[mp3] Future Islands – “Before the Bridge”

Last week I caught the Okkervil River/Titus Andronicus show at Terminal 5, both of whom, as expected, were awesome.  Since we got there early though, we were treated to a nice surprise by openers Future Islands.  Before they played a note my buddy quipped that the lead singer, Samuel T. Herring, looked like he “just got off work at Chase” in response to his clean cut, conservative looking tucked-in collared shirt and dress pants.  But man, once the band started playing, Herring transformed completely into a manic, slightly deranged frontman.  It was an intensely captivating performance, synth and bass driven art-pop with Carey Mercer-like vocals.  I immediately picked up their 2010 LP In Evening Air, which I’ve spun a few times since and am really getting into.  Today Stereogum premiered “Before the Bridge”, which is set for release as a 7” single from Thrill Jockey in the coming weeks (7/19, to be exact).  Check it.

MP3  ::  Before the Bridge

(from the Before the Bridge 7”. Pre-order here)

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