Not many people would dare to try and make pop music that incorporated odd time signatures and complex Chord structures, but there are the odd acception to the rules one of those being Sunderland’s Field Music.
Born from the brain child of brothers Peter and David Brewis, Feield Music provide what I call the perfect componants of what I call Skronk pop. I know that not many people will know the term Skronk pop, but basically its indie pop that wonky rhythms and distilled chord changes. Its like as if they took the finely crafted outlines of The Cardiacs and sprinkled a sizable amount of XTC styled indie.
When they first reared their head, which would have been back in “005n when we were in the grips of a post punk style sound wave, with bands like Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, Maximo Park and the Futureheads domminated the indie dance floors up and down the Uk. I think that they probably sound a bit more like Maximo park then anyone else, showing a distained intelligence and a playfullness that is not often seen within pop music.
I think its their playful aspect that has made them popular with fanzines and magazines alike and grown a cult fan base. Its a skill to make each record sound distinctive but still have a recognisable feel to each and every song.
I think sometimes people stick to firmly to the four to the floor are probably to scared to try other things. This may not actually be the case so sorry if I come across a bit like a complete know it all, because obviously it depends on peoples musical ability. I feel that as band they have always looked at ways of utilising odd structured hooks.
Its like as if the Brewis brothers have locked themselves away with a mountain of instruments. at times their playfulness does embark on the ridiculous, in fact there is a dominant sense of almost disco sized post punk, which makes them sound a bit like the sort of broth that David Byrne may well chuck around.
They have just released their 4th studio album Plumb, its a pretty consistent work rate that they have been banging out records so far. And their progression seems to be getting more weird and wonderfrul prog adventures!
A hefty dose of prog rock in there too especially during Peter Brewis’ sit-down keyboard-and-voice numbers. I thought these were the standout tunes. I do very much like their “angular p(f)unk” stuff but that’s been a well-trodden path in the last few years.
Great blog Jeff!