Field Music

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Field Music
Field Music at The Water Rats, Kings Cross, London, UK. November, 2007.
Background information
Origin Sunderland, England
Genres Indie rock; art rock; prog-pop
Years active 2004–present
Labels Memphis Industries
Associated acts School Of Language
The Week That Was
The Futureheads
Maximo Park

David Brewis
Peter Brewis
Andrew Lowther (touring band)
Kev Dosdale (touring band)
Liz Corney

(touring band)
Past members Tom English (touring band)
Ian Black (touring band)
Andrew Moore

Field Music are a band from Sunderland, England that formed in 2004, notable for their numerous side-projects and collaborations with other musicians in the Wearside region.[1] 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 occasionally featured as keyboardist. Their line-up has at times featured members of both Maxïmo Park and The Futureheads. Early Brewis projects prior to Field Music include The New Tellers and Electronic Eye Machine, several songs of which ended up as early Field Music recordings. Their style has been dubbed 'prog-pop' by the British music press, reflecting both the experimental and traditional elements of their compositional style.


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 22 January 2007.

In an interview with BBC 6 Music in April 2007 the band claimed they were intending to split once the promotional engagements for Tones Of Town were completed in June 2007.[2]

"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 had not split, addressing the hiatus on their official website. 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,[3] the band confirmed that they had reunited (minus Andrew Moore) and were busy recording a third Field Music record. The 20-song double album, titled 'Field Music (Measure)' was released through Memphis Industries in February, 2010 (15 February in the UK, 16 February 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".[4]

The band was chosen personally by Belle & Sebastian to perform at their second Bowlie Weekender festival presented by All Tomorrow's Parties in the UK in December 2010.

Their fourth album, Plumb, was released on 13 February 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.[5] 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 saw the original line-up of Peter Brewis, David Brewis and Andrew Moore reunite for the first time since 2007. A subsequent screening and performance took place at London’s Islington Assembly Hall in November 2013.[6]

David Brewis played with former Fiery Furnaces singer Eleanor Friedberger on her UK tour in the summer of 2013.[7] He released a second School Of Language album - Old Fears - in April 2014. Both David Brewis and Peter Brewis joined their former bass player Ian Black in the band Slug, touring as support to Hyde & Beast in the autumn of 2014. Peter Brewis also released an album, Frozen By Sight, with Maximo Park's Paul Smith on 17 November 2014.[8] In an interview with, legendary guitarist and producer Al Kooper said that Field Music is his favorite new band.[9]

In 2016 the band released their sixth album as Field Music, Commontime[10].




Field Music Productions[edit]

Albums by David Brewis as "School Of Language"[edit]

Albums by Peter Brewis[edit]


  • Elements Of The Sun EP (collaboration with Warm Digits for BBC Radio 3's Late Junction Sessions) (24 September 2012)
  • "Five Pieces for Roker, and Percussion" ('found sound', by Peter Brewis for the NGCA) (2013)



Year Title Album

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?


  1. ^
  2. ^ Field Music to hibernate
  3. ^ Progress Report: Field Music
  4. ^ Niven, Alex. "REASON TO BE MODERATELY HOPEFUL ABOUT THE FUTURE OF MUSIC No. 265". The Fantastic Hope. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Leigh, Danny (3 September 2012). "Drifters With Live Score From Field Music". Berwick Upon Tweed Film & Media Arts Festival (Berwick). 
  6. ^ Reporter, Staff (16 September 2012). "Field Music (performing the soundtrack to Drifters) - ILLUMINATIONS". Rock Feedback (London). 
  7. ^ Eccleston, Danny (19 August 2013). "Eleanor Friedberger Comes Into Her Own". Mojo (London). 
  8. ^ "Paul Smith (Maximo Park) and Peter Brewis (Field Music)". Drowned In Sound. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Al Kooper: Songwriter Interviews". Songfacts. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
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