This Is Our Jam Premieres: Future Islands, "Grease"

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While it may have started among the art punks of Baltimore’s Wham City collective, Future Islands' 2011 album, On The Water, marked a turn toward softer, more emotional songwriting for the band. In keeping with that trajectory, Future Islands has just released a new video for album highlight “Grease,” which documents its road-dog lifestyle in the beautifully shot black and white of a constantly rotating camera.
As Future Islands traverse the country, endlessly hauling gear and playing shows, frontman Samuel T. Herring’s gravely voice asks how long he can keep it up. “Time for the show / And the road was long and slow / And I'm growing old / I was a boy not long ago,” laments Herring, whose weariness hangs over each syllable like dust clouds in an ancient attic. More than a song about a rock band, “Grease” explores the universal fear of aging. “What happens to youth?” Herring asks, followed by a heartbreaking realization: “This song won’t change a thing.” And the band marches on.
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Future Islands—On The Water
"Grease"
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