O2 Apollo Manchester
Like most I first became aware of Future Islands via the viral video of their performance of Seasons on David Letterman. 3 years, 2 albums and numerous failed attempts I finally get to see them in the flesh. Entering to a darkened stage the opening notes signal a transformation into a red backdrop, the up lights marking Sam T Herring as some possessed preacher fighting demons’ song by song for the next 2 hours. Each synth pop opus sees him gyrating and sliding across the floor, his voice switching from a smooth baritone to death metal growl in an instant. Punching, pleading, winning each battle against the unseen hordes before taking a breath and starting all over again. He is not alone in his endeavour, watched over by William Cashion (bass), Gerrit Welmers (keyboards) & Michael Lowry (drums) who propel the tales of melancholia along with sublime dance beats. The crowd cheering and dancing, willing Sam on to reach the heights. It truly is a site to see. Promoting the current album, The Far Fields and covering much of the Singles album you cannot help but get caught up in the whirlwind before » Continue Reading.