SUNDERLAND band Field Music are in the running for the industry’s most prestigious awards.
The group’s fourth album Plumb stands alongside offerings from Plan B and The Maccabees in the album of the year category.
The band, who will play Sunderland’s Split Festival on September 23, thanked fans on their website after the shortlist was announced.
They said: “Well, blow us down and knock our socks off – Plumb has only been nominated for the Mercury Prize. We’re a few albums in now and we were fairly convinced our chances of ever making the Mercury shortlist were minimal to nil so this is a really nice surprise.
“Thanks for sticking with us, coming to the shows, buying the records and trying to convince the uninitiated to check us out.”
Sunderland-born TV presenter Lauren Laverne announced the four-piece progressive pop band had been shortlisted for Album Of The Year for their fourth album, Plumb.
Fans and fellow musicians have sent their congratulations to the band.
Frankie Francis, lead singer with Frankie and the Heartstrings said: “We’re so happy for our friends Field Music.”
The Futureheads also expressed their delight: “So many heartfelt congrats go out to Field Music for their Mercury Prize nomination. Woop Woop!”
Field Music, led by brothers David and Peter Brewis, formed in 2004.
The recorded the Plumb album on the banks of the River Wear in 2011 and, despite being the darlings of music critics, have always maintained links to the city.
David still lives in Roker and the band are staunch supporters of The Bunker studios in Stockton Road.
Simon Frith, chair of judges, said: “This year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist showcases a wonderful variety of musical voices, emotions and ambitions.
“There are eight debut albums on the list and four albums from more established artists. The sheer range of music here celebrates the abiding ability of British musicians to find new ways to explore traditional themes of love and loss while making an exhilarating soundtrack for life in 2012.”