An Interview with David Brewis of Field Music!
Brothers David and Peter Brewis create extremely funky and heartfelt music. Their spin on indie rock is a splendid one. The band has a unique sound between their captivating vocal harmonies along with delightful piano and drum beats that are simply easy to bop your head to. After hearing their latest album Plumb, I was completely hooked to their music. Field Music’s vocalist David spoke to A Music Blog, Yea? about their music, crazy tour moments, favourite lyrics and a few more topics definitely worth checking out!
AMBY: How would you explain Field Music’s music to others?
DB: Generally I try to avoid it. If I’m forced into a corner I might say we make weird pop music.
AMBY: Which three songs are the quintessential Field Music?
DB: I would hope there’s no such thing – every time we feel like we might have stumbled on a formula we try our best to dismantle it as soon as possible.
AMBY: You have recently released a covers album Field Music Plays, how did that come about?
DB: Our label suggested it as a nice little treat to package together with tickets for our UK tour in October. Then it seemed unfair not to give people who couldn’t come to the shows a chance to buy the CD. We don’t think of it as a real album – most of the tracks have been issued before elsewhere.
AMBY: Congrats on your Mercury Prize nomination for Plumb. What are your feelings about the album now that you’ve had time to reflect on it?
DB: Thanks. I think we came pretty close to making the kind of record we were aiming for but it’s been over a year since we finished recording so I feel quite distant from it now.
AMBY: What is the craziest thing to happen to you while touring?
DB: The craziest thing is that we still do it. Most of the events me and the lads laugh about in hindsight make no sense whatsoever in the outside world – they’re neither funny nor entertaining unless you were there.
AMBY: I love the lyrics to From Hide and Seek to Heartache, which Field Music lyric is your favourite and why?
DB: Once I realised who they were about (- our old music teacher who died recently) the lyrics to So Long Then became my favourite.
AMBY: Who would you like to be most and least stuck in an elevator with?
DB: I’d most like to be stuck in an elevator with my wife or my dad. My wife because her panic would be entertaining, my dad because he’d probably figure out a way of getting the elevator unstuck. I’d least like to be stuck in an elevator with someone who either (a) wouldn’t speak at all, (b) spoke non-stop or (c) had questionable personal hygiene.
AMBY: Is there something you’d like to do that you haven’t done yet?
DB: Yes. Tons of stuff.
AMBY: What do you do outside of music for fun?
DB: My wife and I throw around a little toy mouse for our cat and we watch scandinavian crime dramas.
AMBY: Which bands/artists have you been listening to lately?
DB: I’ve been listening to a new album by a guy called Mac Demarco and I’ve been revisiting my Ornette Coleman CDs.
AMBY: What is the best song of 2012?
DB: I have no idea. The best record I’ve become properly acquainted with in 2012 is My Love by Justin Timberlake.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Field Music that nobody knows yet?
DB: I’m an open book. Everyone who wants to already knows pretty much everything about me and the few things which aren’t in the public domain are private for good reason and will remain so.
Their latest album Plumb is one which must be heard, but I highly recommend the tracks (I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing or my personal favourite, From Hide and Seek to Heartache– a full two minutes and forty-nine seconds of musical joy. Lastly, thank you so much David, for giving me your answers!