but much-deserved growth for these guys, who celebrate their shimmering wall-of-sound aesthetic in all its grandeur on their latest effort, The Far Field, which dropped on April 7.

PHOTO CREDIT: FUTURE ISLANDS

Whether you’re drawn by Herring’s incomparable gravelly vocals, his young-Marlon-Brando-good-looks, or those smooth-as-glass synth beats that lay the band’s rock solid foundation… there’s something for everyone in Future Islands.

The band will be going on tour in support of their fifth full-length record, kicking off with four consecutive sold-out dates in their hometown of Baltimore. You can also find them at Bonaroo and venues all over the U.S. and Europe this year.

 

Learn more about Future Islands: http://www.future-islands.com/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/future-islands

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/futureislands/

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