Future Islands fear ‘Letterman’ performance will be ‘the bane of our existence’

Band say the short TV spot 'really did change our year'

Future Islands worry the scene-stealing appearance on Late Show With David Letterman that put them on the map might end up being “the bane of [their] existence”.

The Baltimore band appeared on the US chat show in March to perform ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’, which was yesterday named NME’s Track Of The Year.

The performance drew unprecedented attention to the band, and frontman Samuel T Herring’s dance moves became a running meme on the show. The clip (below) has been viewed more than three million times online.


Speaking in this week’s issue of NME, on newsstands and available digitally now, Herring said: “For it to have garnered so much attention is amazing. We were expecting maybe 20,000 or 25,000 views. It wasn’t just music fans but fans of late- night television. Creating that response, that reaction, there’s something really good about that. It’s really wild. It really did change our year.”

Herring continued: “The fear is that it becomes the bane of our existence. You don’t want to be the band who did that one thing on Letterman and then everyone forgot about you. It’s been kind of amazing. You can be the great band, but even after something like that, you want people to come back.”

U2‘s Bono recently described ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’ by Future Islands as “a miracle”. The frontman told Rolling Stone: “Have you seen them? That song, ‘Seasons’? A miracle, that is.”

Future Islands play two shows at London’s The Roundhouse in March, headlining the Camden venue on March 30 and 31.

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