Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
I finally, at the third attempt, got to see Field Music live. Despite the best attempts of the weather to close major roads, and the resulting three hour drive, we made it with 15 minutes to spare.
Emma Pollock (ex-Delgados) came on with just a cellist as her third band member was stuck in Dundee. She did a Delgados tune and Paper and Glue from her first album, one from each of her second and third, a new one, and a rather good cover of John Cale’s Paris 1919. She was alright, engaged with the audience, but her guitar style suits having a band behind her.
During the interval I managed to track down @smudger and @bobness (who, it turns out, had been standing directly behind me) and then David Brewis came on stage to warn us we were going to hear the new album in sequence in full, followed by the hits.
What I hadn’t realised is the pulses at the start of the album are actually bombs exploding and it was loud and a bit frightening. The songs were excellent, and the audience (bar one noisy twit) stayed engaged even during the instrumental segues. The projections were fantastic and really added to the post World War theme of the album.
A quick breather then onto the hits. The Noisy Days Are Over, Disappointed, A House Is Not a Home (from second album Tones of Town), one from the You Tell Me album (with keyboardist Sarah Hayes on vocals), one from David Brewis’ solo funk-Trump concept album 45, one encore, and off into the night we trooped.
Many shiny pates. Are 50-something men the only people who can afford to go to gigs, or are we the Field Music fanbase?
It made me think..
I wish the Nottingham one-way system was better sign-posted (big arrows to Rock City would help). My second visit in three months and, even with SatNav, I found myself driving into a bus-only one-way street.
All the Afterworders I have met are lovely.
I wish the lads from Sunderland would come a bit further south.