Crawdaddy is buzzing as State takes its seat in the gallery for tonight’s sell-out show. Why wouldnt it be? Having returned from a self-imposed hiatus, Field Music’s stunning new album has mouths a-flapping both sides of the Atlantic. From the get-go, the Brewis brothers and their hired hands are all about the music tonight, stopping only after the fourth tune or so to say hello to the fans.
Jovial throughout, their joy seeps into their playing-taut rhythms that change on the drop of a dime. Dynamite instrumentation permeates their music and their chops are razor sharp. Album standout ‘Let’s Write A Book’ gets an airing early on and sets the audience off with its kraut-esque grooves. Indeed,most of the material tonight is drawn from new album Measure, including the title track and a sublime version of ‘Them That Do Nothing’.
They do delve into the back catalogue with ‘Give It Lose It Take It’ from Tones of Town but it’s all about Field Music MK 2 as they skitter through the angular ‘Clear Water’. They finally wave goodnight after a brief encore, still with wry smiles plastered on their faces. Looks like 2010 is going to be a big year for them and judging by the rapturous applause here tonight, this may be the last small time they’ll play places as small as Crawdaddy. Catch them while you can.
Photos by Damien McGlynn.