FIELD MUSIC PREMIERE “SHARE A PILLOW” ON NOISEY
NEW ALBUM OPEN HERE RELEASED 2ND FEBRUARY 2018 ON MEMPHIS INDUSTRIES
BAND ANNOUNCE INSTORE PERFORMANCES FOR FEBRUARY
FULL UK TOUR INCLUDES SPECIAL SHOW WITH ORCHESTRA AT THE BARBICAN, LONDON
Field Music, helmed by Sunderland siblings Peter and David Brewis, recently announced details of their sixth album Open Here (released 2nd February 2018 on Memphis Industries). Today, they share a brand new single “Share A Pillow” via NOISEY, who said “the track sounds a lot like a Talking Heads tune: sharp, crisp, danceable with earnest lyrics, “I’d hate to think you were lonely.”“
Centred around a Roxy Music-esque saxophone stomp that gives way to a characteristically inventive arrangement of vocals, guitar and horns, the track captures the jittery energy and surprising danceability that have become hallmarks of the band’s meticulously-crafted art pop. In contrast to the song’s upbeat strut, its lyrics, according to Peter Brewis, have a surprisingly domestic origin, as they were derived from the bedtime lamentations of his young son, before being layered over a propulsive rhythm with an unlikely source of inspiration.
“This one was inspired by my son creeping into my bed during the night, and him and I having to have a talk about why he needs to be in his own bed.” Brewis tells Noisey. “I’d say ‘There’s no room / You have your own bed etc’. And, he’d often reply with, ‘it’s fine dad, we can share a pillow’, ‘I’m lonely in my room’, ‘it’s too late to go back to bed’. I thought it could come across in a few different ways so I just wrote some of this stuff down without being specific with what it was about…and set then it to the “Uptown Girl” drum beat!”
Field Music recently announced a series of UK & EU shows for 2018. The dates include special nights at the Barbican, London and The Northern Stage, Newcastle with strings, horns, woodwind and assorted percussion provided by the Open Here Orchestra. They’ll also be doing a series of intimate instore gigs on the week of the album release.
“Time In Joy”
Field Music 2018 live dates
02 Feb – Newcastle, Northern Stage
03 Feb – Newcastle, Northern Stage (matinee show)
03 Feb – Newcastle, Northern Stage (evening show)
05 Feb – Rough Trade East, London
06 Feb – Rough Trade Bristol
07 Feb – Rough Trade Nottingham
09 Feb – Resident Records, Brighton
08 Mar – Brighton, Komedia
09 Mar – Bristol, The Lantern
10 Mar – Southampton, Engine Rooms
11 Mar – Exeter, Phoenix
15 Mar – Birmingham, 02 Institute 2
16 Mar – Manchester, Gorilla
17 Mar – Glasgow, Saint Luke’s
22 Mar – Liverpool, Arts Club
23 Mar – Sheffield, Foundry
24 Mar – Norwich, The Waterfront
25 May – London, Barbican with the Open Here Orchestra
05 Apr – Antwerp, Trix
06 Apr – Amsterdam, Melkweg
07 Apr – Paris, Flow
25 May – London, Barbican
What the press are saying about Field Music and Open Here
“No other British group gets near their levels of creativity” **** Album of the Month
“Dazzling, inventive, joyful, and reliably brilliant” ****
“Their most expansive record to date…. another prog-pop masterpiece” 8/10
“The experience of listening to Field Music is akin to moving into a beautifully designed house in which there are no right angles—everything just slightly and perfectly off”
“Perfect crystalline pop”
“It is, fairly obviously, to the ranks of the critically acclaimed that Field Music belong.”
– The Guardian
“Field Music make music that is melodic, harmonic, and nerdishly smart…one of the most criminally underrated bands in the world.”
The two years since Commontime have been strange and turbulent. If you ever thought the world made some kind of sense, you may have questioned yourself a few times in the past two years. And that questioning, that erosion of faith – in people, in institutions, in shared experience – runs through every song on the new Field Music album.
The brother’s studio, on the banks of the river Wear, became a sanctuary away from everything political and personal, a cocoon of creativity. And conversely, making the album became an alternative way to connect to people, with a wide array of musicians invited to leave their mark, notably Sarah Hayes on flute and piccolo, Liz Corney on vocals, Pete Fraser on saxophone, Simon Dennis on trumpet and flugelhorn, a Cornshed Sisters choir and the regular string quartet of Ed Cross, Jo Montgomery, Chrissie Slater and Ele Leckie.
The result is a record that is bigger in scale, grander than anything they’ve done before. David Brewis explains, “where Commontime felt like a distillation of all of the elements that make up Field Music, this feels like an expansion; as if we’re pushing in every direction at once to see how far we can go”.
Over thirteen years and six albums, Field Music have managed to carve a niche where all of these sounds can find a place; a place where pop music can be as voracious as it wants to be. Field Music will be touring as a seven piece with core live players Kev Dosdale (guitar), Andrew Lowther (bass), Liz Corney (vocals and keys) plus Damo Waters on percussion and Sarah Hayes on flute and keyboards.
Open Here is available to pre-order on transparent 180g vinyl, CD and cassette from www.field-music.co.uk. Limited edition bundles including signed test pressings, tea towels and five postcard sets are available.
“Count It Up”
Open Here album teaser video https://youtu.be/au3S8F08v54