Making their debut on Austin City Limits, but performing for the third time this year in Austin, Future Islands brought in their big (dancing) guns for their taping. It’s a no-brainer why the band was invited to record a taping for ACL’s 40th season; their newest album Singles is an album full of tracks that all stand strong on their own. It is quite fitting when you think of the album name.
As the crew prepped the stage for showtime, it was hard not to notice the lack of a crowd in Moody Theater. But as soon as the show started, it was obvious that frontman Samuel Herring’s energy would fill those vacant spots in the venue.
The band kicked off with “Back in the Tall Grass,” a slower show-starter that warmed the crowd up. Herring’s growls and racy dance moves began and the audience loved it. During the second song, Future Island’s lead man took advantage of his large stage and danced from side to side. Everyone on the floor, including a white-haired older woman, was getting down. Before starting “Doves,” Herring said to the audience, “let’s get raw y’all, let’s get raw.” He immediately followed that with some gyrating hip action. Track after track, Future Islands had even the people in the furthest row standing up and moving around.
The set was reaching to the end when Future Islands played radio favorite “Seasons (Waiting on You)” and shared that this was the first song they performed in Austin, at a skate park. His growls were at an all-time exorcist level during this song, but it just made the song even better. Future Islands stayed true to themselves and not only played what’s popular, but they ended the set with “Little Dreamer,” a song from their first album which was a treat for their longtime fans. Make sure to catch this episode when it is released on PBS in early 2015.
* Live photos courtesy of KLRU. All photos below by Scott Newton.