Future Islands: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space.
Bob Boilen | January 25, 2021
It's been 10 years since the band Future Islands performed its first Tiny Desk concert. Now its four members are gathered not too far from their Baltimore base in Carroll Baldwin Memorial Hall, sans desk. "We lost the desk," singer Sam Herring tells us with a smile. With drummer Michael Lowry on the tiny stage, the rest of the band - including bassist William Cashion and Gerrit Welmers on electronics - took to the floor, allowing Sam Herring to make his moves and sing his heart out. This music is clearly for the head and the feet.
The songs are from their sixth and very recent album, As Long As You Are. Along with themes of loneliness and love, we also hear songs about race, which is most evident in "The Painter," a song about how we can all look at the same thing and see it so differently. We end with a song that came out shortly after visiting NPR in 2011 called "Balance." It's one of those tunes that feels repurposed for the 2020s: "This is a song for anybody who's struggling through their lives," Sam Herring says, "and I know there are a lot of you all out there, just trying to get by, but it's going to take a little bit more time."
"Hit the Coast"
"The Painter"
Sam Herring: vocals
William Cashion: bass
Gerrit Welmers: keyboards
Michael Lowry: drums
Video: Marisa Gesualdi
Audio: Steve Wright of Wright Way Studios
Director: Marisa Gesualdi
Director of Photography: Jake DeNicola
Cameras: Jake DeNicola, Hil Steadman, Marisa Gesualdi
Engineer: Paul Mercer
Monitors Engineer: Matthew Ricchini
Covid-19 Compliance Officer: Tosha Potter
Covid-19 Compliance Assistant: Jerry Potter
Production Assistant: Melany Rochester
Producer: Bob Boilen
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Kara Frame, Morgan Noelle Smith
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann


  1. Jake Tunney
    Jake Tunney
    3 dagen geleden

    who can find this location in Baltimore?

  2. Fernando Marinho
    Fernando Marinho
    3 dagen geleden

    Vi-os no alive gostei logo vocalista é demais estão sempre a crescer parabéns

  3. Angus Foden
    Angus Foden
    3 dagen geleden

    Sam is such a kind and genuine performer

  4. TheGogogadget123
    4 dagen geleden

    Hit the coast hits the heart spot.

  5. TJ Annese
    TJ Annese
    6 dagen geleden

    Recorded music doesn't do this band justice. It needs to be heard raw & live.

  6. J H
    J H
    6 dagen geleden

    I really love Future Islands. I can listen to them forever.

  7. scruffz
    9 dagen geleden

    I just came tears

  8. Larry Picard
    Larry Picard
    9 dagen geleden

    It’s amazing how much music they make with just four instruments. The fourth of course being Sam’s voice. We in and from Baltimore are proud of these guys.❤️

  9. dmperfection
    11 dagen geleden

    If Brando were music this is what it would look like

    12 dagen geleden

    TOUJOURS ... super !!

  11. Kelly Castro
    Kelly Castro
    12 dagen geleden

    Oh, cómo me gusta Future Islands, música vibrante, músicos increíbles.

  12. Diego Pardo
    Diego Pardo
    12 dagen geleden

    que buena banda, cada vez mejor su música, saludos desde Argentina.

  13. MikefromQueens
    15 dagen geleden


  14. Andrew L.
    Andrew L.
    15 dagen geleden

    14:50 Go!

  15. Andrew L.
    Andrew L.
    15 dagen geleden

    "Hit the council!"

  16. Diego Rivas
    Diego Rivas
    15 dagen geleden

    Future Islannnnnds Baby!!!!!!

  17. Mark Corman
    Mark Corman
    16 dagen geleden

    When I look at Sam, I can't decide if I want to hear him sing, or provide me with sound financial advice.

  18. Donny Thornton
    Donny Thornton
    18 dagen geleden

    My dad has that Einstein shirt.

  19. Eugenio Canales
    Eugenio Canales
    19 dagen geleden

    Pinche banda chingona, carajoooooo

  20. Bronson Brown
    Bronson Brown
    20 dagen geleden

    You just know that Sam feels every single word he's singing. It's just so obvious.

  21. Luke Fletcher
    Luke Fletcher
    20 dagen geleden

    The best & most honest band alive right now sam is a phenomenally talented writer.

  22. WWG1 WGA
    WWG1 WGA
    21 dag geleden

    When did Tye DOMI become a singer ?

  23. jayyy millz
    jayyy millz
    21 dag geleden

    Thrill.. needed this today.

  24. Uwe Königsfeld
    Uwe Königsfeld
    21 dag geleden

    I`m a fan of Tears for Fears, Jean Michel Jarre and so on. I love this Synthpop and the emotional Voice. Thanks for this music. The first Song did touch me extremly.

  25. Fionn McCausland
    Fionn McCausland
    22 dagen geleden

    I'm low key mindblown that this singer is Hemlock Ernst. Madness

  26. apis38
    25 dagen geleden

    Thanks for this! We need such wonderful things. I remember the first time I saw you in a small cinema in Slovenia some 10 years ago and Samuel made an eye contact with each of us at least 5 times during the gig. Such a great performer.

  27. TC
    26 dagen geleden

    Great band! I love this band!

  28. Christopher Mackay
    Christopher Mackay
    26 dagen geleden

    Utterly incredible.

  29. Vic Shirl
    Vic Shirl
    26 dagen geleden

    Awesome!!👏 He’s so cool!-Sam Herring! They’re so cool-FUTURE ISLANDS! 👏🏾

  30. Pablo Moll
    Pablo Moll
    26 dagen geleden

    Such a freakin awesome tone...your voice is great

  31. art matters
    art matters
    27 dagen geleden

    great new album...amazing band

  32. Damon Grimston
    Damon Grimston
    27 dagen geleden

    Get the same feeling with this band I did with Eddie and Pearl Jam back in the 90s. One of the best bands out there right now.

  33. Gamer K
    Gamer K
    29 dagen geleden

    I did security for FYF festival about nine years back , was hearing future islands play in the back , I didnt pay much attention at the time but their chords and Sam's haunting voice stuck in me for years .. until I had some experiences which lead me to go back and find out who was that band playing at that time years later .. by far my favorite band ever

  34. LeninFPV
    29 dagen geleden

    I love them!!!

  35. Konigseez
    Maand geleden

    Masterpiece! Your music made my day.

  36. BEN Olivier
    BEN Olivier
    Maand geleden

    Tiny desk PLEASE INVITE RHYE 🥺🥺🥺y’all will thank me later

  37. Katrina Derieg
    Katrina Derieg
    Maand geleden

    I had heard a few of their songs and thought they were pretty decent, and then on a whim went to see them live and was absolutely blown away. Incredible artist.

    1. Andrew L.
      Andrew L.
      15 dagen geleden

      same here... saw them opening for Morrissey in 2015, red Rock, in Colorado, first row... amazing guys

  38. Rain Jordan
    Rain Jordan
    Maand geleden

    such a deep beautiful soul

  39. Sujey Lopez
    Sujey Lopez
    Maand geleden

    Future Islands forever 💜💜💜 Every album, every performance, every word and song....every single time. Love you guys since day one 💜

  40. rishi
    Maand geleden

    future islands are transcendental, painful, beautiful, anarchic, joyous, sunshiney all at the same time xx

  41. Jhold
    Maand geleden

    Thank you

  42. asdfjoenjnasd
    Maand geleden

    William lost a lot of weight

  43. leighton lee
    leighton lee
    Maand geleden

    Music as it should be each song telling a story full of meaning emotion and passion simply the best band I've ever seen in my 50 years thank you Sam I feel blessed to have found you in 2016

  44. Miriam Ramírez C.
    Miriam Ramírez C.
    Maand geleden

    Amazing!!! Always in the right time 😊

  45. Diego Sebastian Marulanda Rios
    Diego Sebastian Marulanda Rios
    Maand geleden

    Love love love love love this band, it speaks in so many levels and it displays true color of feeling and knowing of self.

  46. Victor Perez
    Victor Perez
    Maand geleden

    Didn't notice I had 1.5x speed on when I started this video... Not bad! Anyway, great performance as always!

  47. Chirpet Studios
    Chirpet Studios
    Maand geleden

    Why is this in Adrian's Digital Basement mail call playlist? Lol

  48. Caboose Enlighted
    Caboose Enlighted
    Maand geleden

    A pleasure to catch a glimpse of FI in those times 🥳

  49. Anthony Everett
    Anthony Everett
    Maand geleden

    Definitely what I think about when I think about my home town of Greenville NC. That and Peasants Cafe.(RIP)

  50. Holger Henn
    Holger Henn
    Maand geleden

    I ve seen this band live in Berlin, best you you get.......so much energy, so good spirit, so fantastic

  51. Dax Zirconium
    Dax Zirconium
    Maand geleden

    GameStop to the moon 🚀🚀🚀🚀

  52. Firey Flower
    Firey Flower
    Maand geleden

    I love this band because its just so original, and the singer is so impassioned

  53. DrewForGames
    Maand geleden

    I’m going to call this “Dadwave”. I like it.

    1. Vasili Andrews
      Vasili Andrews
      9 dagen geleden

      There's still hope for us middle-aged dads -- represent! 😜

    2. Robin Schwabegger
      Robin Schwabegger
      Maand geleden

      I would say it falls under the Sad Dad Rock genre.

  54. Jonny Paul
    Jonny Paul
    Maand geleden

    Watching this hurts my old knees.

  55. Griff Jennings
    Griff Jennings
    Maand geleden

    Singer is giving me Happy Joaquin Phoenix Energy Vibes.

  56. Chris A
    Chris A
    Maand geleden

    What a fckin great performance. Loving it in Lockdown

  57. Wade C. Floyd
    Wade C. Floyd
    Maand geleden

    Future Islands has been a bucket list band for me for a while now. Thought I was going to get to cross them off my list in the spring of 2020 when they were playing a street festival literally down the road from my house. That didn’t happen but this will do until I can get to see them live.

    1. leighton lee
      leighton lee
      Maand geleden

      Saw them twice even better in the flesh hope you get to see them

  58. Yvonne Vega
    Yvonne Vega
    Maand geleden

    Sam, please let me hold you❤️

  59. Sidecar Hero
    Sidecar Hero
    Maand geleden

    NPR is Marxist but I love me some The Future Islands

  60. A G
    A G
    Maand geleden

    cant wait to see these guys live post covid

  61. OurFamilyInMotion
    Maand geleden

    Love, love, love the new album.

  62. Ginocasio
    Maand geleden

    What a band, discovered them in late 2020 after reading their latest album review. Can't wait to see them live when they start touring again..Loved the insight Samuel shared about what each song was about on the tiny desk concert.

  63. Rants & Reviews
    Rants & Reviews
    Maand geleden

    My love for this band just grows every year. I think this last release is their best, can't get enough!

  64. Luke A
    Luke A
    Maand geleden

    NPR and Future Islands is a match made in heaven!

  65. Anthony
    Maand geleden

    Amo a este sujeto, hit te coast hermosa canción.

  66. Charles Briggs
    Charles Briggs
    Maand geleden


  67. Nathaly Castaño
    Nathaly Castaño
    Maand geleden

    Im in love with this band....

  68. Hector Dominguez
    Hector Dominguez
    Maand geleden

    The natural room reverb of the kick drum on the second song is fantastic

  69. Robert Higgins
    Robert Higgins
    Maand geleden

    Minute 14:50 is probably my favorite part and song, and it is SPOT ON with how I dance every New Years Eve before midnight with my friends. The dancing is part of the magic of this band. (I'm buying that song "Balance" and adding it to my "Upbeat/dance" mix.) *Thinking out loud on youtube*

  70. Todd Squitieri
    Todd Squitieri
    Maand geleden

    I love how this made me nostalgic for the 80s and 90s, even though I've never heard this music before. Glorious! ♥ ♥ ♥

  71. Brooks AdaLioryn
    Brooks AdaLioryn
    Maand geleden

    saw them opening for grace jones, during a lunar eclipse (literally happening right above the stage) at the hollywood bowl

  72. Parker
    Maand geleden

    I'm doing my best to focus on the art these men are producing, and please forgive me, but it just seems like a chili cook-off in Santa Barbara got a little too spicy.

    1. Parker
      Maand geleden

      Ironically, Sam Herring could pass for Dennis Miller's principled body double, but with better hair.

    2. Parker
      Maand geleden

      Alright, I rescind my Dennis Miller impression. Good stuff.

  73. Helton Moura
    Helton Moura
    Maand geleden

    Não lembrava que o Eduardo Paes tinha banda... Bom demais! Sempre competentes ao vivo! \o/

  74. Juan Pablo Garcia Murillo
    Juan Pablo Garcia Murillo
    Maand geleden

    @juanmaalv llegara el dia que leas este comentario

  75. esecaonepuerco
    Maand geleden

    Wow, a white band thats new!!!!

  76. Charles Frederick
    Charles Frederick
    Maand geleden

    definitely one of my new favorite bands.

  77. Saganist420
    Maand geleden

    Watching him dance is like watching a beautiful Peacock do a mating dance with its majestic colorful tail in the cool summer breeze.

  78. Jose Reveles
    Jose Reveles
    Maand geleden

    Beautiful Just Beautiful

  79. Sam
    Maand geleden

    As a child of the 80s, I hear my beloved, dreamlike, new wave music I would listen to for hours, come alive with this band. The raw emotion and just pure talent of this band blows me away :)))). Thank you

  80. dramares
    Maand geleden


  81. We're Our Souls
    We're Our Souls
    Maand geleden

    Thankyou Future Islands and NPR.

  82. Brittany smith
    Brittany smith
    Maand geleden

    I can never listen to enough Future Islands. I genuinely hope when concerts resume they do a tour. I have been waiting years to see them live again. ❤️✌️

  83. Houdini Hensley
    Houdini Hensley
    Maand geleden

    70 people still eat their boogers

  84. Ava Borelli
    Ava Borelli
    Maand geleden

    Clean! ♥️💠

  85. Roses
    Maand geleden

    Thrill is so fudgin good

  86. Matt Sanchez
    Matt Sanchez
    Maand geleden

    Really appreciate their amazing musicianship

  87. Kate Killet
    Kate Killet
    Maand geleden

    what I would give to see these guys live right now

  88. Marcia Salinas
    Marcia Salinas
    Maand geleden

    Love from Peru

  89. Drty Porcelain
    Drty Porcelain
    Maand geleden

    I found out about Sam Herring through the two songs he did with Bad Bad Not Good, I can't believe I waited this long to listen to Future Islands

  90. Raquel Pavón
    Raquel Pavón
    Maand geleden

    So GOOD 💜💜💜

  91. Liam Gallagher
    Liam Gallagher
    Maand geleden

    I’d call this “Sad dad Karaoke”

  92. Global Gratitude
    Global Gratitude
    Maand geleden

    Is that St John’s Hamilton?

  93. Malik Davis
    Malik Davis
    Maand geleden

    love from Philly

  94. brian Torres
    brian Torres
    Maand geleden

    Future islands always apart of the music day for me! No matter what mood I’m in

  95. Marie-Jeanne Berger
    Marie-Jeanne Berger
    Maand geleden

    Thank you

  96. Conner Huth
    Conner Huth
    Maand geleden

    Could someone pls help me find the shirt that the drummer has on lol :)

  97. Rick Colhoun
    Rick Colhoun
    Maand geleden

    So good!!! Thanks so much for making this happen!

  98. Savid Dullivan
    Savid Dullivan
    Maand geleden

    When the drummer wears a Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory t-shirt, I stop what I'm doing and listen.

  99. Alex Lanyon
    Alex Lanyon
    Maand geleden

    Sam Herring is my spirit animal

  100. Adam Lewis
    Adam Lewis
    Maand geleden

    i'll take all of that you got.