Field Music are back on tour and celebrating the release of their latest album Open Here with a run of dates including a Manchester gig at Gorilla. They return following previous Manchester gigs including Band on the Wall.
Open Here, the sixth album from brothers Peter and David Brewis, lands two years since the duo released Commontime. The album has been largely inspired by the period following their previous release, questioning institutions and experiencing an erosion of faith in a world which at times seems to make little sense. And that theme runs through the album.
Recorded in the brothers’ studio on the banks of the river Wear, Open Here, became an alternative way to connect to people from the sanctuary of their hideaway, clean from everything political and personal. A wide array of musicians joined Field Music in their cocoon of creativity to help creative Open Here with the likes of Sarah Hayes on flute and piccolo, Liz Corney on vocals, Pete Fraser on saxophone, Simon Dennis on trumpet and flugelhorn, a Cornshed Sisters choir and the regular string quartet of Ed Cross, Jo Montgomery, Chrissie Slater and Ele Leckie all taking part.
Speaking about the evolution of Open Here, David Brewis commented, “where Commontime felt like a distillation of all of the elements that make up Field Music, this feels like an expansion; as if we’re pushing in every direction at once to see how far we can go”.
Where and when do Field Music perform in Manchester?
Field Music headline at Gorilla, Manchester, on 16 March 2018. The Manchester gig is one of eleven dates Field Music are performing:
8 March – Brighton, Komedia
9 March – Bristol, The Lantern
10 March – Southampton, Engine Rooms
11 March – Exeter, Phoenix
15 March – Birmingham, O2 Institute 2
16 March – Manchester, Gorilla
17 March – Glasgow, Saint Luke’s
22 March – Liverpool, Arts Club
23 March – Sheffield, Foundry
24 March – Norwich, The Waterfront
31 March – Stockton-on-Tees, The Georgian Theatre