FUTURE ISLANDSHow would you say On The Water is different from your past records?
William: A majority of On the Water was written in the studio, which is probably the biggest difference from our other albums.
In 2010, you released an acoustic EP. What brought that about? Would you consider another acoustic EP, in the future, or a full acoustic album?
William: We had been talking about arranging and performing an acoustic show for a while, and in the summer of 2010, Elena Johnston and Natasha Tylea invited us to do an acoustic performance at the opening of the "Wild Nothing" photography show that they curated. We got some friends together and figured out the acoustic versions. Some of us are bigger fans of the acoustic versions than others. I'd love to release an acoustic 7" of new material, but only time will tell if that will happen.
Gerrit recently got a PS3. Do you think this will have a positive or negative effect on his social life?
Sam: I don't know about Gerrit, but it's definitely had a negative effect on my life.
Are there any new bands you would like to recommend to others?
William: Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Bamboo, Chester Endersby Gwazda.
What are your favorite songs to play live?
William: "Long Flight," "Pinnochio," "Give Us the Wind."
Sam: "On The Water."
What is your favorite other Island named band?
Sam: There was a really great collective called Galapagos4 in the early 2000's that were pretty cool hip-hop crew. I dig their output.
Have you guys written a new song since the release of On The Water? If so, how do they differ from the songs on the album?
William: We've written a few songs since On the Water. Maybe they're moodier or more soulful, like classic soul.
What have been your favorite albums of 2012?
William: Ed Schrader's Music Beat Jazz Mind
If there was any instrument or musician in the world you could have a duet with or a feature on a Future Islands song who would it be and why?
William: It'd be cool to collaborate with the Mael brothers from Sparks. I like their style.
Sam: Love to cross styles with Joanna Newsom. Don't know how it would work but we could make it. Also amazing to do something with Tom Waits.
What was the first song each of you wrote like? How old were you?
William: I used to record layers and layers of guitar on my 4-track back in high school. It was kinda dreamy sounding instrumental stuff.
Sam: The first song I ever wrote was never recorded, but it was a rap about destinies and dreams. I'm still milkin' that cow.
Your newest album cover was created by the amazing Elena Johnston. How was working with her on this cover? Do you think you'll work with her for covers in the future?
William: It was great working with her. The piece wasn't made specifically for the album. We chose it from a series of paintings and drawings. She handled most of the typography on the album as well.
Sam: Elena's work speaks for itself. She had a few pieces, at the time, we really loved. We just had to make the decision on which one to use. We'll definitely work with her in the future. As projects pop up, we decide what artistic styles best speak to the music and the medium, then decide on artists. We primarily choose friends' work, though, people who we've become intimate with as friends. I think that pulls something deeper out of the whole, working with loved ones. You give birth to something bigger than yourself when you involve other people's ideas and minds. That's always a good thing.
You guys release a lot of your music on vinyl. What about vinyl keeps you guys interested in it?
William: Vinyl is classic and the art is bigger.
Sam: I love records. Vinyl is my way. It's always been the thing we were seeking though. I remember when we got our first 7" pressed, having that feeling that we had finally made a mark. It is the history of music and it feels good to continue that tradition.