Last year, the Baltimore band Future Islands caught their big break with a performance on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” with the long-running late night host freaking out after a typically visceral performance of their song “Seasons (Waiting on You).” With Letterman wrapping up his three-decade-plus run on television next month, the band was invited back for a performance last night and once again, Future Islands delivered the goods.
The band’s singer Samuel T. Herring dedicated the song to “the people of Baltimore,” where civil unrest has flared up in response to the death of Freddie Gray. “Let us not discount their voices,” Herring said.
The group then performed their brand new song “The Chase,” another dreamy slice of synth pop that’s rendered dynamic thanks to Herring’s dramatic baritone (and chest-pounding gesticulations). While Letterman didn’t flip out nearly as hard this time around, he did score a funny quip, telling the band “You’re welcome here anytime. I won’t be here, but you’re welcome here anytime.”
According to Pitchfork, the band released “The Chase” as an iTunes single immediately following their performance, along with the B-side “Haunted by You,” which was recorded last month in Austin, Texas and produced by Jim Eno of Spoon. The band’s label 4AD also says “The Chase” will be released as a limited edition vinyl single on June 30; you can check out the official video below.
— Future Islands (@futureislands) April 29, 2015
Watch Future Islands’ performance of “The Chase” on Letterman in the video embedded at the top. The group is next scheduled to perform at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, which takes place May 15-17. Visit the band’s website for a full list of upcoming tour dates.