Never in any gig since Elvis has the dance moves of the lead singer been anticipated so much. The lead singer of Baltimore band Future Islands Samuel Herring after their appearance on Jools Holland now famed for his swooping moves and graceful shapes takes to the stage of a packed Barrowland Ballroom to a deafening applause. Opening with ‘Give Us The Wind’ but it wasn’t until song 2 ‘Back In The Tall Grass’ until Herring really gets going swooping from one side of the stage to the other with the grace of Rudolph Nureyev. Not yet a year since they played the smaller O2 ABC Future Islands have now packed the world famous Barras and the joy in Samuel Herring’s face is obvious enjoying the experience thoroughly. Formed in 2006 Future Islands have veered slight away from their original very 80’s electro pop to a more indie electro rock sound. Future Islands play music that draws you in …the steady rhythmic bass reassuring with sparkles of synth that colour the sound and the almost visceral vocals of Herring topping of a perfectly baked cake of music …

‘Doves’ is amazing followed by their latest offering ‘The Chase’ but its late into the set before ‘Seasons (Waiting on You)’ make an appearance to a an adoring crowd who love it… ‘Spirit’ sounds straight out of the ‘Yazoo’ songbook and brings the set to a close…Herring dripping with sweat but happy. ‘Fall From Grace’ brings the band back on stage after a noisy encore with the up tempo ‘Vireo’s Eye’ following and concluding with an oldie but massive ‘Little Dreamer’….an unexpected belter of a gig leaves me wanting more of this unusual band.

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