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 you. The album, Singles, for me has been a touchstone I’ve returned to again and again over a particular difficult 12 months personally and I’m not ashamed that whist singing at the top of my lungs along to Seasons (Waiting For You) I shed a few tears. That’s what made this show special, emotions shown on stage were reciprocated by everyone in the crowd. Of all the bands and singers I like and admire, Future Islands never fail to do something every time I listen to them, they make me smile and in today’s world that’s truly something special.
Packed in like sardines.
It made me think..
Maybe there is such a thing as the healing power of music.