There are a number of reasons why Future Islands really matter. Firstly there’s the music itself; a tumultuous storm of weird and wired indie rock that can simmer and stew before lurching off down some riveting excursion so full of pop hooks you can barely catch your breath. Then there’s the story behind them, and the way they cultivated a sound over a number of years and albums before grabbing their moment in the spotlight with all the vigour of a number-one contender. Finally there’s that live show; the band’s gnarly electronic-splashed pop songs sitting like the most decadent of backdrops for frontman Samuel T. Herring to simply come alive upon. A fireball of pent-up energy and anger, he channels it all through a series of singular dance moves - all flailing limbs and transfixing facial expressions - that juxtapose the accompanying music to create a show unlike any other.
"Seasons change" the band told us, and their 2014 “Singles” LP exemplified such a thing, thrusting Future Islands in to the heady heights of indie-rock royalty in one breathless leap. With their newly announced album set to take 2017 by storm, Baltimore’s finest look set to cement such a standing - and Green Man couldn’t be more excited to have them headline our fifteenth birthday event, for a party like no other.
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