Future Islands

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Songwriters

J. Gerrit Welmers
William Cashion
Samuel T. Herring

Comprised of J. Gerrit Welmers (synthesizers and programming), William Cashion (bass), and Samuel T. Herring (vocals), Future Islands has continued to make passionate music through an electronic medium for the past four years. [Although, the three have been working and performing since the spring of 2003.] They call their music “Post-Wave,” taking in part from the emotional fragility of New Wave and coupling it with the power and drive of Post-Punk. Future Islands’ music is spearheaded by Welmers, whose layers of synths and drums create the landscape for Cashion’s punching-strum style, that pulses and fights–the two–creating noise and bliss. Herring, who has been called “one of the most magnetic frontmen in indie rock,” finds his space in between. Carving through the music, at times, with a whispering croon, and at others, with a deathly wail.

Across “The Far Field“’s twelve chest-pounding love songs and odes to the road, Future Islands brilliantly express the band’s central themes they’ve been exploring for the last decade: that there is power in emotional vulnerability, that one can find a way to laugh and cry in the same breath – and be stronger for it.

The band began writing new material in January 2016 on the coast of North Carolina, and continued throughout the year in Baltimore before road-testing these songs at a series of secret shows under fake names.  Later that year, they travelled to Los Angeles to record with Grammy Award-winning producer John Congleton at the legendary Sunset Sound, where everyone from The Beach Boys to Prince have laid down masterpieces.  With string and horn arrangements by Patrick McMinn, “The Far Field” is the first Future Islands record to feature live drums by Michael Lowry, who joined the band prior to their sensational performance of ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’ on David Letterman’s late night TV show.  Blondie’s Debbie Harry also makes a guest appearance, in a duet with Herring on penultimate track ‘Shadows’.

 

Releases

Future Islands The Far Field

Aladdin
Time On Her Side
Ran
Beauty of the Road
Cave
Through the Roses
North Star
Ancient Water
Candles
Day Glow Fire
Shadows
Black Rose

Future Islands Singles

Seasons (Waiting On You)
Spirit
Sun In The Morning
Doves
Back In The Tall Grass
A Song For Our Grandfathers
Light House
Like The Moon
Fall From Grace
A Dream Of You And Me

Future Islands On the Water

On the Water
Before the Bridge
The Great Fire
Open
Where I Found You
Give Us the Wind
Close to None
Balance
Tybee Island
Grease

Future Islands Undressed

In The Fall
An Apology
Little Dreamer
Long Flight

Future Islands In Evening Air

Walking Through That Door
Long Flight
Tin Man
An Apology
In Evening Air
Swept Inside
Inch of Dust
Vireo's Eye
As I Fall

Future Islands In The Fall

Tin Man (Extended Version)
Virgo Distracts
In the Fall (Featuring Katrina Ford)
Awake & Dreaming

Future Islands Wave Like Home

Pangea
Old Friend
Flicker & Flutter
Escape Artist
Sieze a Shark
Heart Grows Old
Beach Foam
Wave Like Home
Little Dreamer