Future Islands

Future Islands



Future Islands is an American synthpop band based in Baltimore, Maryland, and signed to 4AD, currently comprising Gerrit Welmers (keyboards and programming), William Cashion (bass, acoustic and electric guitars), and Samuel T. Herring (lyrics and vocals). The band was formed in January 2006 by Welmers, Cashion and Herring—the remaining members of the performance art college band Art Lord & the Self-Portraits—and drummer Erick Murillo.[1]

Murillo left in November 2007, after which the band relocated to Baltimore, MD, and released the debut album Wave Like Home through British label Upset The Rhythm in 2008. Their second album In Evening Air was released in 2010 by Thrill Jockey and in 2011 the band released their third album On the Water through the same label.

Future Islands came to prominence in 2014 with their fourth album Singles released by 4AD. Its lead single "Seasons (Waiting on You)" was considered best song of 2014 by Pitchfork,[2] and the NME[3] and its performance at the Late Show with David Letterman in March 2014, became the most-viewed video on the show's YouTube page.[4]

On April 7, 2017, the band released their fifth album The Far Field. Described by Consequence of Sound as "one of the best live bands around",[5] Future Islands locked main-stage sets at some of the world's biggest music festivals—Coachella, Panorama, Bonnaroo[4]and the Glastonbury Festival,[6]— and sold out many dates on their European summer tour, even before the album was released.[7]



The Far Field
The Far Field is the fifth studio album by American synthpop band Future Islands, released on April 7, 2017 through 4AD.
Cave is a song by musical group Future Islands, released on March 24, 2017.
Ran is a song by musical group Future Islands, released on February 1, 2017.
Singles is the fourth studio album by American synthpop band Future Islands, released on March 24, 2014 through 4AD Records.

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The National Homecoming Festival to Feature Father John Misty, Feist, Future Islands, The Breeders & More
  –  January 8, 2018
Future Islands, The Breeders and Lord Huron. The event, presented in association with MusicNow -- the envelope-pushing annual Cincinnati festival of contemporary and avant garde music founded by National guitarist Bryce Dessner -- will also feature sets ...
The National reveal lineup for 2018 Homecoming Festival: Father John Misty, Feist, The Breeders
  –  January 8, 2018
Also performing are Father John Misty, Feist, Future Islands, The Breeders, Lord Huron, Julien Baker, Moses Sumney, Alvvays, and Big Thief. More artists will be announced in the coming weeks, as will a number of additional events spread across the city.
The National Enlist Father John Misty, Feist for Homecoming Festival
  –  January 8, 2018
Future Islands, the Breeders, Lord Huron will also perform at band's inaugural event, set in hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio The National recruited Father John Misty, Feist, Future Islands, the Breeders and Lord Huron for their inaugural Homecoming festival.
The National’s Inaugural Homecoming Music Festival Has A Killer Lineup
  –  January 8, 2018
The band is also curating the lineup and they’ve already signed on Julien Baker, Moses Sumney, The Breeders, Future Islands, and Father John Misty to name a few. “As a rock band, we play with other rock bands. But we also do projects with visual artists.
The National’s Homecoming Festival Reveals Inaugural Lineup
  –  January 8, 2018
The National will present their own Homecoming Festival in their hometown of Cincinnati, OH, this April, and the band has revealed the event’s inaugural lineup, which features Father John Misty, Feist, Future Islands and more. The host band will also be ...
The National Line Up Father John Misty, Breeders, Julien Baker, & More For Homecoming Festival
  –  January 8, 2018
The National themselves are headlining both nights, 4/28 and 4/29, with two completely different sets, and they’ll be supported by other Stereogum favorites like Father John Misty, Future Islands, the Breeders, Lord Huron, Julien Baker, Moses Sumney ...
Cincinnati's Homecoming music festival announces initial lineup: Father John Misty, Feist, more
  –  January 8, 2018
Also performing at Homecoming are Future Islands, The Breeders, Lord Huron, Julien Baker, Moses Sumney, Alvvays and Big Thief. More performers will be announced. The fest will take place Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29, at Smale Park, 100 Ted Berry Way ...
The National Homecoming Festival to Feature Father John Misty, Feist, Future Islands, The Breeders & More
  –  January 8, 2018
Nobody told The National that you can't go home again. The Cincinnati-bred rockers revealed the all-star lineup for the inaugural edition of their upcoming Homecoming festival on Monday morning (Jan. 8) and it features the expected, eclectic mix of indie ...
This huge project could change the wind game
  –  January 6, 2018
For starters, while TenneT plans to build the artificial island (and pay for most of the 1.5 billion euro price tag), the company is not allowed to build the wind farm — potentially multiple wind farms — that the island or future islands would support.
18 for ’18: the talent and trends tipped for the top in 2018
  –  December 31, 2017
As if that wasn’t enough, it continues the following weekend with concerts headlined by the National (plus the War on Drugs and Future Islands) and Nick Cave (plus Patti Smith, St Vincent and more). More related events are still to be announced.
The Week in Music: Paste's Favorite Songs, Albums, Performances and More
  –  December 29, 2017
But we also kept our eye on what was new. Alexander released a lovely new record, and Future Islands and Vintage Trouble each unveiled new songs. Paste Studio hosted stellar performances by Grammy-nominated PJ Morton and Tony-winner Michael Cerveris ...
Mix of musical genres kept listeners smiling this year
  –  December 28, 2017
One could accuse “Conditions” of being predictable, but why tamper with a formula that works so well? 12.Future Islands — ‘The Far Field’ (April) The Baltimore outfit gains momentum on its fifth, a tight study in post-punk and new wave that ...
The Best TV Soundtracks of 2017
  –  December 27, 2017
How better to close out a pilot than with “Seasons (Waiting on You)” by Future Islands? What better way to capture the promise and uncertainty of the world outside than Passion Pit’s “Moth’s Wings”? “True Affection” is the perfect title for ...
Omaha makes a cameo in new Future Islands video, 'Beauty of the Road'
  –  December 14, 2017
The band released its video for “Beauty of the Road,” and it consists entirely of live performances by the band including dynamic frontman Samuel Herring. Omaha crowds make a few appearances in the video, and they’re pretty easy to spot. While most ...
Future Islands are irresistible at Brixton Academy, London - review
  –  November 23, 2017
Where do you start with a frontman like Samuel T Herring? The theatrical belly slides, performed with little-to-no disregard for the consequent friction burns? The voice that seems plucked from a Memphis soul record, but regularly mutates into a bowel ...
Future Islands roar into Brooklyn Steel for a third powerful, sold-out show
  –  October 13, 2017
Future Islands stepped on to the stage for the third-straight day at Brooklyn Steel to fill the air with their poetic songs of nostalgia, yearning and loss. “I know it’s scary, but we have to open up,” lead singer Samuel T. Herring preached to the ...


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