Future Islands, the Baltimore-by-way-of-North Carolina trio, is four years old.
Until last year, the group wasn’t even signed to a proper label. And its new album, “In Evening Air,” has sold only 3,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
Yet keyboardist J. Gerrit Welmers, bassist William Cashion, and vocalist Sam Herring are on the road more than a bunch of Bible salesmen.
Just in the past year, Herring said, they’ve done 130 shows.
“I’m tired. I’m pretty sure I speak for everybody,” Herring said.
If only for that, they have been looking forward to Saturday, when they play the Ottobar in one of their last gigs in the foreseeable future. (Thrill Jockey says they will likely a new album in late 2011).
Since the beginning, Future Islands has been more prolific than late-period Woody Allen. The band has released close to 13 vinyls, split 7-inches, cassette tapes, CD-Rs and albums, and toured extensively, including on Wham City’s Round Robins.
The most recent blitzkrieg of shows started early last year when the group went on tour to promote its album “Wave like Home” and road-test the songs that would become this year’s “In Evening Air.” The touring didn’t stop until November, after a total of 150 shows.
The pace this year has been equally relentless, Herring said. After he had knee surgery in February, the band went on the road again to support the new album. And no sooner had that tour ended, it recorded a split 7-inch — a vinyl single shared by two artists — with North Carolina band Lonnie Walker and went on the road again for an 18-city marathon, a "mini-tour" in their book.
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