2014 is Future Island’s year, finally receiving the spotlight which is well deserved, with highlights of NPR during SXSW, and getting the Letterman bump. With Coachella booked for their upcoming weekends they’re touring up and down the coast, and selling out the Atrium very quickly, the show got upgraded to the main Catalyst concert hall, only to sell that one out as well. Ed Schrader’s Music Beat started off the night, rocking hard on a drum and bass, with short songs crashing golf courses, ghosts, and a minute long hard punching Sermon. Solid energy was given and the Santa Cruz crowd responded with high energy for the duo to take back.
Future Island’s went on to throw one of the best sets here on the Central Coast, it’ll have to be one helluva an act at First City to top this show. Heavily playing from their latest release, Singles, the band played, Sun in the Morning, Fall from Grace, A Song of Our Grandfathers, Light House, and of course their latest hits; A Dream of You and Me and Seasons. All while mixing their oldies like Balance, Before the Bridge, and Inch of Dust. Every song was an experience, Sam Herring’s voice was on it’s A game, and equally matched his dance moves. I’ve never seen the Catalyst with such a satisfied crowd, been to plenty of sold out shows, but everyone was on the same page with the band. Sam gave short intros to the songs, and soon became lost in the fog because of the hyper-active fog machine, and I don’t know how he played the set with his shirt drenched in sweat, but he’s one helluva front man.
Two years ago, Future Islands played a small crowd of a little over a hundred people, and now they were playing to a crowd of a thousand, it’s fantastic to see their success, and we’re lucky to have a great local promoter BANE SHOWS making it happen. Once the show ended, everyone was just talking about how great of a concert it was, the whole way out everyone kept repeating it was the best show they’ve seen in a while. I just saw John Legend last week, which eternally will be a classic, and still vibing off of the sonic high, but Future Islands bring a quality along that same vein of showmanship and great discipline.