Handsome Tours and Secret Sounds are thrilled to announce the return of indie icons Future Islands for their first shows in Australia and New Zealand since 2017! The Baltimore quartet of Gerrit Welmers, Michael Lowry, Samuel T. Herring and William Cashion will be performing songs from their latest album, As Long As You Are alongside favourites from across their career this coming February.
The band will kick things off in Perth playing The Rechabite, before heading to Powerhouse in Brisbane and Forum in Melbourne, followed by a trip across the pond to play Auckland’s Powerstation. Additionally, Future Islands will be playing New Zealand Festivals Splore and Electric Avenue, plus a very special Sydney show, with more details to come….
As Long As You Are looks to the past as well as the future, confronting old ghosts and embracing a new hope. It is an album about trust, full of honesty, redemption and “letting go”, allowing old wounds to heal and bringing painful chapters to a close. Signalling a new era for Future Islands, touring drummer Mike Lowry officially joined as a fully-fledged member and songwriter bolstering the founding trio of William Cashion, Samuel T. Herring and Gerrit Welmers. Given time to allow the songs to slowly come to life, these eleven new songs of post wave synth-pop are as euphoric and uninhibitedly joyful as anything the band has done in their 14-year career.
Tickets for the headline dates will go on general sale Thursday 3 November at 10am local time. Eager fans can gain access to early tickets by signing up to the promoter pre-sale here: https://bit.ly/fi23_ht
“Melding melodic punch with brooding gloom, Future Islands’ role as new wave torch bearers is assured on a sixth album gilded with emotional and sonic depth, symptomatic of their rising status as seasoned songsmiths.” – The Line Of Best Fit, 9/10
“existential bangers from Baltimore’s most eccentric band” – NME, ★★★★
Album Of The Week – AU Review, ★★★★
“Future Islands stun once again with their sparkling synthpop that is equal parts melancholic and uplifting.” – STACK
“Brimming with confidence and dripping with arena-sized existential anthems… As Long as You Are is the rejuvenated sound of a band who finally found what they are looking for.”– Loud and Quiet
“A work of incredible density, and yet, it feels so light. A remarkable dichotomy.” – Scenestr
“One of the most anticipated albums of the season.” – Consequence of Sound
“This album feels like the next step in their story, with more deeply felt New Romantic intensity than ever.” – Rolling Stone
Future Islands – 2023 Australia + New Zealand Tour Dates
Thursday Feb 16, 2023 – Perth Festival*
Saturday Feb 18, 2023 – Brisbane, Powerhouse
Sunday Feb 19, 2023 – Sydney – coming soon!
Tuesday Feb 21, 2023 – Melbourne, Forum
Thursday Feb 23, 2023 – Auckland, Powerstation
Friday Feb 24, 2023 – Tapapakanga, Splore Festival
Saturday Feb 25, 2023 – Christchurch, Electric Avenue Festival
Announce: 10am AEDT Thur 27 Oct Promoter Pre-sale: 10am (local) Wed 2 Nov
*Promoter pre-sale not valid for Perth Festival. Visit perthfestival.com.au for more info. GP Onsale: 10am (local) Thu 3 Nov
Future Islands – As Long As You Are is out now via 4AD / Remote Control Records.