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Future Islands North American Fall Tour Lands in Charlotte

Future Islands North American Fall Tour Lands in Charlotte

Future Islands is not a band making name for itself, but a band that has made a name for itself. With a unique sound and incredibly unique stage presence thanks to lead singer Samuel Herring, the band has created a loyal following and impressive catalog of albums.


Nearing the end of their North American tour in support of their latest album The Far Field the band made a stop in Charlotte, North Carolina with support from friends Ed Schrader’s Music Beat.


A defining word for a Future Islands show would be performance and so for an opening act to “keep up” it’s important for their sound to be matched by performance.


With just two musicians on stage, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat could initially be thought to not have much to offer on the performance front, but performance is a defining factor of their sound and it pours through on stage with energetic charisma.


With a non-existent stage set up the duo were able to employ lights, rhythm, and presence to establish a connection with the audience and really set the tone for a unique evening of music.


Beginning promptly the band played about 45 minutes worth of music, and while I was not familiar with their sound prior to this night the band kept my attention and the audience’s as they found themselves settling into the Fillmore.


So, with the audience intrigued and the Fillmore full it was time for Future Islands to take the stage. There are lots of adjectives one could use to describe a Future Islands performance but unique would be one of my favorites.


The stage set up with a simple colored backdrop and equipment set up a good distance back from the front of the stage were the first hint to the energy driven performance to come from singer and performer Samuel Herring who occupies all of the stage at seemingly every moment of the show. It seems impossible to refer to Samuel Herring as a “lead singer” or “frontman”.


He truly does so much more through his dancing, facial expressions, and what seems like a sacrifice of emotion on stage. With a quick shout out to Charlotte’s World Famous Milestone Club, which the band played many times as they grew, they opened the night with the song “Grease” from their 2011 album On the Water.


Opening the night with a song from an earlier album in their catalog was a good sign for their fans and they continued to deliver a good mix from their large catalog including breakout songs from 2014’s Singles and their latest The Far Field.


At every moment of the show the band seemed to be delivering what the audience wanted. While it is easy to become captivated with Herring and his ability to pull you in it’s the remaining band members Gerrit Welmers, William Cashion, and touring drummer Michael Lowry that deliver the rhythm and throughout the entire evening it was easy to see their impact within the singing, swaying, dancing, and jumping of the audience members clearly engaged.


The music of Future Islands is full of genuine feeling and emotion and their live performance is no different. You walk away from a Future Islands show with a genuine reinforcement of the passion felt within their music and for me a new relationship to songs which I had listened to many times before.


This stop was one of the last on this current tour and for now no additional dates are posted, but in the future if you are able to catch a live show from Future Islands it is highly recommended that you do.


A Future Islands show is as much performance art as it is a live show and you will participate in an experience not just a concert.


See full gallery of the night!






Photographer Josh Gooch is a North Carolina native and a graduate of Appalachian State, Josh Gooch works in education, teaching graphic design at the community college level. Photography became a passion during his college career, and remained a constant addition to the ever-present soundtrack of life. Privileged to have turned an ear to hip-hop at a young age, after developing a love of music from ‘80s radio, Josh found that the revelation of rock music in high school was what led him to really devote serious amounts of attention to music. From there it was that first club show that sparked an addiction to live music and the exposure to various forms of it during the college years, cementing a love of passion and truth in music. Now, with the ability to combine the passions of photography and music, he hopes to continue to develop a creative voice that others appreciate.

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