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Hailing from Sunderland, England, indie/art rockers Field Music were formed in the early 2000s by siblings Peter and David Brewis. Their colorful and hyper-musical blend of tricky Beach Boys melodies filtered through a post-rock-meets-prog-rock-meets-soft-rock aesthetic has drawn comparisons to the New Pornographers and the Futureheads. Their self-titled debut was released in 2005 on Memphis Industries Records, followed by Write Your Own History in 2006 and Tones of Town in 2007. After this burst of activity, the brothers put Field Music on hiatus in order to start "solo" projects (School of Language for David, the Week That Was for Peter), though each brother played on the other's albums. The brothers regrouped under the Field Music name in 2010, releasing Field Music (Measure) in early 2010. They didn't wait long before hitting the studio again, the result being 2012's prog rock-influenced Plumb, their fourth full-length outing. To promote it, the brothers also formed a touring edition of Field Music with Kev Dosdale and Ian Black. Once finished with a slate of shows, the brothers Brewis went their semi-separate ways again, with David's School of Language releasing the 2014 album Old Fears and Peter working with Maximo Park's Paul Smith on an album, Frozen by Sight, that came out the same year. Their break was again short-lived, and in 2015 they released Music for Drifters, the soundtrack to a re-release of director John Grierson's landmark 1929 North Sea fishing documentary Drifters. That same year the Brewis brothers joined bassist Black's group Slug to record their first album, Ripe, and started recording their next Field Music album. Commontime, which drew inspiration from slick '80s pop like Hall & Oates, was released in early 2016 by longtime label Memphis Industries. ~ James Christopher Monger

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Sunderland, England

Years Active:

'00s, '10s


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