Future Islands

Some bands need to be patient before getting their nighttime talk show debut. Future Islands, for instance.

The band was on “The Late Show with David Letterman” in March, with the host pretty much losing his composure over their intensely professional performance of “Seasons (Waiting On You).”  But it wasn’t Future Islands’ first rodeo by any means.  Their agent and manager, Ben Dickey, told Pollstar he got flooded with texts from people who saw the East Coast feed, but Dickey wasn’t surprised.

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“They were going to be amazing because that’s the show they do every night,” he said. “They were veterans at that point even though they came off like an overnight sensation.”

The band had played approximately 800 shows at that point. They formed in 2006, and some band members played together in various precursors since 2003, having gone to school at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., before moving to Baltimore.

Future Islands just dropped its fourth album, Singles, is currently in Europe and is expected to tour through November with an August-September North American run.

Photo: John Davisson

“With the August tour, we’re stepping up in some rooms even after going on sale because a couple of those blew out,” Dickey said. “It’s been interesting to watch them as their dance card gets completely full. By the time everything took off for them, they were already booked through mid-November.”

There will be a spring tour, too, where the band will visit markets that couldn’t fit into the upcoming run, he added.