For the past ten years, tucked away in an underground bunker (read: small recording studio) in a top secret, hidden location (Sunderland), two great minds have been hard at work, attempting to create a formula for the perfect sound. So far their research has produced four albums of wonderfully mind bafflingly, intricate, intelligent indie, proggy, classic rocky, genre spanning goodness. It’s also seen them master the live show, with their gigs becoming some of the most interesting, diverse and exiting live shows the UK has to offer.
Under the guise of Field Music, the brothers Brewis (Peter and David) have become one of the region’s most loved and most influential bands, and it’s easy to see why. The story of Field Music begins back in 1999, or probably before that, as then teenage pub-rock prodigies siblings Peter and David Brewis perform their first gig as The New Tellers – a quartet with friends and future Futureheads, Barry and David Hyde.
After signing to London based independent record label Memphis Industries, summer 2005 saw Field Music releas their self titled debut album to warm critical praise, including 4 star reviews in Mojo, Uncut and The Times. At the start of 2007 the band release their second album, Tones Of Town, to another raft of glowing reviews, but by the end of the year, Field Music had, sadly, decided to go on hiatus. During their “break” the brothers worked on their own side projects, David’s School of Language and Peter’s The Week That Was, both releasing brilliant, well received albums.
Two years, and two side projects later, the Brewis Brothers brought the Field Music moniker back with a new line up and a brand new album, playing their first gig as the new and improved Field Music at Split Festival 2009. Since that comeback gig Field Music have re-established themselves as one of the North East’s most loved and exciting bands with the release of two new albums, 2010’s Measure, their most commercially successful and acclaimed record to date, and this year’s Plumb.