Future Islands’ Samuel T Herring feared he ‘was going to die’ earlier this year

The frontman makes the revelation in a new short film called 'Road Dawgs'

Future Islands frontman Samuel T Herring has said that he thought was going to die due to exhaustion earlier this year.

In a new short film about the band, called ‘Road Dawgs’, which you can watch above, the singer says he passed out on the way to play Spanish festival Primavera, and then feared for his life. He comments: “I passed out in the airport on the way to Primavera from exhaustion and had to be revived by medics and then made the plane and played the show and I thought I was going to die… But I just went for it as hard as I could, because I said ‘well, if this is the last one [gig], let’s go’, and so it was a really good show!”

The film was produced and directed by Jay Buim, who directed the video for NME’s Track of the Year, ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’. As well as interviews with the band, it also features exclusive live footage from a gig in the band’s hometown of Baltimore, which took place earlier in 2014.


Future Islands will return to the UK next year for a short tour, which includes an appearance at London’s Royal Albert Hall for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Future Islands play:

London Royal Albert Hall – Teenage Cancer Trust w/ Noel Gallagher (March 28, 2015)
Sheffield Plug (March 29)
London The Roundhouse (March 30)
London The Roundhouse (March 31)

To check the availability of Future Islands tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765

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