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Future Islands “Road Dawgs”

The Baltimore band premieres a mini-documentary about their world tour.

If you’re like me, you’ve been obsessed with everything that Future Islands has touched this year (or ever): their Singles album, their “A Dream of You and Me” video, obviously Letterman, and especially their epic, impromptu Hampdenfest appearance—with Sam Herring heartsick and howling into the setting, summer sun.

Since then, they’ve been jet-setting across Europe, with no Baltimore shows on the horizon and little to keep me fixed besides their Instagram and Twitter feeds—and, of course, their albums on repeat.

Then, this morning, the band premiered Road Dawgs, a mini-documentary about their 2014 world tour, via NPR. The short film was directed and shot by Jay Buim, who also made their sweet, Americana music video for “Seasons (Waiting on You)” earlier this year, and it features interviews, photographs, and footage from along their way.

It’s an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at life on the road that addresses their recent success, the rigorous demands of an extensive tour, and the emotions that ebb and flow during the months away from home. A portrait of beautiful chaos, it reveals how, together, they make it through.