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Future Islands @ Malkin Bowl – May 24th 2015

Future Islands 2015

This is how cool David Letterman is. He booked Future Islands last year, a band that barely anyone at the time cared about outside Pitchfork. The minute that the band performed Seasons I instantly fell in love with them. It took 8 years and 4 albums later for the band to get any recognition, however, their Letterman debut escalated the buzz and made them Youtube sensations. In fact David Letterman was such a huge fan of this band that he had them come back during his last few weeks of his show. Letterman gave one of the best introductions for a band that I’ve seen to date. He was just that taken away by Future Islands. Who wouldn’t be. They’re a band that is addicting to watch and listen to.

In all fairness my best friend Peter did tell me about Future Islands not ‘cause he was into them but ‘cause he knew that it would be something up my ally.

I got on the bandwagon and stayed there with everyone else. Their brand of synth pop, semi cookie-cutter beats and themes aren’t for everyone. It’s like a fun car crash you just can’t turn away from which is the partial appeal about this band.

I am no stranger to their performance as they were one of the highlights for me during Primavera 2014.

There was a manic intensity to the shows brought on by lead singer Samuel who danced like a crazy man. Think Elaine Benes times 4. Some people mock his dancing, however, everyone in the crowd celebrated and cheered. The best way to describe his dancing is like a human dreidel: Unsteady, spinning and all over the place. His dancing has become legendary at this point. It’s something to be seen rather than described, therefore, I heavily encourage everyone reading this to check out some live performance clips on Youtube. His dancing made for some awesome circulated GIF’S.

He made the audience comfortable expressing their bad dancing. I dance like Elaine Benes. It was one of the few times in which I felt comfortable in my own skin for being a bad dancer. I just went for it. Kudos to the guy next to me who was mirroring every single move of Samuel’s without a second thought. The rest of the band were toe gazers, however, they’re allowed to take a vacation considering the heavy lifting that Samuel was doing to entertain.

Samuel was all smiles. It took him 2 songs to really get into the grove as he tested the waters a bit. Once the audience gave him a positive reception he let loose. His shirt was soaked by the 4th song like Springsteen working the stage. My jaw hurts from smiling the whole time.

The energy and the dancing was very contagious. Even those who were initially trying their hardest to be passive and adamant about not caving in eventually did. By the time the 4th song rolled around the band had the entire field dancing, some more than others. We were helpless by the music and submitted ourselves to the beat.

The music itself resembles something out of out the 80’s with a little bit of a modern dance flare. There is a lot of New Order influence in the music.

The audience around me was very into the show. It was packed inside Malkin for an opening act which rarely happens. Even those who were sitting on the hill unfamiliar with the band were instantly sold. It’s very rare that I’ve seen people chant for the opening band to play one more song.

Sadly they only played for 45 minutes opening for Spoon even though they have enough in their catalogue to play a full 90 minute show. The performance did leave the audience hungry for more. Hopefully the positive reception will be encourage the band to come back and headline a club show.

Most left after Future Islands, myself included. Spoon are decent but not worthy for me to spend the rest of my evening for.

I was already a fan to begin with walking in, however, came out of the show having madly fall in love with every aspect of the band. I didn’t think that this was possible, but with music anything is.

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