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Future Islands

Led by crooning frontman Samuel T. Herring, the members of Future Islands started out making electropop 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, 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 fill out their sound on an electronic drum kit. The band released a few CD-Rs, splits, and cassettes, then began work on their debut album with producer Chester Endersby Gwazda. After the album was recorded, but before it was released, the band, minus Murillo, relocated to Baltimore. Wave Like Home was released in 2008 for the Upset the Rhythm label. Future Islands toured steadily, built up a fan base, and continued refining their sound. They signed to Thrill Jockey and released two records in 2010, the In the Fall EP and the In Evening Air album. After some conflict over their next album, 2011's On the Water, the group left Thrill Jockey and went underground. Herring worked on his hip-hop side project, Hemlock Ernst, and the group quietly began work on another album. They released a single for old friends Upset the Rhythm in 2012, then in 2013 signed with 4AD. Their first album for the label, 2014's Singles, was a streamlined, very accessible synth pop album produced by Chris Coady. They caused a splash in 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 nearly speechless. The band toured extensively, appeared at Glastonbury in 2015, and that same year released a single, "The Chase"/"Haunted by You." ~ Jason Lymangrover
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Stations Featuring
Future Islands

    Coffeehouse Corner

    Coffeehouse Corner
    2 songs

    Adult Alternative

    Adult Alternative
    1 song

    Adult Rock

    Adult Rock
    1 song

    Top Indie

    Top Indie
    2 songs

    Indie Rock Mix

    2 songs

    Indie Party

    2 songs


    2 songs

Albums by
Future Islands

Top Songs by
Future Islands

  1.   Song
  2.   Seasons (Waiting on You)
  3.   Ran
  4.   Fall From Grace
  5.   The Chase
  6.   Inch of Dust
  7.   Doves
  8.   Sun in the Morning
  9.   Escape Artist
  10.   Beach Foam
  11.   Seize a Shark
  12.   Long Flight
  13.   Tin Man
  14.   Little Dreamer
  15.   Seasons (Waiting On You) [BADBADNOTGOOD Reinterpretation]
  16.   A Dream of You and Me
  17.   Light House
  18.   Nu Autobahn
  19.   Follow Me
  20.   Vireo's Eye
  21.   Flicker & Flutter
  22.   Haunted by You
  23.   Like the Moon
  24.   A Song for Our Grandfathers
  25.   Back in the Tall Grass
  26.   Spirit
  27.   The Fountain
  28.   Tomorrow
  29.   Balance
  30.   Changing Your Life
  31.   The Happiness of Being Twice
  32.   Pinnochio
  33.   Pangea
  34.   Swept Inside
  35.   An Apology
  36.   As I Fall
  37.   Walking Through That Door
  38.   Pretty Riffy
  39.   In Evening Air
  40.   Old Friend
  41.   I Don't Know Why
  42.   Wave Like Home
  43.   Heart Grows Old
  44.   Take It Back
  45.   Cave

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