Future Islands’ energetic front man Samuel T Herring tells Lauren Murphy that the three-piece are working up a sweat on their tour and doing the laundry
It’s been really good. We’re doing laundry right now. The glamorous life of a touring band, eh? This is one of my favourite days of the tour, though, because it means I have fresh clothes. I sweat a lot on stage, so I pretty much just ruin my clothes — and carrying around dirty, wet clothes isn’t fun. Our producer, Chester [Gwazda] actually recorded Wave Like Home for us as part of his junior year college project, so we didn’t get to hear it until months later, when he finished the semester (laughs). But we recorded On the Water at a friend’s home in North Carolina, about five hours south of Baltimore in a little town called Elizabeth City. We were isolated, but in a beautiful house near our hometowns, on the river. We didn’t have the means to pay for studio time, anyway. I feel like the process for On the Water was much easier than In Evening Air. The studio concept is still strange to us; there’s something about recording in a house, with its own sound and personality, that can be really interesting, rather than in some studio that thousands of bands have recorded an album in.