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Has anyone heard their album, or anything much else from them? If so, what are folks' opinions?

They are a band from the city in which I reside (Sunderland), who do actually sound rather up my street...

Tom May (Tom May), Tuesday, 9 August 2005 10:40 (fifteen years ago) link

I love them, but haven't managed to convince many other people. They were unfortunate to come out after Futureheads, Maximo, etc - all of whom I think they're much better than. I guess they don't really have a persona in the way the other bands do - they're more of a studio project. But the album is certainly in my top 5 of the year so far.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Tuesday, 9 August 2005 10:46 (fifteen years ago) link

What do they sound like?

Sick Mouthy (Nick Southall), Tuesday, 9 August 2005 10:56 (fifteen years ago) link

XTC.

Haha, well a bit. That's certainly the obvious and lazy critical comparison, but they're a lot more interesting than that would lead you to believe. There's bits of jerky post-punk but also dainty psych-pop, gorgeous harmonizing and stylish orchestration. 'Shorter Shorter' may be the one to download.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Tuesday, 9 August 2005 11:04 (fifteen years ago) link

They are pretty good - saw them with Milky Wimpshake in Newcastle a while ago (Pete B from them had to stand in for Christine on bass for the Wimpshake set, too, and managed to work it really well considering he had about 5 minutes notice). I kind of saw a bit of Roxy Music in them, maybe? Don't think they'll ever blow me away, though, they're a little too polished.

emil.y (emil.y), Tuesday, 9 August 2005 11:21 (fifteen years ago) link

they're playing at the barfly (camden) on friday (i think), but unfortunately it's part of the q.o.n. night. i'm kind of interested to hear what they're like live as the tracks i have are quite studio/polished, but that event is always a nightmare.

lauren (laurenp), Tuesday, 9 August 2005 11:48 (fifteen years ago) link

What do they sound like? XTC.

That's what they said about Dogs Die In Hot Cars and I hated them...

JoB (JoB), Tuesday, 9 August 2005 12:00 (fifteen years ago) link

These endless XTC comparisons annoy me - mostly in the sense that the bands who choose to 'sound like them' are invariably based around a very limited reading of XTC and their sound. They've clearly not heard "Mummer" or anything later. And don't realise how rooted in *place* XTC's music has always been - Robin C. expressed it all very well.

I gather that Field Music may be something better than a lot of these tedious 'post punk' bandwagoners; but might it be a case of promise rather than delivery? I'm certainly more keen on buying the Shortwave Set album, for instance, than theirs. No surprises I guess, considering how much people have been raving about that.

Tom May (Tom May), Tuesday, 9 August 2005 12:07 (fifteen years ago) link

I think the Field Music record is just as good as the Shortwave Set - and I say that as a big fan of 'The Debt Collection'.

You can hear a couple of streaming Field Music things here:
http://www.memphis-industries.com/field_music.html

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Tuesday, 9 August 2005 12:21 (fifteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
I picked up the album last week and I think it's safe to say this will be my favorite album of the year. I hear some Pinback (call and response vox, some of the instrumental arrangements). But not likely they would have heard those guys. I do love the production of the album. The drums and bass are nice and thuddy.

righteousmaelstrom (righteousmaelstrom), Tuesday, 30 August 2005 21:12 (fifteen years ago) link

In a non-fucked up world, this thread would have the number of responses that the fucking CYHSY thread does. This is the best new band I've heard all year.

darin (darin), Tuesday, 30 August 2005 21:55 (fifteen years ago) link

I found the album quite tiresome even before it was over.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Wednesday, 31 August 2005 01:22 (fifteen years ago) link

(of course, the same could be said for CYHSY)

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Wednesday, 31 August 2005 01:22 (fifteen years ago) link

Based on this thread, I checked the album out and was instantly hooked.

It's so hard to find interesting, tuneful, quirky, pop these days.

Brooker Buckingham (Brooker B), Wednesday, 31 August 2005 14:03 (fifteen years ago) link

this is an excellent album, no question.

marc h. (marc h.), Wednesday, 31 August 2005 14:25 (fifteen years ago) link

It's so hard to find interesting, tuneful, quirky, pop these days.

Ain't that the sad truth.

darin (darin), Wednesday, 31 August 2005 15:05 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
I'm really disappointed that this band is receiving the attention they deserve.

Harumph.

darin (darin), Friday, 7 October 2005 22:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Arggh... I meant ISN'T receiving the attention they derserve.

darin (darin), Friday, 7 October 2005 22:35 (fourteen years ago) link

No doubt.

I've told quite a few people about them, but it's hard to find the album. And the couple of people I was sure would like it didn't seem enthused when I played it for them.

Maybe it's TOO quirky for most. I don't know.

Nathan Michel's "The Beast" is like that too. Brilliant, complex sculpted pop filtered through DSP. Absolutely astounding, but a bit offputting in its' execution. The people that gravitate towards this form of ornate pop aren't sure what to think about the Max treatments on the analog instrumentation.

Brooker Buckingham (Brooker B), Friday, 7 October 2005 23:31 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Some new songs sound like SUPERTRAMP hurrah

FACEBRACE (FACEBRACE), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 14:13 (thirteen years ago) link

My dad heard one of their new songs on Mixing It a coupla nights ago and ran into my room declaring that there was this band who sounded like 'a cross between XTC and Yes'. Consider me intrigued.

You've Got Scourage On Your Breath (Haberdager), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 14:19 (thirteen years ago) link

love the new album a lot more than the 1st album. they seems to have really nailed their 70s pop style this time around.

here's some official tracks via the label site ..

http://static.memphis-industries.com/sittightbyfieldmusic.mp3

http://static.memphis-industries.com/giveitloseittakeitbyfieldmusic.mp3

"xtc vs yes" - good call.

mark e (mark e), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 14:28 (thirteen years ago) link

So looking forward to this album.

righteousmaelstrom (righteousmaelstrom), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 21:03 (thirteen years ago) link

first album was dull: rhythmically and vocally flat. "in context" (the song) is one of the best songs for a long time.

jed_ (jed), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 21:48 (thirteen years ago) link

pff the first album is great! but in context is awesome. i can't wait for the new album, super exciting!

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 23:07 (thirteen years ago) link

A friend played me the first album, it's really good. Not exactly my thing but I really like the odd times + pop songs and all the little percussion arrangements are fantastic.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 23:14 (thirteen years ago) link

his voice is totally bland on that record. sounds good on "in context" though.

excellent video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBqx9Tpmj-U

jed_ (jed), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 23:17 (thirteen years ago) link

it probably helps that i was a big fan of the new tellers too

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 23:23 (thirteen years ago) link

(their last ep had flashes of proto-field music-ness..)

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 23:23 (thirteen years ago) link

actually i think i heard "in context" first then listened to what i thought was the album it came from (i didn't know the name of the track). the album seemed seemed flat and boring in comparison. i will give it another try tho.

jed_ (jed), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 23:33 (thirteen years ago) link

it's all taste, but i love the first album from start to finish. 'you can decide' is the first FM (appropriate initials) track i heard and it hooked me straight away

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 23:53 (thirteen years ago) link

it's also worth hearing their excellent remix of maximo park's 'i want you to stay' where they completely replace the backing music with their own stuff.. clever

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 23:54 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Too bad they broke up, but The Week That Was hits the spot just as well.

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 7 October 2008 20:52 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, not bad, but needs a few more listenings I think.
School of Language is bit boring, though.

zeus, Tuesday, 7 October 2008 21:33 (eleven years ago) link

i wasn't too excited by the TWTW album.. zeus probably otm about needing more listenings

jonty alouette (electricsound), Tuesday, 7 October 2008 22:23 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

Awesome. Cool cover.

M. Grissom/DeShields (jaymc), Thursday, 22 October 2009 17:41 (ten years ago) link

Double album means the whole thing might be longer than an hour?

& other try hard shitfests (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 22 October 2009 17:47 (ten years ago) link

that new song is pretty cool. i don't listen to them that much, but they seem like a really smart band.

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:17 (ten years ago) link

that is a good cover. i was never terribly impressed by either of the offshoots, they seem to do a much better job when pooling their creative resources

would s*m*a*s*h (electricsound), Thursday, 22 October 2009 22:04 (ten years ago) link

i prefer the week that was to field music. they do genesis way better than elbow do. i'd be more excited about a double concept album by them

kamerad, Thursday, 22 October 2009 22:30 (ten years ago) link

Measure comes out February 16. So glad, I thought they broke up for good!

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 23 October 2009 15:33 (ten years ago) link

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/11584-measure/

nice song

"it's their White Album"...

Zeno, Tuesday, 27 October 2009 15:17 (ten years ago) link

i was never terribly impressed by either of the offshoots

I really, really liked The Week That Was. As usual, though, it was too brief. I hope there's a second one someday.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 27 October 2009 15:26 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

first impression of the new record:

pros: interesting xtc/mccartney meets some math rock sound, catchy melodies.
cons: too long,probably not constantly successful.

Zeno, Sunday, 6 December 2009 22:30 (ten years ago) link

too long

this is a big shame. one of the strengths of the first record is how compact and un-noodly it is

an error has occurred (electricsound), Sunday, 6 December 2009 22:39 (ten years ago) link

they tried to be a little Deerhoof-y-experimental here, sometimes it works. sometimes not.

but,again, it's only my 1st impression.

Zeno, Sunday, 6 December 2009 22:44 (ten years ago) link

Absolutely floored by the new one. Combined with their two other (flawless) albums and wonderful solo projects, I'm solidly convinced that Field Music is one of the most significant bands of the past ten years. They're on par with SFA for quality/complexity/catchiness.

Davey D, Friday, 18 December 2009 03:19 (ten years ago) link

There's a fussy math-rock quality about them that kind of irritates me, but not aws much as it irritates people whom I try to turn on to them.

It is a lonely and not entirely enthusiastic fandom.

I was in a drop-D metal band we called Requiem (staggerlee), Friday, 18 December 2009 04:39 (ten years ago) link

Very anxious to hear this!

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 18 December 2009 04:39 (ten years ago) link

Agreed that people here in the US don't seem to be aware of them. They're playing what is pretty much my city's smallest proper venue in a couple weeks, and it probably won't even sell out. And tix are only 12 bucks!

But yeah, some hype from the likes of NPR would prob help these guys out. (As you said, in the best way possible!)

dc, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 21:24 (four years ago) link

I don't remember how I found Tones of Town (I think it was a couple years after it came out), but I remember first thinking it was something from the mid to late 70s, and second thinking "Why has no one ever even mentioned this band's name to me before?"

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 21:48 (four years ago) link

Yeah, I def came upon them by accident, too. (Uh, to the extent that obsessive-compulsively looking up every band I hear about for the last 20 years is an accident.)

dc, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 21:56 (four years ago) link

lol otm

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 21:58 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I would guess they would (or do) play best to the aging-hipster-to-boomer set

Yeah, that more or less sums up the (small) crowd that showed up for them in DC last night. They were playing with a smaller band than usual; show had an appealing seat-of-the-pants quality. I dug it.

dc, Friday, 25 March 2016 14:36 (four years ago) link

oh yeah they're playing NYC tomorrow, almost forgot, may try to get tix

human life won't become a cat (man alive), Friday, 25 March 2016 14:51 (four years ago) link

playing tonight in philly. can't believe the show isn't sold out

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 25 March 2016 14:57 (four years ago) link

Yeah, neither is NYC it seems. Small venue too. Guess whoever promotes them has not figured out how to do it properly. Want to go but I am old and a 9pm show with two openers definitely means a late start time.

human life won't become a cat (man alive), Friday, 25 March 2016 15:00 (four years ago) link

there were maybe like 60 or 70 ppl at the show last night. they went on at 10:15.

dc, Friday, 25 March 2016 15:04 (four years ago) link

anti-prog press has poisoned listeners to this type of stuff too

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 25 March 2016 15:14 (four years ago) link

yeah sounding like genesis is not cool in 2016

ciderpress, Friday, 25 March 2016 16:53 (four years ago) link

or roxy music or XTC really, which is way too bad

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 25 March 2016 18:07 (four years ago) link

Which is also super-weird, because my teenage kids and all their friends are really into Roxy Music. You could make a million dollars if you were a young Ferry soundalike right now, I'd-a thought.

hardcore dilettante, Friday, 25 March 2016 18:13 (four years ago) link

The band isn't getting enough attention for this album, which is excellent, but they've never really been a big thing in the US even when they were kinda buzzy a decade ago.

Disappointed is so great and I finally figured out what song it reminds me of: Love at First Sight by XTC

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Friday, 25 March 2016 18:17 (four years ago) link

I don't really hear the Roxy Music parallels

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Friday, 25 March 2016 18:18 (four years ago) link

roxy music + gentle giant x XTC = fairly solid description imho. they've got the funk

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 25 March 2016 18:30 (four years ago) link

great show! one brother had a huge grin on his face the whole time, playing drums or guitar

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 26 March 2016 13:33 (four years ago) link

I think it's hard to sell a band in their age category to younger fans when the band isn't either pretending to be younger or one of those name-dropped "influential"/cult bands

human life won't become a cat (man alive), Sunday, 27 March 2016 00:50 (four years ago) link

Show at NYC was really good, love how they kept switching drums and guitar--banter was funny too

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Sunday, 27 March 2016 04:49 (four years ago) link

i was bummed they didn't do "a new town" in philly to give the bass player a little shine but man, what a show! no fucks to give, just song after great song

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 27 March 2016 16:56 (four years ago) link

I think this band hits a nerve for me because they're roughly the same age as me and sound closer than any band to the band I've had in my head for the past few years.

human life won't become a cat (man alive), Monday, 28 March 2016 03:58 (four years ago) link

six months pass...

Album is still so good.

I know hoes that know Ali Farka Toure (voodoo chili), Saturday, 15 October 2016 04:42 (three years ago) link

Been loving But Not For You lately

I know hoes that know Ali Farka Toure (voodoo chili), Saturday, 15 October 2016 04:43 (three years ago) link

I don't know much about this band but 'Disappointed (Ewan Pearson Extended Mix)' is such fun.

https://soundcloud.com/memphisindustries/field-music-disappointed-ewan-pearson-extended-mix/

Noel Emits, Saturday, 15 October 2016 07:52 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

i like the new record

maura, Friday, 2 February 2018 14:40 (two years ago) link

My copy arrived this afternoon, now playing. Oh how I love this band.

mike t-diva, Friday, 2 February 2018 14:51 (two years ago) link

Yeah, I consistently really enjoy these guys.

FWIW Time in Joy kind of sounds like Siberian Khartu

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Friday, 2 February 2018 16:05 (two years ago) link

this is great. love these guys. last two songs on the album are next-level symphonic

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 3 February 2018 16:45 (two years ago) link

I haven't heard it yet, but their last one ended up being my least favourite album of theirs.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Saturday, 3 February 2018 17:26 (two years ago) link

I have only half heard this, and it seems incredibly good so far.

calzino, Saturday, 3 February 2018 17:28 (two years ago) link

i have listened to this once and altho i try to give any album time, especially when the band in question has earned that with their prior output, i will note that i am contemplating staying at work overnight so i don't have to listen to this again on the commute home.

Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:54 (two years ago) link

While I wouldn't go that far, I was similarly nonplussed

imago, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:55 (two years ago) link

The Noisy Days Are Over and Disappointed was an awesome way to start an album but to rest of Commontime was drudgery and that seems to have spilt over into this

imago, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:56 (two years ago) link

Measure still their best by miles obv

imago, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:57 (two years ago) link

it's no week that was but what is?

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 18:02 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I really dig it - too many gauzy dreamy numbers but the ones that are sharp are sharp. It reminds me of Wasp Star but with more charm.

bumbling my way toward the light or wahtever (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 8 March 2018 00:45 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

Okay, so it turns out that Open Here is their best album yet. I tried to recall the last time a Field Music LP blew me away this much and I realised none of their prior work has, not even Tones of Town. Quite remarkable, since Commontime bored me.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Tuesday, 29 May 2018 20:56 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

Open Here > Tones of Town > Plumb
> Commontime > Field Music > Measure

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 25 August 2018 19:16 (two years ago) link

such is the wonderful variety of ilx that I would pretty much reverse those arrows

imago, Saturday, 25 August 2018 20:28 (two years ago) link

Curious to hear why your prefer Open Here to Commontime, turrican

guardians of the gums: i am tooth (voodoo chili), Saturday, 25 August 2018 20:36 (two years ago) link

The first and last tracks on Open Here blow pretty much everything on Commontime out of the water, IMO.

Measure is overlong, riddled with filler and a slog, but there's a great record in there somewhere. One of 'em has to come last, though.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 25 August 2018 21:28 (two years ago) link

(I've since come around to a fair bit of Commontime - 'The Noisy Days are Over' and 'Trouble at the Lights' particularly)

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 25 August 2018 21:31 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

First listen to Making a New World. I’m ... not sure ... about it. I think it feels shorter than it is, which is a good sign.

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 02:03 (eight months ago) link

Haven't picked it up yet but probably will do once payday rolls around.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 14:59 (eight months ago) link

From a commission and all about the aftermath of the first world war, isn't it?

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 15:00 (eight months ago) link

I do wonder why Field Music have faded so much. I think they maybe grew too obsessed with working on a single sound, and they've worked the life out of it

opden gnash (imago), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 15:57 (eight months ago) link

I'm sort of annoyed such a bunch of nitwits have taken the title from a Paul Nash masterpiece, which is a really beautiful haunted title as well as a painting - which I can't imagine their music matching the gravitas of tbh!

calzino, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:05 (eight months ago) link

Might be the first time Field Music have been described as “such a bunch of nitwits.”

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 11:46 (eight months ago) link

probably melt cunts as well!

opden gnash (imago), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 11:54 (eight months ago) link

they most likely are led-by-donkieys type feebs that became radicalised by threat of austerity finishing off 6 music!

calzino, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 12:09 (eight months ago) link


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