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Watch: Future Islands’ epic performance on Letterman

on March 04, 2014, 9:33am

Baltimore-based synthpop band Future Islands will return later this month with Singles, their fourth studio record. Last night, the quartet previewed the new LP performing “Seasons (Waiting On You)” on Late Show with David Letterman. Singer Samuel T. Herring’s performance is always something to behold, but his gravely shouts and epic dance moves had a particular effect on Letterman, who seemed even more jazzed than usual. Check out the replay below.

Future Islands Letterman

In related news, please join myself and fellow CoS staff members Josh Terry and Sasha Geffen as we try to conjure up an exact description of who Herring resembles. So far, we’re at Morrissey meets Seth MacFarlane with a little bit of Bruce Springsteen and Ian Curtis mixed in.

Singles is out March 25th from 4AD. Pre-orders are ongoing.

Update: Watch the band’s new video for “A Dream Of You And Me”.


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Andrea Glaser
March 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Epic? Jawdropping? Really? No offense to this band, it’s not their fault everyone is freaking out over their performance, and they seem really good, but that was like, kinda just OK. He seemed really nervous and out of his element. I mean shit I’d be too performing on live TV. It kinda feels more like a great karaoke performance than anything.

March 7, 2014 at 11:43 am

i’m getting bill murray

March 7, 2014 at 12:23 am

Brando NO WAY! He was much better looking at any age. But Burt Reynolds little brother with dom deluise and jack black makes sense.

Jeff Bergstrom (@jeffbergstrom)
March 6, 2014 at 1:05 am

I see a little young Bill Murray in those crazy blue eyes

Jim Bosha
March 6, 2014 at 1:00 am

The resemblance your staffers are searching for is young Marlon Brando.

March 5, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Tom Jones.

March 5, 2014 at 9:47 am

Uhm, why is everyone amped over this? I found it an exercise in thin tone with a cat who sounds like a cross between ‘who cares’ and Cookie Monster

March 5, 2014 at 6:04 am

He looks like a young Marlon Brando

March 5, 2014 at 2:29 am

Please tell me this is a comedy act. This is absolutely ridiculous.

March 5, 2014 at 2:25 am

UGH. What is this crap? What an awful singer and what a pathetic attempt at 80’s synth-pop.

March 5, 2014 at 12:07 am

My grandpa as a young man mixed with a random future guy who fell in love with Her.

March 4, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Looks like Oliver stone

March 4, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Marlon Brando meets Kevin Spacey, as voiced by Phil Collins meets the Cookie Monster

March 4, 2014 at 9:17 pm

RUSSEL CROWE, of course.

Emma Phipps
March 4, 2014 at 5:37 pm

he also kind of looks like a cross between Dom DeLuise and a young Marlon Brando.

Alex Young
March 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Great work, everyone! Keep ‘em coming!

Matt Haynes
March 4, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Fuck Jagger, I want moves like Herring

March 4, 2014 at 4:47 pm

I love Sam and Future Islands but I’ve never been quite sure that he isn’t a character being portrayed by Jack Black.

March 4, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Todd Barry + Joseph Gordon Levitt

March 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Jimmy Somerville without doubt.

Brad DeCamp
March 4, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Van Morrison + Marlon Brando

March 4, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Total Meatloaf

March 4, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Reblogged this on The DesignerBaby Blog and commented:
I love it when a band you’ve never heard of before comes along and hadouken’s you with a performance of INSANE energy and awesomeness. This is probably the weirdest and best thing i’ve heard this year so far…

March 4, 2014 at 1:48 pm


Alan Zilberman (@alanzilberman)
March 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm

You’re all wrong. He looks Brando circa Streetcar.

March 4, 2014 at 1:12 pm

I think he’s got a little Brando swagger as well.

March 4, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Young Burt Reynolds circa deliverance! Great song, outrageous performance! Listened to a radio concert on youtube and think the growl becomes a gimmicky distraction that he should lose. His voice is interesting and compelling enough without it. Ps. Got a job open- need one, thanks!

March 4, 2014 at 11:53 am

Henry Rollins meets Seth MacFarlane

March 4, 2014 at 10:55 am

killed it! also, morrisey meets jack black

Anthony Biedenkapp
March 4, 2014 at 10:45 am

I think the addition of a live drummer is a step in the right direction.


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