Between songs at The Chapel’s packed Thursday night show, Future Islands front man Samuel Herring relayed his first thought upon entering the venue, “Oh, we’re going to fuck this place up.” The crowd cheered; and he would deliver on his words. The Baltimore trio (quartet with touring drummer Denny Bowen) has been playing together for ten years and has amassed a loyal pack of fans through energetic, impassioned, leave-your-guts-on-the-stage performances.
That is, Herring’s performances primarily. The placid backing band lets their instruments do the talking; Garrit Welmers’ varied synth orchestration is often euphoric to the point of overjoy, while William Cashion’s driving fuzz bass is a certain catalyst for head banging. The unique combination of sounds occupies the nether region of electric pop and hardcore punk, hitting a sweet spot for an audience that can’t decide if it wants to mosh or get funky.
Herring is the ringleader of this circus—his operatic persona is an arresting combination of extremely affecting gestures and a rich baritone voice that shifts violently from croon to growl. Read More