Nothing could have prepared me for the incredible show that Future Islands put on at The Fonda last night, the first of two (and both sold out). Not even the several warnings of friends who had seen them before. “You’re in for an experience,” or “Oh man, they’re awesome!” were among them. I was worried they were over-hyping the show for me, but I was wrong. So wrong.
The moment the band came out, at around 11:20pm, the room erupted in applause and cheers. It was a later than usual show and the crowd was anxious to do some dancing. Frontman Samuel T. Herring took care of business right away and seemed like he was doing his own version of the Barre Method on stage. By the third song, he was already sweating like crazy. He sang every word with such emotional intensity and made me pay attention until the very end. His signature roars and grunts were met with almost a euphoric response from both male and female attendees. William Cashion killed those bass lines while making it seem easy, and Gerrit Welmers quietly provided the danceable synths for the night.
Future Islands live really proved to be an exhilarating and memorable experience. I’m about to see them again at FYF Fest this weekend, and while I’m sure they’ll be just as good, I’m glad I was able to catch them in a dark music venue where their music and energy seemed best at home, front and center. (PS: Don’t forget to let the animated Sam GIF below load!)