Field Music is somewhat of an all-star band in their hometown of Sunderland up there in the northeast corner of England. They’ve shared members with Futureheads and loaned out the drummer from Maximo Park for some album duties. Their debut album hit back in August of last year in the UK drawing comparisons to “Wire arranged by the Beach Boys,” and The Beatles. And when the band lists influences ranging from My Bloody Valentine to Stravinsky to Big Star to Duke Ellington you get your hopes up. Field Music fails to disappoint. It’ll be out next month in the States and I’m calling it the pop album to beat this year. I know for a fact they’ll be going mano a mano with Figurines for my attention. One last note, when you buy the album listen for them lifting Lloyd Cole & The Commotions’ “Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken” verbatim for the bridge in “Pieces.”
4 Replies to “Field Music”
You can already get a copy [like I did] from iTunes. I've been playing this record a lot. A lot more fun [to me] than the much more hyped Futureheads or Maximo Park.
It's great to see some good new British music here on 3hive. Of the bunch of mp3blogs you're one of the best in that respect, but I have yet to find a decent english equivalent. Oh well. Anyway, thanks again and keep it up!
Oh, the humanity! I mean bitrate! But great.
I agree. This is a really GREAT band. I discovered them last year and were my favorite "under the radar" band. Interesting integration of Television, early XTC, the Vapors and a number of other influences that they don't wear on their sleeve as overtly as the Futureheads.