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Background informationFuture Islands_header_cell_0_1_0
OriginFuture Islands_header_cell_0_2_0 Greenville, North Carolina, United StatesFuture Islands_cell_0_2_1
GenresFuture Islands_header_cell_0_3_0 Synthpop, alternative rock, indie popFuture Islands_cell_0_3_1
Years activeFuture Islands_header_cell_0_4_0 2006–presentFuture Islands_cell_0_4_1
LabelsFuture Islands_header_cell_0_5_0 4AD, Thrill Jockey, Upset The Rhythm, Friends RecordsFuture Islands_cell_0_5_1
Associated actsFuture Islands_header_cell_0_6_0 Art Lord & the Self-Portraits, The Snails, Moss of Aura, Peals, Hemlock ErnstFuture Islands_cell_0_6_1
WebsiteFuture Islands_header_cell_0_7_0 Future Islands_cell_0_7_1
MembersFuture Islands_header_cell_0_9_0 Gerrit Welmers
William Cashion
Samuel Herring
Michael LowryFuture Islands_cell_0_9_1
Past membersFuture Islands_header_cell_0_11_0 Erick MurilloFuture Islands_cell_0_11_1

Future Islands is an American synthpop band based in Baltimore, Maryland, comprising Gerrit Welmers (keyboards and programming), William Cashion (bass, acoustic and electric guitars), Samuel T. Herring (lyrics and vocals), and Michael Lowry (percussion). Future Islands_sentence_0

The band was formed in January 2006 by Welmers, Cashion and Herring—the remaining members of the performance art college band Art Lord & the Self-Portraits—and drummer Erick Murillo. Future Islands_sentence_1

Future Islands came to prominence in 2014 with their fourth album Singles released by 4AD. Future Islands_sentence_2

Its lead single "Seasons (Waiting on You)" was considered best song of 2014 by Pitchfork, and NME and its performance at the Late Show with David Letterman in March 2014, became the most-viewed video on the show's YouTube page. Future Islands_sentence_3

History Future Islands_section_0

2003–2005: Origins – Art Lord & the Self-Portraits Future Islands_section_1

Main article: Art Lord & the Self-Portraits Future Islands_sentence_4

Sam Herring and Gerrit Welmers grew up in Morehead City, North Carolina, two streets away from each other, and attended the same middle school in Newport, North Carolina. Future Islands_sentence_5

They became friends around 1998, when they were in 8th grade. Future Islands_sentence_6

Herring had started making hip-hop music when he was 13 or 14, while Gerrit was a skater with interests in metal and punk music who bought his first guitar at age 14. Future Islands_sentence_7

Having different musical backgrounds, they did not consider making music together during high school. Future Islands_sentence_8

William Cashion started playing guitar when he was around 13, having had a couple of bands as a teenager in Raleigh, where he commuted to high school from Wendell, North Carolina. Future Islands_sentence_9

In 2002 he enrolled in the painting and drawing program at ECU and had drawing classes with Sam Herring. Future Islands_sentence_10

The idea to form a band came while Cashion was helping Herring study for an art history exam. Future Islands_sentence_11

They invited local record shop personality Adam Beeby to play rhythmic keyboards and fellow art student Kymia Nawabi for percussion and backing vocals. Future Islands_sentence_12

After a tumultuous debut on Valentine's Day February 14, 2003, at Soccer Moms' House, Herring also invited Welmers to join the band. Future Islands_sentence_13

Only Cashion and Welmers already played a musical instrument—the guitar—but Cashion took the bass and Welmers the keyboards, for a Kraftwerk-inspired sound. Future Islands_sentence_14

Sam Herring played Locke Ernst-Frost, an arrogant narcissistic artist from Germany, Ohio, dressed in a 70s-inspired white suit with slicked-back hair, and a heavy German accent. Future Islands_sentence_15

The character's name originally was meant to be Oarlock Ernest Frost but it got shortened as a reference to John Locke, the religious poet; Max Ernst, the artist; and Robert Frost, the American poet. Future Islands_sentence_16

The band quickly gained a local reputation and started touring the underground venues in the Southeast, playing shows with North Carolina acts like Valient Thorr and Baltimore artists such as Height, Videohippos, OCDJ, Nuclear Power Pants, Santa Dads, Ecstatic Sunshine, Blood Baby, Ponytail and electronic musician Dan Deacon whom they met during a show on May 26, 2004. Future Islands_sentence_17

Nawabi who was already a senior when Cashion, Herring and Welmers were freshmen, left the band to prepare for her graduation project in June–July 2003. Future Islands_sentence_18

When Adam Beeby had to leave Greenville in September 2005, the remaining members dissolved the band. Future Islands_sentence_19

2006–2007: Formation – Little Advances Future Islands_section_2

When Art Lord & the Self Portraits disbanded in late 2005, its members forgot they had discussed with alt-country band The Texas Governor the possibility of touring together. Future Islands_sentence_20

Future Islands was formed in early 2006 to keep that commitment, with an original line-up consisting of Cashion, Herring, Welmers and Erick Murillo—bassist for The Kickass —who played an electronic drum kit. Future Islands_sentence_21

Already as Art Lord & the Self-Portraits, the band wanted to change their image and took this opportunity to do so. Future Islands_sentence_22

William Cashion stated: "Me and Gerrit had been talking for a while about how we wanted to get rid of the gimmick. Future Islands_sentence_23

We wanted to be taken seriously. Future Islands_sentence_24

Our songs had outgrown the gimmick that the band was made on. Future Islands_sentence_25

The songs were starting to deal with bigger, personal, universal themes. Future Islands_sentence_26

We wanted to be taken seriously." Future Islands_sentence_27

The band played their first show on February 12, 2006, at an anti-Valentine's Day party in a venue called the Turducken house, opening for about a dozen bands. Future Islands_sentence_28

After writing 6-7 songs in only one week, they had to come up with a new name quickly, narrowing it down to two choices—Future Shoes and Already Islands—and combining them into one. Future Islands_sentence_29

Future Islands self-released the EP Little Advances on April 28, 2006, which they recorded in March 2006. Future Islands_sentence_30

A couple of months later, Herring dropped out of college and left Greenville to deal with a substance abuse problem he had acquired: "In June, I left town and didn't come back. Future Islands_sentence_31

It was just drug problems, man. Future Islands_sentence_32

I got sucked into the darkness of partying and shit college kids do. Future Islands_sentence_33

I came clean to my parents and said, 'Look, I have a problem and need your help.' Future Islands_sentence_34

I stayed at my parent's for about a month and then moved across the state to Asheville, North Carolina. Future Islands_sentence_35

It took about a year for me to get my act together." Future Islands_sentence_36

The band still continued and on January 6, 2007, they self-released a split CD with Welmers' solo project Moss of Aura, recorded in December 2006. Future Islands_sentence_37

2007–2008: Wave Like Home Future Islands_section_3

In July 2007, Future Islands recorded their debut album Wave Like Home with Chester Endersby Gwazda at Backdoor Skateshop in Greenville. Future Islands_sentence_38

As Cashion describes: "When we did Wave Like Home, we were working with a really tight schedule. Future Islands_sentence_39

Sam lived in Asheville and could only be in Greenville to record for a week or so, and we had to work very fast. Future Islands_sentence_40

We recorded the whole album in 3 days, and we spent about a month mixing it." Future Islands_sentence_41

After a Halloween party in 2007, Erick Murillo quit the band. Future Islands_sentence_42

Having finished his degree, Cashion moved back to Raleigh: "We were scattered across North Carolina. Future Islands_sentence_43

I was living in Raleigh on friends' couches, Gerrit was in Greenville and Sam was in Asheville, which was five hours away." Future Islands_sentence_44

Between November 2007 and June 2008, Future Islands—encouraged by Dan Deacon and Benny Boeldt from Baltimore band Adventure—relocated to Baltimore. Future Islands_sentence_45

Cashion moved in November, Herring in January and finally Welmers. Future Islands_sentence_46

There, they could have access to cheap rent, be part of a supportive community and be closer to cities like New York and Washington, which allowed them to tour more extensively. Future Islands_sentence_47

During the first half of 2008, the band added another drummer, Sam Ortiz from the Baltimore band Thrust Lab, who left weeks before the start of their first national tour in late July. Future Islands_sentence_48

On August 5, 2008, the band released the track "Follow You (Pangea Version)" as part of a split 7" with Deacon, through the label 307 Knox Records. Future Islands_sentence_49

Future Islands' track on the EP "Follow You (Pangea version)" was recorded in April 2006 at the Bonque house in Greenville, North Carolina during the Pangea sessions: the band's first proper session with Chester Endersby Gwazda. Future Islands_sentence_50

London-based label Upset The Rhythm released Wave Like Home on August 25, 2008, which made sales difficult in the US due to the import costs. Future Islands_sentence_51

The cover art was designed by Kymia Nawabi, a former member of Art Lord & the Self-Portraits. Future Islands_sentence_52

She also designed the cover art of the Feathers and Hallways 7" which was recorded in Oakland, California, on July 21, 2008, during their first U.S. tour. Future Islands_sentence_53

Produced by Chester Endersby Gwazda, it was released on April 15, 2009, by Upset The Rhythm. Future Islands_sentence_54

This single was their first release as a focused three-piece: "We have definitely talked about adding a drummer at some point, when the time is right, but right now it just makes sense to be a three piece if, for nothing else, the fact that it is really easy to tour as a three piece. Future Islands_sentence_55

We really have very little gear. Future Islands_sentence_56

We really just have PA speakers for the keyboard and a bass amp." Future Islands_sentence_57

2008–2010: In Evening Air Future Islands_section_4

Main article: In Evening Air Future Islands_sentence_58

The strain of the band's first two consecutive national tours led to the end of Herring's long-term relationship in late 2008. Future Islands_sentence_59

This became the theme of Future Islands' second album In Evening Air whose first songs were written right after the breakup. Future Islands_sentence_60

In early 2009, the band toured Europe for the first time. Future Islands_sentence_61

The song "Tin Man" took the band through Dan Deacon's Bromst US and European tour. Future Islands_sentence_62

Later that year, the band signed to independent record company Thrill Jockey. Future Islands_sentence_63

It was Double Dagger's bassist Bruce Willen who was responsible for giving the label a demo that contained early mixes of "Tin Man", "Walking Through That Door", "Long Flight" and "As I Fall". Future Islands_sentence_64

Future Islands began writing the rest of the album after Whartscape 2009 and recorded it in the band's living room in the historic Marble Hill neighborhood in Baltimore, with Chester Enderby Gwazda in July 2009. Future Islands_sentence_65

Released May 4, 2010, the cover art was again designed by Kymia Nawabi. Future Islands_sentence_66

In February 2010, Future Islands released through the NYC art collective Free Danger the EP The Post Office Chapel Wave with remixes by Pictureplane, Javelin, Jones and Moss Of Aura, and collaborations with No Age and Victoria Legrand from Beach House. Future Islands_sentence_67

Future Islands debut with Thrill Jockey was the EP In the Fall released in April 2010 and produced by Chester Enderby Gwazda. Future Islands_sentence_68

Its title track featured vocals by Katrina Ford from Celebration. Future Islands_sentence_69

The EP also included an extended version of "Tin Man", a 2007 track "Virgo Distracts" and "Awake and Dreaming" which had been written for In Evening Air but did not fit the mood of the album. Future Islands_sentence_70

The cover art was shot by Bruce Willen from Post Typography. Future Islands_sentence_71

Interested in expanding their sound, on July 7, 2010, the band recorded Undressed, an acoustic EP at Mobtown Studios, Baltimore for a radio broadcast. Future Islands_sentence_72

Produced by Mat Leffler-Schulman, the art cover was again designed by Kymia Nawabi. Future Islands_sentence_73

Played live at an art opening and at Whartscape 2010, the EP was released in September of that year: "We had been talking about arranging and performing an acoustic show for a while, and in the summer of 2010, Elena Johnston and Natasha Tylea invited us to do an acoustic performance at the opening of the "Wild Nothing" photography show that they curated. Future Islands_sentence_74

We got some friends together and figured out the acoustic versions." Future Islands_sentence_75

On November 4, 2010, Future Islands released a split 7" with the Raleigh band Lonnie Walker featuring the track "The Ink Well". Future Islands_sentence_76

The cover art was by Elena Johnston and the single lead to the creation of the Baltimore independent label Friends Records. Future Islands_sentence_77

2011–2012: On the Water Future Islands_section_5

Main article: On the Water (album) Future Islands_sentence_78

Following a year of solid touring, Future Islands recorded their third album On the Water in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, between late May and early June 2011 with producer Chester Endersby Gwazda. Future Islands_sentence_79

William Cashion commented "Being secluded and free from distractions was the most important aspect of our going to North Carolina. Future Islands_sentence_80

Our friend Abe [Sanders] pretty much let us take over his house for ten days, and that gave us a lot of freedom to focus on writing and recording." Future Islands_sentence_81

Not wanting to be pigeonholed, the band went against the expectation generated by In Evening Air, and the upbeat tone of the previous album was followed by a slow-burning record. Future Islands_sentence_82

Welmers' dance-floor-ready synthesizer and Cashion's uptempo bass were stripped down. Future Islands_sentence_83

The tone of the lyrics changed, according to Herring: "Because I didn't have that same anger, so I don't write about it." Future Islands_sentence_84

Friction between the band and Thrill Jockey started to appear during the recording sessions, as Herring commented: "We had some issues. Future Islands_sentence_85

There was someone from the label hanging around talking about deadlines. Future Islands_sentence_86

Can we not talk about business while writing a song? Future Islands_sentence_87

Do you want it to be a good album, or do you want it to come out on time?" Future Islands_sentence_88

Pressured by their label, the band rushed the mix and promotion of the album. Future Islands_sentence_89

The lead single "Before the Bridge/Find Love" was released on July 19, 2011, and the album on October 11, 2011. Future Islands_sentence_90

It featured a duet with Jenn Wasner from Wye Oak on the track "The Great Fire" and the art cover was designed by Baltimore artist Elena Johnston. Future Islands_sentence_91

After one year of touring On the Water, the band broke ties with their label. Future Islands_sentence_92

On July 17, 2012, Future Islands released a charity split single with Baltimore band Ed Schrader's Music Beat through Famous Class records, featuring the song "Cotton Flower" and on September 3, 2012, they released the single "Tomorrow/The Fountain" through their previous label—Upset the Rhythm. Future Islands_sentence_93

2013–2015: Singles Future Islands_section_6

Main article: Singles (Future Islands album) Future Islands_sentence_94

Having toured for five consecutive years, in 2013 Future Islands was finally able to afford taking a break from the road, to write their fourth album: "We sank everything we had into [Singles]. Future Islands_sentence_95

It's definitely our most polished record. Future Islands_sentence_96

We were able to take time off the road because of the money we had saved from years of touring, so were able to write while not under the pressure of being in between tours." Future Islands_sentence_97

They started writing in February 2013 in a rented hunting cabin in rural North Carolina, while rehearsing for the ten-year anniversary of Art Lord & the Self-Portraits' first show. Future Islands_sentence_98

About the writing process, Herring described: "We ended up demoing about 24 or 25 songs, then went into the studio and decided to do 13 of those, and by the end of it we decided it would be a ten-track record. Future Islands_sentence_99

The writing process started in February – there were two or three songs that we had from the year before that we'd demoed – we stopped writing in the last week of July, and went into the studio in the first week of August. Future Islands_sentence_100

So there was a good five and a half, six months of writing, and getting together two or three times a week over that period to just jam and see what came up." Future Islands_sentence_101

The band financed the album and recorded it at the Dreamland studios in Hurley, New York, in August 2013 with producer Chris Coady. Future Islands_sentence_102

In early 2014, the Future Islands announced they had signed a three-album deal to 4AD, who released Singles on March 24, 2014. Future Islands_sentence_103

The cover art was by mixed media artist Beth Hoeckel. Future Islands_sentence_104

The band made their network television début on March 3, 2014, on The Late Show with David Letterman, performing the lead single "Seasons (Waiting on You)". Future Islands_sentence_105

Their performance on the show, particularly Herring's onstage antics, became an internet success, and garnered millions of views on YouTube. Future Islands_sentence_106

"Seasons (Waiting on You)" was eventually named the best song of 2014 by Pitchfork Media, the Pazz & Jop critics' poll, and Consequence of Sound. Future Islands_sentence_107

The success of the album lead the Singles tour to extend itself until November 2015. Future Islands_sentence_108

In February 2015, Future Islands wrote the single "The Chase"/"Haunted by You" and recorded it in March with producer Jim Eno at Public Hi-Fi, Austin, Texas. Future Islands_sentence_109

The single was released on April 29, 2015, with a cover art by Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez. Future Islands_sentence_110

2016–2019: The Far Field Future Islands_section_7

Main article: The Far Field (Future Islands album) Future Islands_sentence_111

In 2016, Future Islands took a break from touring and started writing their fifth album in January, in the small beach town of Avon, in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Future Islands_sentence_112

William Cashion stated: "We got a beach house on the outer banks of North Carolina in the dead of winter. Future Islands_sentence_113

There was nobody there but us. Future Islands_sentence_114

You could look out of any window of this four-storey house and you'd be able to see the ocean. Future Islands_sentence_115

We set up in the living room, we'd get up every day and start jamming after our morning coffee and just go all day. Future Islands_sentence_116

We wrote about eight songs there, and about three of them made it onto the record. Future Islands_sentence_117

From that point on, we'd get together in chunks – we'd go to our rehearsal space in Baltimore, or over to Gerrit's place or to my home studio. Future Islands_sentence_118

We tried to just write the way that we always have." Future Islands_sentence_119

The band tested their songs live in August playing under different names: The Hidden Haven, named after the beach house where they started writing the album; This Old House, after the TV show Herring watched when growing up; and Chirping Bush, inspired by a disturbing dream Welmers had about a bunch of birds who could not get out of a bush. Future Islands_sentence_120

"We wanted to do little shows, but we didn't want any attention for the shows; we wanted to kind of do it under the radar." Future Islands_sentence_121

Future Islands recorded The Far Field in November 2016 at the Sunset Sound Recorders studio in Los Angeles, California, with producer John Congleton. Future Islands_sentence_122

The album was released on April 7, 2017, and its lead single "Ran" came out on January 31, 2017, followed by the single "Cave" on March 24. Future Islands_sentence_123

The album featured a duet with Blondie's Debbie Harry. Future Islands_sentence_124

As in the album In Evening Air, the title comes from Theodore Roethke's poetry work and the cover art — a piece titled Chrysanthemum Trance — is again by Kymia Nawabi. Future Islands_sentence_125

On September 1, 2019, the band previewed seven new songs during a show at the Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton, Massachusetts. Future Islands_sentence_126

According to Stereogum, the unreleased tracks were "The Painter", "Hit The Coast", "Born In A War", "Days" (which would later be titled "Thrill"), "Birmingham" (which would later be titled "Waking"), "Plastic Beach" and "Moonlight". Future Islands_sentence_127

2020–present: As Long as You Are Future Islands_section_8

On July 8, 2020, the band released the new track "For Sure" with an accompanying video. Future Islands_sentence_128

On August 12, 2020, the band announced their album As Long as You Are would be released on October 8, 2020, and simultaneously released the single "Thrill". Future Islands_sentence_129

On September 15, 2020, they released the track "Moonlight" which is also on the album. Future Islands_sentence_130

Artistry Future Islands_section_9

Musical style and influences Future Islands_section_10

Future Islands' music style has been tagged as synthpop, but the band has routinely rejected that classification, considering themselves as "post-wave", by combining the romanticism of new wave with the power and drive of post-punk. Future Islands_sentence_131

The band's members came from very different musical backgrounds and sensibilities: Sam Herring grew up performing hip-hop, Gerrit Welmers was into punk rock and heavy metal and William Cashion was into indie rock, grunge, krautrock and new wave, so a lot of the band's synthpop influences come from him. Future Islands_sentence_132

Cashion was also a big fan of The Cure and The Smashing Pumpkins, and was influenced by bassists Peter Hook from Joy Division and New Order, and Kim Deal from The Pixies and The Breeders. Future Islands_sentence_133

While Welmers and Herring found common ground through Danzig and Kool Keith, it was through Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express" which was sampled by Afrika Bambaataa that Cashion and Herring found some common ground when forming the Art Lord & the Self-Portraits. Future Islands_sentence_134

They explained: Future Islands_sentence_135

"Our early influences were Kraftwerk and Joy Division and New Order, so it all kind of came from those sounds ... We were just using what we had at our disposal to create, and that were old Casio and Yamaha keyboards and a borrowed bass guitar, borrowed amps. Future Islands_sentence_136

We scraped together what we could to make music with, weird shakers and sound makers and stuff, and that just kind of lead us down a road. Future Islands_sentence_137

These kinds of things defined us early on and we kept with that sound, kept painting with that palette." Future Islands_sentence_138

Songwriting and vocals Future Islands_section_11

In Future Islands writing process, Gerrit Welmers and William Cashion develop the music which Sam Herring responds to with the lyrics. Future Islands_sentence_139

Herring's sad lyrics often contrast with the upbeat mood of the music. Future Islands_sentence_140

He explains: "Where the songs have always been kind of upbeat and happy, the message is often melancholy. Future Islands_sentence_141

I like it that way, people's natural instinct is to let their guards down and dance, and then they actually let the words seep in. Future Islands_sentence_142

Instead of turning away from the darkness, they embrace the light and find the darkness. Future Islands_sentence_143

I think the opposite is true too." Future Islands_sentence_144

Literary influences on Herring's writing include poet Theodore Roethke—whose anthology The Far Field names Future Islands' 2017 album and includes the "In Evening Air" poem that names their 2010 album—and poet Jack Gilbert: whose poem and anthology "The Great Fires" names one of the band's songs. Future Islands_sentence_145

Herring also admitted being influenced by Italo Calvino's prose during the time he wrote the single "The Fountain". Future Islands_sentence_146

In the spring of 2014, Sam Herring was diagnosed with Reinke's edema. Future Islands_sentence_147

According to him "There's four causes. Future Islands_sentence_148

Acid reflux, smoking, talking too much or overuse of the vocal cords, and then chronic misuse of the vocal cords ... which is how I sing. Future Islands_sentence_149

So, basically, I was four for four." Future Islands_sentence_150

Herring started compensating for the fact that he can no longer hit certain notes by growling, which in turn became distinctive on his vocals. Future Islands_sentence_151

Live performances Future Islands_section_12

More than a studio band, Future Islands define themselves as a live band and have toured extensively. Future Islands_sentence_152

Frontman Sam Herring is known by his stage performances. Future Islands_sentence_153

According to William Cashion "A lot of the energy of the show comes from the audience. Future Islands_sentence_154

If the audience is putting off energy, we're able to bounce it back. Future Islands_sentence_155

It's like a feedback loop. Future Islands_sentence_156

If the audience is there with us and they're giving us their energy, then it'll be easy for us to find it." Future Islands_sentence_157

The style and presentation of the Art Lord & the Self-Portraits was determined by the art school backgrounds of its members: the band was meant to be a performance art piece. Future Islands_sentence_158

Herring has cited Ian Curtis, James Brown and Elvis Presley. Future Islands_sentence_159

as influences but his background in performance art and conceptual art also became reflected in his stage presence, even for Future Islands. Future Islands_sentence_160

"I fell in love with performance art when I was 17 and that was the thing that I found: I just would sit and draw for 20 hours straight and make this thing photorealistic and then put it on a board and then people see it and that's it, or you can stand on the street and perform for 30 minutes with some weird thing you came up with off the top of your head, act out a play to no one but people are going to walk by and you're going to get a reaction. Future Islands_sentence_161

They may not get what you're doing or care about what you're doing, but there's something, you sparked something in their heads. Future Islands_sentence_162

And that's an exciting thing, to look into people's eyes. Future Islands_sentence_163

There's no expectation—you can create a memory for people, like I said, good or bad. Future Islands_sentence_164

It can grab people and that's a cool thing." Future Islands_sentence_165

Herring's dedication to stage performance has not been without physical consequenses. Future Islands_sentence_166

When touring Europe as part of the Dan Deacon Ensemble supporting the album Bromst, Herring was tackled by a drunken spectator in Paris. Future Islands_sentence_167

Six months later he realized he had torn his anterior cruciate ligament and underwent surgery in February 2010, continuing to perform shows in the following months wearing a knee brace, which can be seen on the June 24, 2010 Amoeba show footage. Future Islands_sentence_168

In 2014 Herring passed out at the airport on his way to Primavera festival due to exhaustion. Future Islands_sentence_169

Being revived by medics, he still made his plane and played the show that night. Future Islands_sentence_170

In 2015, he tore a meniscus while doing a knee drop when opening for Morrissey at Red Rocks on July 16, but the band completed the remaining four months of the Singles tour. Future Islands_sentence_171

Cover artwork Future Islands_section_13

Coming from an art background Future Islands attribute importance to their albums' cover artwork. Future Islands_sentence_172

William Cashion stated: "I think having good artwork is a big deal for any record. Future Islands_sentence_173

I think if a record has bad artwork I will just dismiss it, I just won't even give it a chance. Future Islands_sentence_174

I think a lot of people share that opinion, that artwork is very important." Future Islands_sentence_175

Future Islands' cover artwork has been delegated to different artists, as Sam Herring explains: "As projects pop up, we decide what artistic styles best speak to the music and the medium, then decide on artists. Future Islands_sentence_176

We primarily choose friends' work, though, people who we've become intimate with as friends. Future Islands_sentence_177

I think that pulls something deeper out of the whole, working with loved ones. Future Islands_sentence_178

You give birth to something bigger than yourself when you involve other people's ideas and minds. Future Islands_sentence_179

That's always a good thing." Future Islands_sentence_180

Kymia Nawabi made the cover art for Wave Like Home, Feathers & Hallways (single), In Evening Air, Undressed (EP), The Far Field. Future Islands_sentence_181

She is the most recurrent artist and is based in Brooklyn. Future Islands_sentence_182

She was a band member of the proto-Future Islands band Art Lord & the Self-Portraits and directed the video of "Walking Through that Door" in stop-motion animation. Future Islands_sentence_183

William Cashion commented "Our friend Kymia ... as I said, we write and record in our own world and she kind of makes ... her artwork is definitely in her own world, in a way. Future Islands_sentence_184

The images she uses are all her own. Future Islands_sentence_185

We went to college with her and we've always admired her work and we love working with her. Future Islands_sentence_186

She also did the cover for the new EP and the Feathers & Hallways EP. Future Islands_sentence_187

We definitely put a lot of weight on the art, and we want to make the albums look as good as they sound." Future Islands_sentence_188

Elena Johnston created the cover art for On the Water, Future Islands / Lonnie Walker split 7", Dream of You and Me (single). Future Islands_sentence_189

She co-directed with William Cashion the video of "Dream of You and Me" and is the creator of the large canvas seen in the background of the interior scenes of the video "Ran". Future Islands_sentence_190

About the On the Water art cover William Cashion stated: "We decided that we wanted the album art to be loose and abstract for this album ... We wanted washes of color. Future Islands_sentence_191

The cover is actually an excerpt of a painting that Elena had already created." Future Islands_sentence_192

In another interview he added "It was great working with her. Future Islands_sentence_193

The piece wasn't made specifically for the album. Future Islands_sentence_194

We chose it from a series of paintings and drawings. Future Islands_sentence_195

She handled most of the typography on the album as well." Future Islands_sentence_196

Band members Future Islands_section_14

Timeline Future Islands_section_15

Touring Future Islands_section_16

Future Islands has performed over 1,000 shows in their first 10 years. Future Islands_sentence_197

Since 2013, the band has included a drummer in its tours. Future Islands_sentence_198

In late 2013 and early 2014 it was Double Dagger's former drummer Denny Bowen who had already played drums and percussion on Future Islands albums In Evening Air, On the Water and Singles among some EPs and singles. Future Islands_sentence_199

In the spring of 2014, due to tour schedule conflicts between Future Islands and his own band Roomrunner, Bowen was replaced by Mike Lowry from Baltimore bands Lake Trout and Mt. Future Islands_sentence_200

Royal. Future Islands_sentence_201

Lowry was also part of The Far Field studio sessions. Future Islands_sentence_202

"Our shows are all about creating a really energetic vibe, a physical thing, and we want more people to move – that's the big thing. Future Islands_sentence_203

We either want them to move, or be moved by the music. Future Islands_sentence_204

It was never weird to us that we didn't have a drummer, but to some people it was – they'd be like: "Where the hell are the drums coming from?" Future Islands_sentence_205

Future Islands have opened for Morrissey, Grace Jones, Phantogram, Titus Andronicus and Okkervil River. Future Islands_sentence_206

They have performed at festivals such as Latitude, Great Escape, Primavera Sound, Glastonbury, Coachella, Øyafestivalen, Sziget, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch!, and SXSW, among others. Future Islands_sentence_207

Discography Future Islands_section_17

As Future Islands Future Islands_section_18

Main article: Future Islands discography Future Islands_sentence_208

Studio albums Future Islands_sentence_209

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  • Searching for a Complement (self-released - August 2003; digital rerelease by Thrill Jockey)Future Islands_item_2_6
  • In Your Boombox (self-released - October 2003; digital rerelease by Thrill Jockey)Future Islands_item_2_7
  • Ideas for Housecrafts (self-released - February 2004; digital rerelease by Thrill Jockey)Future Islands_item_2_8
  • Snail (self-released - 2005; digital rerelease by Thrill Jockey)Future Islands_item_2_9

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  • Art Lord and the Self Portraits Live At Cat's Cradle 10/29/2004 (digital-only - 2004)Future Islands_item_4_10

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  • The Essential Art Lord & The Self - Portraits (self-release 2005)Future Islands_item_6_11
  • In Your Idea Box (digital-only "best-of" release 307 Knox Records - September 2008)Future Islands_item_6_12
  • The Definitive Collection 2xLP (Friends Records - February 2013)Future Islands_item_6_13

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  • "Sad Apples, Dance!" featured on Compilation Vol. 2: Songs from North Carolina (Poxworld Empire)Future Islands_item_8_14

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Main articles: The Snails, Peals (band), and Hemlock Ernst Future Islands_sentence_210

Moss of Aura Keyboardist Gerrit Welmers has been writing solo as 'Moss of Aura' since 2006. Future Islands_sentence_211

After releasing five albums on cassette, Moss of Aura released the LP Wading in 2012 and We'll All Collide in 2016 through Friends Records. Future Islands_sentence_212

The Snails In 2008, Sam Herring and William Cashion started a parallel project called The Snails with members of other Baltimore bands. Future Islands_sentence_213

Their releases took place during Future Islands tour breaks: debut EP Worth the Wait came out in April 2013. Future Islands_sentence_214

In February 2016, they released their debut album Songs from The Shoebox. Future Islands_sentence_215

Peals In early 2012, William Cashion formed Peals with Double Dagger's former bassist Bruce Willen, releasing their debut album Walking Field in May 2013. Future Islands_sentence_216

In 2016 they released the album Honey through Friends Records. Future Islands_sentence_217

Samuel T. Herring and Hemlock Ernst Samuel T. Herring uses the stage name Hemlock Ernst when performing rap, the name Ernst coming from his Art Lord & the Self-Portraits character. Future Islands_sentence_218

He has appeared on collaborative hip-hop releases by Milo/Scallops Hotel, Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle among others. Future Islands_sentence_219

He has teamed up with producer Madlib for a rap project named Trouble knows Me, releasing an EP in 2015. Future Islands_sentence_220

As Samuel T. Herring, he has collaborated with Double Dagger, Microkingdom, Beth Jeans Houghton/Du Blonde, Gangrene, BadBadNotGood, Clams Casino and Celebration. Future Islands_sentence_221


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