Who Wants to be a Cop Now? – Baltimore Magazine
Future Islands: The Unlikely Rise of Baltimore’s Heartache Kings – Rolling Stone
Baltimore trio Future Islands has thrown a bone to hometown fans by adding two more shows at the Ottobar after the first one sold out.
The members of Baltimore-based synthpop trio Future Islands are making sure fans in their home city are the first to hear them play their new album live.
Baltimore’s Future Islands shot to stardom (after a long grind) after their viral Letterman performance in 2014, but their new level of fame hasn’t slowed down the individual members’ work in other fields.
You may have noticed we’ve been gabbing about Future Islands quite a bit at the Baltimore Fishbowl as of late. But it’s not just because we’re fans of the Baltimore band’s dramatic take on synth-pop. From dazzling audiences (and Dave himself!) on Letterman, to becoming the toast of Austin’s South by Southwest festival, they’ve been having a pretty notable month!
Here’s another example of one big reason why: frontman Samuel T. Herring’s singular stage movements. NPR’s “All Songs Considered” posted a slow-motion video of Herring rolling his body like he’s standing behind a heat haze while performing at South by Southwest.
Here it is. I’m not generally superstitious, but a little of this on a Monday has got to be good luck for the rest of your week!
It was exciting enough that one of our favorite hometown bands, Future Islands, perform on David Letterman the other night. What’s even cooler has been watching Mr. Letterman himself suddenly morph into one of their biggest fans.
Baltimore’s favorite synth-pop trio (quartet now that they’ve added
Roomrunner’s Denny Bowen Michael Lowry on drums) absolutely killed it on their late night television debut last night, performing “Seasons (Waiting on You)” on the Late Show with David Letterman.
During the obligatory handshake session after the song, Letterman seemed to express genuine excitement about the band, saying “How ’bout that?! I’ll take all of that you got! Future Islands! That was wonderful!” and asking bandleader Paul Schaffer, “What do you think, Paul?”
I have no trouble believing Will Oldham (AKA Bonnie “Prince” Billy) would cover Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough” — I could even imagine what it would sound like, to the point where I could probably get his version stuck in my head without having heard it. But Will Oldham collaborating with Oxes — the legendary Baltimore three-piece known for dissonant, technical guitar workouts — on a cover of the song sounds like an event with a probability of zero. Trying to guess what it would sound like makes my head hurt.