Review: Field Music, The Cluny, Newcastle

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IT’S TESTAMENT to the talents of Field Music that an extra night had to be added to the Newcastle leg of their Plumb tour to quell the public’s appetite for their sound.

If further proof were needed that this is one of Sunderland’s most respected acts you need only have looked around the audience on this second night, which was peppered with alumni from The Futureheads, Frankie & the Heartstrings and Maximo Park.

Whether you’re a music maker or a just a music fan, there’s no denying that brothers Peter and David Brewis (plus Kevin Dosdale on keys and guitar and new band member Andrew Lowther on bass) are masters of their field.

Wielding their brand of muscular prog pop in fourth album Plumb, they sweep you along on a wave of haunting vocals, angular sounds and super-tight harmonies.

Theirs is not an in-your-face kind of showmanship: there’s no hair flicking and hip-swivelling.

It seems they prefer the music to be the frontman. And what a kaleidoscopic frontman it is, full of indie twists and pop turns with unusual musical accompaniments, such as the sound of bubbling water, thrown in for good measure.

It’s been said about Field Music that they exist out on a limb – choosing to live and record in Sunderland and Newcastle rather than head to the bright lights of London.

This, however, is what makes Field Music, Field Music. For theirs is a quirky, unique sound most unlike the sometimes homogenous tunes churned out of London.

Though staunchly passionate about their home town, the band rarely play Sunderland. However, this week it’s been announced they will play Independent, on Holmeside, in April.

Read more about their homecoming appearance in Saturday’s Echo. If it’s anything like their sell-out Cluny gigs, it will be one not to miss.