When we eventually file away the musical highlights from the year that was 2014, Future Islands
will undoubtedly hold a special place in the history of it all. While they've been at it since 2006, something about their 4th album Singles
(coupled with a gut-busting/amazing endorsement from David Letterman) truly resonated with a lot of people. This wasn't a band music fans had really watched come of age over the course of a slew of albums. They were a worthy discovery. There was something
about their quirky synth-pop concoctions and frontman Samuel T. Herring's nice-guy serenades (and dance moves) that felt so fresh.
So, it goes without saying that 2014 has been a big ole blessing for the band. But, as a short film titled Road Dawgs
documents, 2014 brought certain challenges along with all of the success. There's the physical toil of having to be in a new city every single night. Herring had to be revived by paramedics after passing out in an airport from exhaustion, for example. Touring life is a grind, an absolute drain on the body and the heart. At one particularly poignant moment in the film, an exasperated sounding Herring laments, "What I need to do is just take a deep breath and sit on the couch with my mom and dad and just watch TV and be there for them to look at and I'll look at them and we'll all be happy." Still, it's clear the band manages to find balance, to plow through the difficulties and appreciate the opportunities 2014 has brought them.