Reading through the Wikipedia entry for Sunderland's most talented performers, Field Music (sorry Steve Bruce, it's true), you could be forgiven for asking yourself, 'what DOES this band actually sound like, then?'.
"Art-rock" (not a bad description, I guess - wordy, learned, craftsmen and capable of riffing out), "post-punk", "white pop", "anti-fashion" and "pseudo-filled landscapes" have all been quoted from NME et al, with journos desperate to tag them with something. Pigeonholing is what we Brits do badly - but we do it, so I'll describe them as a pop band with one foot in the indie-past and one eye firmly fixed on the future of artful songwriting. See? Tells you **** all.
What we can tell you is that the quartet have announced their first proper tour since 2010 (they played a LOT of festivals for the most part), plus a new album AND a preceding party in celebration of their label, Memphis Industries, reaching 13 years old - lucky for some. The tour is in support of brand new album "Plumb", due out around the same time as this jaunt around the UK, which starts in Glasgow on 18th February, followed by Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham and finally (for now) Bristol on the 23rd. Tickets are on sale now, priced from £8.50 to £9.
The keen-eyed residents of the capital will notice that there is no London show in that schedule - fear not, Field Music fans. You can see the band perform at the 13th anniversary bash for Memphis Industries at the end of this month - head to KOKO in Camden on 30th November to see them as part of a star-studded line-up with The Go!Team, Dutch Uncles and Colourmusic - all for the purse-nurturing price of £15. Field Music are also playing a smaller show in Middlesbrough beforehand - catch them at Westgarth Social Club on 26th November (only £6.50 to get in).