Field Music

SATURDAY 8TH AUGUST 2020

19.00 - 22.00

FIELD MUSIC ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
The 19 track “Making a New World” will be released on
10 January 2020 via Memphis Industries
New single “Only In a Man’s World” out now. Listen HERE

UK tour announced for February 2020

Field Music’s new release is “Making A New World”, a 19 track song cycle about the after-effects of the First World War. But this is not an album about war and it is not, in any traditional sense, an album about remembrance. There are songs here about air traffic control and gender reassignment surgery. There are songs about Tiananmen Square and about ultrasound. There are even songs about Becontree Housing Estate and about sanitary towels.

“We imagined the lines from that image continuing across the next hundred years,” says the band’s David Brewis, “and we looked for stories which tied back to specific events from the war or the immediate aftermath. In writing these songs, we felt we were pulling the war towards us — out of remembrance and into the everyday — into the now.” If the original intention might have been to create a mostly instrumental piece, this research forced and inspired a different approach. These were stories itching to be told.

First single from the new album is “Only In a Man’s World” which you can listen to now HERE. David says of the song:

"I found myself researching the development of sanitary pads - not a statement I’ve ever imagined myself making - and was surprised at how little the advertising material has changed in a hundred years. It’s still, Hey Ladies! Let’s not mention it too loudly but here is the perfect product to keep you feeling normal WHILE THE DISGUSTING, DIRTY THING HAPPENS. And you realise that it’s a kind of madness that a monthly occurrence for billions of women - something absolutely necessary for the survival of humanity - is seen as shameful or dirty - and is taxed MORE than razor blades?!

At every stage of making this song, I had to ask myself, am I allowed to do this? Is it okay to do this? And I cringed in the next room when I first showed it to my wife. But I think confronting my own embarrassment is a pretty fundamental part of what the song is about."

Making a New World grew from a project the band undertook for the Imperial War Museum and were first performed at their sites in Salford and London in January 2019. The starting point was a document from the IWM collection; an image, from a 1919 publication on munitions by the US War Department, made using “sound ranging”, a technique that utilised an array of transducers to capture the vibrations of gunfire at the front. These vibrations were displayed on a graph, similar to a seismograph, where the distances between peaks on different lines could be used to pinpoint the location of enemy armaments. This particular image showed the minute leading up to 11am on 11th November 1918, and the minute immediately after. One minute of oppressive, juddering noise and one minute of near-silence.

The songs are in a kind of chronological order, starting with the end of the war itself; the uncertainty of heading home in a profoundly altered world (“Coffee or Wine”). Later we hear a song about the work of Dr Harold Gillies (the shimmering ballad, “A Change of Heir”), whose pioneering work on skin grafts for injured servicemen led him, in the 1940s, to perform some of the very first gender reassignment surgeries. We see how the horrors of the war led to the Dada movement and how that artistic reaction was echoed in the extreme performance art of the 60s and 70s (the mathematical head-spin of “A Shot To The Arm”). And then in the funk stomp of “Money Is A Memory”, we picture an office worker in the German Treasury preparing documents for the final instalment on reparation debts - a payment made in 2010, 91 years after the Treaty of Versailles was signed. A defining, blood-spattered element of 20th century history becomes a humdrum administrative task in a 21st century bureaucracy.

This is Field Music’s first true concept album. It’s also their first record, at least since 2007’s Tones of Town, which really is a “band” album. While most of Field Music’s output has been pieced together primarily by brothers Peter and David Brewis, with a supporting cast dropping in to add finishing touches, the basic tracks for Making A New World were recorded in two full-run throughs by the Field Music live band - Liz Corney on keyboards, Kevin Dosdale on guitar and Andrew Lowther on bass, with Peter and David on guitar and drums respectively - in a single day, following the final performance at IWM London.

Field Music will be performing Making a New World in its entirety, with each song accompanied by visuals created by the band’s Kevin Dosdale. There will also be a bonus set of classics from the Field Music oeuvre.



Making a New World will be available to pre-order on gatefold limited edition transparent red vinyl, CD and digital. Go HERE for all you pre-ordering options




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Seazoo
Hug & Pint, Glasgow19.30£8.00
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Lankum
Summerhall, EdinburghDoors 7.30pmCancelled
MON 24 AUG 2020
This Will Destroy You
Stereo, GlasgowDoors 7:00pm£20.50
TUE 25 AUG 2020
SWANS
Summerhall, Edinburgh19.00£28.50
The Naked Feedback
Hug & Pint, Glasgow19.30£9.00
WED 26 AUG 2020
Admiral Fallow
Summerhall, Edinburgh19.00£18.50
SAT 29 AUG 2020
mclusky
Summerhall, Edinburgh19.00£20.00
SUN 30 AUG 2020
Andy Shauf * To Be Rescheduled
Summerhall, EdinburghDoors 7pm£16.50
Andy Shauf
Summerhall, EdinburghDoors 7pm£16.50
MON 31 AUG 2020
Andy Shauf
Drygate, Glasgow19:30*postponed to be rescheduled*
WED 2 SEP 2020
Joan Shelley
Drygate, Glasgow7.30 pm£11.50
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Nordic Giants
CCA, Glasgow19:00Cancelled
Pottery
Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow7.30 pm£10.00
TUE 15 SEP 2020
Slum Village & Abstract Orchestra
Summerhall, Edinburgh19.30£20.00
FRI 18 SEP 2020
Allman Brown
Hug & Pint, GlasgowDoors 7.30pmcancelled
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Tom McGuire & The Brassholes
Drygate, GlasgowDoors 19:00£15.00
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Penguin Cafe
Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow7.30 p.m.£25.00
FRI 25 SEP 2020
Wish You Were Here
Hug & Pint, GlasgowDoors 19:30£11.00
Humanist
Nice N Sleazy, GlasgowDoors 7:30pm£8.00
SUN 27 SEP 2020
Shopping
Gilded Balloon Doors 7.30pm£10.00
MON 28 SEP 2020
Erland Cooper *Monday*
Summerhall, EdinburghDoors £19.00
TUE 29 SEP 2020
Erland Cooper *Tuesday*
Summerhall, EdinburghDoors £19.00
WED 30 SEP 2020
Joe and The Shitboys
Glad Cafe, Shawlands19:30£7.00
THU 1 OCT 2020
Anna Ash
Hug & Pint, GlasgowDoors 7.30pm£8.00
SAT 3 OCT 2020
Martin Harley
Hug & Pint, Glasgow19.30£18.00
Chris Helme (The Seahorses)
Mono, GlasgowDoors 19:30£14.00
TUE 13 OCT 2020
Lee Scratch Perry
Summerhall, Edinburgh19.30£25.00
THU 15 OCT 2020 - TUE 21 APR 2020
Old Sea Legs
Glad Cafe, Shawlands7.30 pm£10.00
THU 15 OCT 2020
Lee Scratch Perry
Classic Grand, GlasgowDoors 7:30pm£25.00
FRI 16 OCT 2020
Mad Dog McRea + Old Sea Legs
The Mash House, Edinburgh7.30pm £16.50
SUN 18 OCT 2020
Lunar C
Stereo, GlasgowDoors 7.30pm£12.00