shame about the completely forgettable music
are you sure you heard it properly? They're really good. (Convincing, I know.)
I just meant I quite like them. Their songs make me happy and sad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GhtZt2HYkM
been thinking for a while that maybe the 'kick up the arse' that guitar music needs is more more Freddie Mercury, less Ian Curtis.
Wish bands would put more effort into *performing* and not in the Lady Gaga way, whose performances are used to emphasise how great she is rather than as a tool to transmit an artistic message.
n.b "I'm a time travelling weirdo, you are all privileged to watch me create many artifices who only have meaning because capitalism" is not an artistic message. C.f David Bowie.
I think you are underselling him as a performer
saw them a few years back at plan b - he was doing the same stylistic fronting with the added bonus of a tucked in pink shirt. A friend couldn't stomach the performance despite her loving the band and stayed out in the courtyard. A bit marmite perhaps.
in that i'm not totally sold on them musically but would really enjoy seeing them live
I'm fonder of their first album and odd tracks like tin man and in the fall (and even to some extent the art lord and the self portraits stuff) than the majority of their more recent material.
i hated that crap drum machine they used to use.
i bought In Evening Air when it came out but only really liked a few tracks off the album, I'll have to investigate the new record. Had no idea that he was such a brilliant frontman though. Also he looks like he's in his 30s- there's something about his performance that only someone slightly older than most indie band frontmen could pull off. There definitely need to be more camp frontmen.
seems less desperate and forced than the guy from friendly fires for example. (haven't seen them since their first album tour so if he's got better i take it all back)
but I know what you mean. He's a very natural performer. The only frontperson I've seen who comes close is the chap from Majical Cloudz, another band who sound completely awful at first.
on first listen and all others.
I really like the way the band use 80s-style synths and corporate big-pop signifiers to transmit genuine emotion. It's wrong-footing, but the more I listen the more they sound like a kind of lost soul band from a time before sincerity and sentimentality became unfashionable, rather than an indie group on the synthpop bandwagon.
or retro pop thing, but to me it comes across as crap synths 101 with a couple of people doing the bare required minimum in the rhythm section
An actor I think, can't place who.
Anyway as I said in other thread, LOVE Letterman saying 'I'll have everything ya got, cheers'
a touch, for me. or maybe juaquin phoenix
got that same receeding hairline and nose, plus the high trousers + tucked t shirt from streetcar
not quite as hansy obviously. sorry guy from this band.
That's fucking it! Spitting image man!
first time i ever saw them. like it or loathe it you just can't switch it off.
thought roberto martinez has let himself go, then barry from eastenders had got himself together. by the end just thought it was great. i'm sold.
love that people hate it though
until the brief bit of death metal vocal at 3.09, at which point I realised he possibly had a sense of humour, rather than being a complete bellend. That said, if I ever encounter this band again it'll be a million years to soon.
bands who act emotionless and indifferent are just as performative as this guy is being, albeit performing a type of masculinity, whereas this guy is pretty camp.
the vocalist comes across as a really nice bloke, not a bellend at all
I found it unintentionally hilarious
first 30 seconds he looks like a chicken laying an egg
this was shit
but he is embarrassing to watch here. Sorry.
then listened to the song and it just sounds like Haim.
I wasn't interested in them before. Now I really like them. Job done. (or am I being too superficial for having been won over by a mere performance? has this experience blinded me to the fact that the music still a bit naff? I don't know anymore)
particularly when they really sell it like here
But on Letterman and backed by worse music.
Their stuff is an improbable blend of post-punk, soul, seaside romanticism, and earnest pop that's probably all a bit too weird and arty for its own good. Very excited for the new album.
He's got some pretty creepy moves and it makes for a good watch. The music is obviously dog shit. But you can't knock the showmanship, its extra creepy becuase the rest of the band don't move an inch, maybe in fear of him catching them in his periferal because he's been known to lunge at them in odd ways, which gives them nightmares.
A lot more than the sum of their parts.
Watched it without headphones first. Smiled and loved the moves.
Listened to with sound, didn't even make it to 30 seconds.
I can understand it for the performance, which I think is fucking brilliant, but didn't think the music would provoke so much ire.
people calling it boring, sure, but not much outright hate.
Just more than I thought there would have been.
seems more like a middling am dram enthusiast had a mid-life crisis and decided to form a thunderingly mediocre indie pop band than anything particularly exciting or left field. bollocks shit.
well - enjoyed him, that song needs a bit of beefing up tho
he's in the wrong band
I thought their last album On the Water was genuinely liked around here. It's certainly not the future of music but I thought they had already earned the "respected indie band" on sites like DiS. Finding out that the lead singer actually has a fun personality on stage is just a bonus.
...is the only adjective that suitably describes this.
Has that Tom Waits factor of "what the fuck is this? - oh its fucking mint!"
in fact I'd have On The Water down as one of my most listened to of the 2010s to date. Had no idea the singer was anything other than the melancholic mope he sounds on record so found this really exciting. Desperately want to see them now
even with a shitty drum machine and 2 of 3 members not really moving. i also love them and have a hard time explaining why, but god damn he is just great. that said i can easily see how someone could not like them.
p.s. I love it and can't stop watching.
It's like enablers except not good in anyway and they sound like an even more boring version of magic numbers and he has to growl to cover it up. Enablers are so good.
I think it was more the receding hairline than the moves though
but the main thing for me is just how into the performance he is.
Seems like the guardian liked it too.
musically it is basically some MOR 80s revival pop (with some much older references as well?), but I think it works pretty well here. found the song quite catchy.
but then, I probably wouldn't listen to them without seeing him, and I think I'd get bored of them actually live. a 3 minute youtube video is probably the perfect format for them.
Listened to the latest album a couple of times and they're definitely my new favourite band.
As someone said earlier upthread, they're more than the sum of their parts. They've clearly listened to plenty of Captain Beefheart, 80's Synthpop and 60's Soul, and married all of that with contemporary US indie stuff (hints of Interpol, Beach House etc.)
I'm a fan.
fucking great innit.
just bought tickets to see them at Manchester Sound Control in May.
people who hate this are the exact people who would then complain about the lack of animation in music today
your music, or our music?
Leopardskin jacket or combat jacket or eyeliner music. Something different. It might not have been sonically different and it might have been completely futile, but there was a difference.
Couldn't see the arcade fire for the fog
Everything just mulched, like music was made out of plasticine and some massive-baby higher-power mixed all the colours together and ended up with a big brown ball of shit.
Everybody started going to festivals. Gorgeous girls in silly wellies and pissed-up arseholes in silly hats. The sort of people that would laugh at the silly man from the silly band. Future Islands.
I can't put into words how much I love Future Islands right now.
Thoroughly enjoyed it.
I almost laughed to begin with, and by the end was practically fist pumping along :D
Getting a bit of a 'Blue Nile' vibe from the music, sounds a bit MOR/forgettable/almost cheesy at first listen, but there's something enthralling in there.
boring song, beyond-fucking-annoying frontman. It's hardly Deerhunter doing Monomania is it.
The guy seems like he's having fun, so I had fun. Thought the song was boring shit until I listened to the recorded version though.
Don't think it's done justice in the Letterman video, even with the enjoyable frontmanning.
lots of confirmations, few surprises. good to have.
Shit song, boring performance. You're all weird.
Doesn't work in subject heading.
especially considering I haven't chain-watched individual performances like this since I was a scruffy haired teenager drooling over Julian Casablancas
I don't know what the hell the front-mans channeling but its mesmerising to watch. For me this is a lot more impactful than say Dutch Uncles because of how masculine and brutish it is, he's like Orson Welles or Phillip Seymour Hoffman or something, a genuine sense of latent menace and volatility. Those chest thumps and pained expressions, that absurd elastic hip action and cold stare. I'm completely sold on the whole thing. Since watching this performance On The Water has taken on a whole new gravitas. Brilliant band.
It's great fun.
Works just as good the other way round.
Two properly enjoyable instances of top-notch daft uncle dancing.
I wrote one last week, too: http://www.theskinny.co.uk/music/features/307219-howling_the_moon_future_islands_samuel_t_herring_navigates_breakups
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