REVIEW: Future Islands show real momentum at Sheffield show

Future Islands impressed at Plug in Sheffield.
Future Islands impressed at Plug in Sheffield.
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It’s an ancient showbiz cliche – the overnight sensation that took years to make the big time.

But for Baltimore synth poppers Future Islands, it’s all too true.

They were virtual unknowns before an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman last year created such a buzz that Seasons (Waiting On You) has since been viewed 1.5 million times on YouTube.

Plenty were at Plug in Sheffield tipped off by that success and the quality of parent album Singles – and the band did more than enough to show they won’t be condemned to that other pop stereotype, the one-hit wonder.

Samuel T Herring proves to be a compelling front man who dominates the show, part of a mini-tour leading to two major London appearances.

Back In The Tall Grass, Song For Our Grandfathers and Doves are among the Singles highlights, with Fall From Grace and Inch of Dust saved for encores.

Some of the earlier material sounds uneven but nine years into their careers at last Future Islands have real momentum.