To play along with this is to misrepresent how Future Islands are optimistic—their optimism's striving, tempered, and informed by how bad the world is, and it often seems fueled by an embattled DIY ethos of, "You can't let these evil fuckers win, so you keep going and caring and loving despite it all." And recall the band very beautifully, if less virally, appeared on Letterman a second time on Apr. 29, 2015, just two days after the Baltimore Uprising got violent. They performed the single 'The Chase' and, before it began, Herring declared, "This song is going to go out to the people of Baltimore, let us not discount their voices or all the voices in the cities that we live in and love." We almost had a revolution here in Baltimore, as my colleague Baynard Woods has taken to reminding people, and Future Islands were ostensibly down and told the world as much in their open-hearted way, so the idea that their music isn't informed by turbulent political times or at least aware of them is lazy (also: check out Herring's verse on JPEGMAFIA and Freaky's 'Llama Mind,' where he outlines the racist history of the United States).