Field Music review: The most down to earth band in country

Field Music play Norwich gig. Picture Nick Richards.

Field Music play Norwich gig. Picture Nick Richards. - Credit: Archant

It seems apt that 33 years to the day when Norwich and Sunderland began a football love affair that a band from The Black Cats' home town should make a long-awaited return to our fine city.

There's almost an early own goal of Gordon Chisolm proportions when the band make reference to being 'down south' and are soon corrected that they are indeed in the east.

But the band, back in Norwich for the first time since 2006, rectify the situation by insisting that they are going to write a ballad called Lowestoft about the most easterly point of England.

Welcome to the world of Field Music, probably the most down to earth band in the country. They look like they wouldn't be out of place on University Challange and reveal everything from their preferred brand of shampoo, their desire to see Theresa May reading Mojo magazine to their appreciation for Dustbusters and Debenhams.

Musically, the band, essentially brothers David and Peter Brewis with a handful of talented extras joining them on tour, are reminiscent of a clutch of indie guitar bands from the start of this century such as The Zutons, Franz Ferdninand and their north-east pals The Futureheads and Maximo Park.

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There's a bit of XTC and Talking Heads thrown in and they produced a tight percussion-heavy set with everything from flute-riffs to cow bells and the odd sax solo thrown in.

That's not to say they don't go for it. A broken drumstick on first song Time In Joy proves they can produce a meaty sound and recent single Count It Up is a brilliant slice of synth-pop based around Brexit and consumerism.

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