Future Islands at Webster Hall
You know you’re doing something right when Webster Hall is packed to the rafters with your adoring fans, on the rainiest night New Yorkers can remember. Future Islands don’t mess about. The Baltimore foursome, sonically compared to Blood Orange and The War On Drugs, have only been on the scene for a few years, and last Wednesday was their first NYC headline show. The words "Sold" and "Out" reflected off the wet umbrellas that queued outside the venue an hour before the doors opened.
After a hilarious and riotous supporting performance from Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, lead singer Samuel T. Herring and his band took the stage. He is a force to be reckoned with. His stage presence and theatrical performance had the 1,500-strong crowd jumping up and down to the pumping baseline and soaring synth lines. "Balance" and "Seasons" were the tracks that to me, stood out most. Rarely do I dance that much at gigs; I highly recommend it. After such blissful entertainment, walking home in the rain wasn’t so bad after all.
Photos by Jamie Burke