Future Islands on 'Letterman' Performance: 'The Fear Is That It Becomes the Bane of Our Existence"

Future Islands on 'Letterman' Performance: 'The Fear Is That It Becomes the Bane of Our Existence"
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Earlier this year, Future Islands gave a Letterman performance for the ages, as the Baltimore indie band suddenly propelled themselves to prominence with a stunning rendition of "Seasons (Waiting on You)." Now, eight months later, the band have expressed fears that this will end up becoming their defining moment.

Frontman Samuel T. Herring told NME, "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."

As of press time, the performance has garnered close to three million views. Much of this is due to Herring's meme-worthy dance moves, not to mention his theatrical vocal delivery and impassioned, uninhibited earnestness.

"The fear is that it becomes the bane of our existence," he continued. "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."

Future Islands released their album Singles back in March.