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Future Islands

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  • Formed: Greenville, NC
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: http://www.future-islands.com/
  • Recent Activity: 11.30.16 RT @TJ_Wiggles: Discovering #MossOfAura is like finding an amazing instrumental @futureislands album! I mean it is a side project but still…
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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Led by crooning frontman Samuel T. Herring, the members of Future Islands started out making electro-pop music together in 2003 while attending East Carolina University's art program. Along with Herring, the initial members of the group were Adam Beeby, William Cashion, J. Gerrit Welmers, and Kymia Nawabi, and they played shows around campus as Art Lord & the Self-Portraits. In 2006, after the band split, Herring, Cashion, and Welmers continued under the name Future Islands and picked up the Kickass bassist Erick Murillo to round out the low end. The band released a few CD-Rs, splits, and cassettes before Murillo moved in a more indie rock direction, and relocated to Baltimore with the encouragement of Dan Deacon. His producer, Chester Endersby Gwazda, recorded Future Islands' debut, Wave Like Home, in 2008, and he continued to work with the band for 2010's In the Fall EP and the full-lengths In Evening Air and 2011's On the Water, which were released by Thrill Jockey. After releasing a couple of singles in 2012, the band remained relatively quiet until the announcement in late 2013 that they had signed with legendary indie label 4AD. Their first album for the label, 2014's Singles, was a streamlined, very accessible synth pop album produced by the prolific Chris Coady. The band caused a bit of a ripple within the indie rock community when their performance of one of the album's highlights, "Seasons (Waiting on You)" on Late Night with David Letterman left the host dazzled and near speechless.


  • 11.30.16 RT @TJ_Wiggles: Discovering #MossOfAura is like finding an amazing instrumental @futureislands album! I mean it is a side project but still…
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  • 11.24.16 Sam getting his songs ready for our DJ set tonight with The Blackouts @BlackHwood 10pm. Happy Thanksgiving!! Let's… https://t.co/T7ExX1f66X
  • 11.23.16 RT @brooklynvegan: Beloved Brooklyn DIY venue Death by Audio closed 2 years ago today. Relive the final month with this photo gallery: http…
  • 11.17.16 RT @StuParmenter: 'Singles' by @futureislands stuns me every time I come back to it. A thing of absolute beauty that has no peer... that I'…
  • 11.17.16 RT @elberqueirozz: I may have heard @futureislands before, but listening to the album or several songs one after the other is a great exper…
  • 11.15.16 RT @FAMOUSCLASS: Starting today we are selling records from the personal archive and giving 100% of the money to @ACLU https://t.co/1bt2tmA…
  • 11.14.16 Pulling words
  • 11.12.16 We're almost at 100k followers!
  • 11.11.16 RT @v_bret: Always a good day when you randomly hear @futureislands playing! :)
  • 11.10.16 RT @LindsayHogan88: Thanks to Shea the bartender for pumping @futureislands at work and giving me just one moment of joy today. https://t.c…