Future Islands Tattoo, Toronto ON, June 21

Future Islands Tattoo, Toronto ON, June 21
Photo: Shane Parent
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Future Islands appeared onstage to a big ovation from a crowd of fans lucky enough to beat the crazy line outside of Tattoo. "We're gonna get this shit going because we're running behind schedule," said frontman Samuel T. Herring to a packed venue of screaming fans. When the big lights came on, the band began a mixed set of old and new tracks, keeping the energy at a supreme high all night.

With one of the biggest crowd responses of the entire festival, this life-changing spectacle felt almost like a church, with reverend Herring presiding, delivery husky, death metal tones that filled the room as the spirit filled his body, causing him to convulse and slide around the stage. The crowd jumped and screamed every word during older songs like "Into The Dust" and "Tin Man," a scene that left Herring enamoured by the outpour of love in the room. "Wow that felt fucking great" said Herring, a sentiment shared by the whole room.