SXSW Review: Future Islands, March 18, Mohawk

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Sheer Joy.

This is the only feeling you get at a Future Islands show. If you don’t feel that when you go see Future Islands, then I pity you.

I think the reason is simply this: Samuel T Herring dances like nobody is watching, only everyone is watching. He first inspired us on Letterman, bearing his soul and risking humiliation in front of millions. That single video, struck a chord with the audience. We want him to keep dancing, and he has happily obliged. It also helps that Future Island’s latest release is quite good.

On what I assume is the last leg of their tour, I noticed two new dance moves in his repertoire that I did not see last time I saw him live

1. Machine gun fist pump. Not your standard fist pump this one has multiple false starts before exploding into one gigantic fist pump. What a move.

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2. Guile back spin punch – you know the one, you press away from the opponent and the press strong punch. Impressive move, I hope he doesn’t accidentally knock out his guitar player on a smaller stage

We all want to find the thing that makes us feel the passion that Samuel T Herring feels when he sings his songs. While not all of us can find it, we are simply glad one of us has.

Posted on by Ricky in South By Southwest

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