Future Islands: Don’t Hold Back

[caption id="attachment_193860" align="aligncenter" width="900"] L to R: Gerrit Weimers, William Cashion, Sam Herring. Photo by Tom Hines[/caption] There’s a moment in “Road Dawgs,” a short film about Future Islands shot by Jay Buim in 2014, where vocalist Sam Herring tells a terrifying story about the physical toll of being in a touring band. He passed out in an airport before catching a plane to Barcelona for Primavera Sound. Medics revived him, he caught his plane, and the band played the festival. But he still punctuates the story with a sobering thought: “I thought I was gonna die.” Future Islands have played more than a thousand shows in their 11 years as a band. That’s a lot of shows. Nearly 100 a year, in fact, in which time they’ve committed fully to seeing each one through, playing through illness, injuries, and what must be a massive pile of sweat-soaked clothes. They’re not a band that holds anything back, particularly Herring, whose animated, spontaneous, chest-beating theatrics have become the stuff of legend. As they add another 100 shows to the tally in 2017, Future Islands are intent on keeping that commitment. “We’re coming up on 1,100 shows. And in that time, we’ve…

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