Future Islands @ Chameleon Club's Lizard Lounge - 11/30
WHO: FUTURE ISLANDS
WHERE: CHAMELEON CLUB – LIZARD LOUNGE
WHEN: NOV. 30th 2011
Around 11 PM on November 30th the Baltimore via North Carolina trio Future Islands took the stage at the Lizard Lounge in Lancaster, PA. The small, but devoted crowd, welcomed the band with enthusiasm. The show began with “The Great Fire” one of the many highlights off of the groups latest release, On The Water. For a three piece band Future Islands sounds much larger then one would expect.
Future Islands’ music takes on a life of its own during their live shows; singer Sam Herring does a perfect job of interacting with the audience in a genuine manner. It is Sams distinct voice and the openness of his lyrics that complement the music this was especially apparent on the track “Give Us The Wind,” which was followed by the slow burning song “Where I Found You.” The tracks from On The Water trade the bands previous in your face synth pop, beat driven music for a more subtle minimalist approach yet the group still manages to keep an immense amount of on stage energy.
The chemistry that Sam Herring, William Cashion, and Gerrit Welmers share is what fuels this band. It’s clear that these guys work together to create a distinct live sound. The band ended the set with the track “Vireo’s Eye” off 2010’s In Evening Air. This incredibly moving and high-energy song got the crowd pumped up well after midnight. As Future Islands left the stage at the Lizard Lounge the crowd voiced their pleasure with tons of volume, which far exceeded the amount of people in the room.
After playing a two song encore for a grand total of 15 songs, Future Islands ended their night. The band played one of the best shows I have seen in a long time, it was just unfortunate that the Lizard Lounge wasn’t more packed. Future Islands didn’t let the mediocre turn out crushed their spirits and played with an energy that could have filled a stadium.
The Great Fire
Inch of Dust
Before the Bridge
Give Us the Wind
Where I Found You
Close to None
Walking Through That Door
The Happiness of Being Twice