“Sometimes it can’t be warm on the outside so we have to warm it up on the inside,” Sam Herring, frontman for Future Islands, told a rambunctious crowd Thursday night at New York’s Terminal 5 concert venue, their first in a two-night series. Future Islands aren’t a new band—their first release together came with 2006’s Little Advances—but thanks to an electric Letterman performance last spring (one of EW‘s top videos of the year), Herring has been playing to bigger and bigger crowds and beguiling them with his with his arsenal of grave crooning, death-metal roars, and propulsive dance moves.
Thursday’s show was just the band’s second time playing Terminal 5, a 3,000 person venue, and their biggest U.S. show to date. Their first appearance here was back in 2011 where, Herring told the crowd in his slightly Southern lilt, the band played to just about a hundred people. Thursday night saw a sold out crowd of dancers, moshers, and bodysurfers ready to dance, jump, and mosh as prompted. (“I wanna see what kind of moves y’all got!” Herring declared at the opening of “Doves.”)