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Future Islands Keeps The Beat Alive With Its 1,000th Show

An image of the music group Future Islands
Tim Saccenti

Future Islands might have bumped up its fan base after impressing David Letterman last year with vocalist Sam Herring's stirring dance moves and contagious energy when it performed "Seasons (Waiting on You)."

But the synth-rock group has been performing together for more than a decade, and is getting ready to do its 1,000th show Sunday at the Carrboro Town Commons.

Years before appearing on Letterman, or signing onto acclaimed record label 4AD, Future Islands met in an art program at East Carolina University. Herring said the trio connected immediately.

The group tirelessly hit the road in the years to come, and now has four studio albums to its repertoire. Last year, Future Islands released Singles, its first album on 4AD, the same record label that produced alternative music icons like The Pixies and the Cocteau Twins.

Singles showcases the group cascading through a child-like innocence with "Back in the Tall Grass," coupled with ominous reflections on family legacy in "Song For Our Grandfathers."

Check out Future Islands' performance on the Late Show with David Letterman last year below:

Eric Hodge hosts WUNC’s broadcast of Morning Edition, and files reports for the North Carolina news segments of the broadcast. He started at the station in 2004 doing fill-in work on weekends and All Things Considered.
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