Give it away, nothing’s worth keeping that you can’t say

Green Man ’10 – Field Music

This was a recording I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to salvage – my dependable mic finally reacting to the dampness of the weekend. Fortunately, thanks to the all round ingenuity of the people who developed Audacity, I was able to salvage my recording of a really fine set. Let’s hear it for Audacity!

Field Music – The Best Band in Britain?

An eagle-eyed Martin had spotted David and Peter Brewis in the Green Man radio van earlier on the Sunday morning and, Friend To The Stars that he is, engaged them in conversation for a while. A charming, self-effacing couple of lads they were too, and this came across later on in the afternoon.

Launching straight into Give It Lose It Take It, they ran through an intelligent, funky set, taking in tracks from each album and a couple from the School of Language record. Each song rang out with a freshness and clarity which is a Field Music trademark. The songs are complex and enquiring listens and I guess are probably quite fun to play – they certainly looked like they were enjoying themselves. All this is added to by the way the brothers switch between guitars and keyboards for their own songs and then drums when it’s the other’s turn. I looked back at the set list for the Guild Hall gig in June and was surprised to see that it was almost identical; it really didn’t seem like it.

A resolute and appreciative bunch of punters spurred them on, and it was a very good set. At one point, someone shouted out “Best band in Britain!” at the top of his voice, to the amusement of the band, particularly when David Brewis* then forgot the lines of Them That Do Nothing. “Worst band in Britain”, he ad-libbed mid verse.

A national treasure at the very least…

As I said, I’ve got the whole set, and really, do yourself a favour…

Give it Lose it Take it

A House is not a Home

Rockist pt 1

Shorter Shorter

Let’s Write a Book

Keep Your Water

A Gap Has Appeared / If Only the Moon Were Up

Them That Do Nothing

Something Familiar / Share the Words

[*That’s a guess. I’m not going to pretend I can remember which brother is which. Someone will tell me…]

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Fran
    Sep 03, 2010 @ 18:30:09

    Absolutely love this band, and this was a great set – thanks for the recording!

    Reply

  2. Lizzie
    Sep 12, 2010 @ 09:40:18

    Thanks so much for uploading this. Brilliant – my favourite band of the GM weekend. Don’t know if it’s just me, but the link for Shorter Shorter downloads Rockist again, and Keep Your Water one of the previous tracks too. Really excellent, though, so thanks again.

    Reply

  3. partlyporpoise
    Sep 12, 2010 @ 13:55:06

    Glad you both like it – they are something special, aren’t they? Don’t worry Lizzie, it’s probably not you, more likely my recurring cack-handedness. I have fixed it…

    Reply

    • everythingismixedup
      Sep 12, 2010 @ 18:25:43

      That’s great, thanks – really appreciate it. Excellent blog, by the way. Am also expecting delivery of the new Sweet Baboo album within days… looking forward to it even more having read your review.

      Reply

  4. Lizzie
    Sep 12, 2010 @ 18:27:21

    That’s great, thanks – really appreciate it. Excellent blog, by the way. Am also expecting delivery of the new Sweet Baboo album within days… looking forward to it even more having read your review.

    Reply

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