Field Music at The Water Rats, Kings Cross, London, UK. November, 2007.
|Genres||Indie rock; art rock|
|Associated acts||School Of Language
The Week That Was
Andrew Lowther (touring band)
Kev Dosdale (touring band)
|Past members||Tom English (touring band)
Ian Black (touring band)
Field Music are a band from Sunderland, England who formed in 2004. The band's core consists of brothers David and Peter Brewis (who at one time played drums for fellow Sunderland band The Futureheads), with Andrew Moore featuring as pianist on the first two albums and as part of Peter Brewis's solo project The Week That Was. Their line-ups have at times featured members of both Maxïmo Park and The Futureheads. Previous incarnations include The New Tellers and Electronic Eye Machine.
Field Music released their eponymous debut album in August 2005. A collection of B-sides and earlier songs, Write Your Own History, was released in May 2006. Their second album, Tones Of Town, was released on January 22, 2007.
"We basically want to do things that aren't classed as 'Field Music indie band'. We're not going to be a band for a bit. But Field Music aren't going to be over because we've already got a bank account under the name, so we'll just continue as a company. It's time to go and do some real work."
Field Music later confirmed that the band has not split. On their official website the band members addressed the issue and reassured fans as they are still a band they simply wished it to be known that the band is a by-product of their existence, not their reason for it.
David Brewis released an album as School Of Language in February 2008 through Memphis Industries (in the UK and Ireland) and Thrill Jockey Records (in the US and Europe), while Peter Brewis recorded an album under the name The Week That Was which was released on 18 August 2008, also with Memphis Industries, and featured both David Brewis and Andrew Moore on some tracks.
In an interview with Stereogum in July 2009, the band confirmed that they had reunited (minus Andrew Moore) and were busy recording a third Field Music record. The 20 tune album, titled 'Field Music (Measure)' was released through Memphis Industries in February, 2010 (Feb. 15 in the UK, Feb. 16 in the US).
Field Music have been celebrated as one of the few bands to transcend and outlast the short-lived NME-generated "post-punk revival" of the mid-noughties. Describing the band as "a truly artful proposition in the pseud-filled landscape of contemporary Brit art-rock", music blog The Fantastic Hope puts this down in part to their "un-self-conscious anti-fashion stance", arguing that Field Music's "wayward pop from the fringes of academia is one of the most worthwhile ways in which rock//indie/guitar music/white pop/whatever might evolve".
Their fourth album, Plumb, was released on February 13, 2012. It was preceded by the song "(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing", available as a free download from their website. The album was nominated for the Mercury Prize that year.
In September 2013, it was revealed that Field Music had composed a soundtrack for the 1929 silent documentary Drifters. The film, which originally premiered alongside Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, was made by pioneering Scottish director John Grierson and follows the working day of a herring fishing fleet as it sets sail from the Shetland Islands. Field Music premiered the work with a live performance and screening for Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival. This commission sees the original line-up of Peter Brewis, David Brewis and Andrew Moore reunite for the first time since 2007. A subsequent screening and performance was planned for London’s Islington Assembly Hall in November 2013.
In an interview with Songfacts.com, legendary guitarist and producer Al Kooper said that Field Music is his favorite new band.
- Field Music (August 8, 2005)
- Tones Of Town (January 22, 2007)
- Field Music (Measure) (February 15, 2010) UK No. 51
- Plumb (February 13, 2012) UK No. 49
- Write Your Own History - B-sides/early recordings anthology (May 9, 2006)
- Field Music Play... - Covers album (October 1, 2012)
Albums as "School Of Language" (David Brewis)
- Sea From Shore (February 4, 2008)
- Old Fears (April 7, 2014)
Albums as "The Week That Was" (Peter Brewis)
- The Week That Was (August 18, 2008)
|2005||Shorter Shorter||Field Music|
|You Can Decide|
|If Only The Moon Were Up|
|2006||You're Not Supposed To||Write Your Own History|
|In Context||Tones Of Town|
|2007||A House Is Not A Home|
|She Can Do What She Wants|
|2010||Them That Do Nothing||Field Music (Measure)|
|Let's Write A Book|
|2011||(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing||Plumb|
|2012||A New Town|
|Who'll Pay The Bills?|
- Field Music to hibernate
- Progress Report: Field Music
- Niven, Alex. "REASON TO BE MODERATELY HOPEFUL ABOUT THE FUTURE OF MUSIC No. 265". The Fantastic Hope. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
- Leigh, Danny (3 September 2012). "Drifters With Live Score From Field Music". Berwick Upon Tweed Film & Media Arts Festival (Berwick).
- Reporter, Staff (16 September 2012). "Field Music (performing the soundtrack to Drifters) - ILLUMINATIONS". Rock Feedback (London).
- Eccleston, Danny (19 August 2013). "Eleanor Friedberger Comes Into Her Own". Mojo (London).
- "Al Kooper: Songwriter Interviews". Songfacts. Retrieved February 15, 2012.