Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Future Islands - "The Ink Well" /
"Stand...(you gotta) ft. Lonnie Walker"

Since we announced the inception of our local vinyl/tape record label, Friend Records, we've told you about our seven inch record with Future Islands and Lonnie Walker. This release sparked the idea of the label, and the peach colored vinyl of "The Ink Well" and "Love Turn" will hit turntables worldwide this week.

Above is the new Future Islands track for the the release, which was premiered yesterday by Altered Zones and the North Carolina based blog Get Off The Coast. Jheri Evans spoke of a track that "glistens and sparkles like few others, tugging at your heart and begging you to follow along as it floats off into the fog", while AZ said that band was "winning hearts with dramatic vocal delivery and minimal electronics."

This is the fourth and final vinyl release for Future Islands this year, capping off what has been a banner year for the trio. "The Ink Well" was written just before their tour in support of their debut LP with Thrill Jockey, and recorded right after the two month trek earlier this year. At the end of the week the limited addition vinyl will be available on their tour, right here online, and in stores.


Lonnie Walker and Future Islands grew up together in North Carolina, and some members even went off to college together. While Brian Corum's country punk sounds weren't steadily aligned with the synth pop of William, Gerrit, and Sam... there was at least one collaboration that took place.

William Cashion called this their "inspirational karate-kid metal song". He also stated it was "recorded during the Pangea sessions back in April 2006 at the Bonque house in Greenville, NC." This was their first proper session with Chester Gwazda, which spawned "Follow You (Pangea version)" and "Pangea 1" from Wave Like Home. Brian Corum was on vocals, while Gerrit Welmers played guitar for this one.

Their tour starts on Thursday at the Black Cat down in D.C, and hits Baltimore November 20 with Winks. All dates for the 18-day North Americam tour are after the jump.

Future Islands/Lonnie Walker November Tour

November 4 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat (w/Romantic States)
November 5 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 (w/Motor Skills)
November 6 - Greenville, NC @ Live Nightclub
November 7 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern (w/Fat Camp)
November 8 - Savannah, GA @ The Wormhole (w/Emotron)
November 9 - Tallahassee, FL @ Farside
November 10 - New Orleans, LA @ The Saint
November 11 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
November 12 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk (w/Lower Dens)
November 13 - Norman, OK @ Opolis
November 14 - Hot Springs, AR @ The Exchange
November 15 - Oxford, MS @ Red Star Bar
November 16 - Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
November 17 - Atlanta, GA @ Eyedrum (w/Novem Novum)
November 18 - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone / CASSEROLE FEST! (w/Fat Camp, Buck Gooter)
November 19 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings (w/Veelee, Naps)
November 20 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar (w/Winks, BOBBY)
November 21 - Brooklyn, NY @ tba // Todd P show

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