This Summer, South Facing welcomes celebrated American synth-pop band Future Islands.
This highly anticipated London date follows the release of their seventh album, the critically acclaimed ‘People Who Aren’t There Anymore’, touted by the Guardian as ‘a brutal, beautiful breakup album’.
From their start, Future Islands have been singular and instantly identifiable. Samuel T. Herring’s life-worn croons and cries are backlit by Gerrit Welmers’ melodies and charged by the rhythms of William Cashion and Michael Lowry. That premise hasn’t changed on People Who Aren’t There Anymore, but the people have. There’s a pain and a joy in Herring’s voice that’s only been rivalled by their legendary live performances but never captured in their studio albums; that feels like it’s been untethered for the first time.
Future Islands have played nearly 1,500 shows – shows that have bruised bodies and frayed vocal cords, provided escapes for audiences and healed their messengers. People Who Aren’t There Anymore is a major work from a band at an inflection point: they’re discovering new ways to experience the world, because the old ways weren’t working. That freedom has led to the most fully realised, most transparently honest statement in their 17 years as a band.
This is a live show not to be missed!