31 Mar 2017

The past and present of Future Islands

From RNZ Music, 4:00 pm on 31 March 2017
Future Islands

Future Islands Photo: supplied

Baltimore band Future Islands have been making their own impassioned brand of synth pop since 2006.

They’re still best known for their turbo-charged performance of “Seasons (Waiting On You)” on The Late Show With David Letterman. The performance drew attention for singer Samuel Herring’s wild-eyed dance moves.

On-stage Herring dispenses with any vanity and completely commits to his stage persona, making him the band’s gif-friendly centre of attention.

But Future Islands are also accomplished songwriters, consistently delivering woozy romanticism through a New Wave lens.

Ahead of the release of their 5th album The Far Field, we talked to Samuel about his life growing up in North Carolina, being influenced by everything from Three 6 Mafia to Danzig, and channeling heartbreak into pop.