with Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Around here, a Future Island's show is like a community college class - you get a new one every three months. And praise be to
Let us first address the openers Ed Schrader's Music Beat - before I had even rounded the corner, I heard someone say "Do you see what is happening on stage?". Obviously, this statement could be interpreted as a good or bad thing, but I'm here to report everything I saw was great, a real out-of-nowhere treat. It was just two fellas, one of them presumably named Ed Schrader; one played bass and the other sang while playing a single lonely floor tom with a light shining up from it. It had a real vintage no wave sound to it, not exactly sounding like Lizzie Mercier Descloux and Liquid Liquid, but would fit nicely between the two on a mix. As you might imagine, with such limited instrumentation the songs would have a sameness to them, but it was an enjoyable, exciting sameness. They had two speeds - a slow, baroque almost pop sound, and upbeat industrial-punk numbers that had the crowd dancing a little bit, I suppose to get their joints warmed up for Future Islands. Hopefully their warm response will send them back down here soon, because I want more.
So it was a Future Islands show without glowsticks, a first for me. Maybe they were being saved for their next show (this was the first night of a two night stand at Kings). It didn't really matter or anything, as the band still absolutely killed as always, but not having to keep from catching a tube of neon chemicals in the eye made things, well, a touch less lively. They tried out a lot of new songs, and they were all great...hopefully a new album is not too far out? Though who knows when they'd have time to record it, as they seem to tour non-stop. Other than that, it was hit after hit after hit from their last couple records, a sweaty tangle of kids dancing in front of them, and smiles all the way to the back windows of Kings. This band has reached sing-a-long status here locally, where many of their songs, like "Tin Man", get a ton of crowd participation. I certainly joined in, cause god knows I love a good group sing at a rock show.
As long as Future Islands keep coming back and playing their second home here in the Triangle, I'll keep going. It's a nice, symbiotic relationship, one I don't intend to fuck up.