These Fields are from England (via Iceland, sort of) and are perhaps the brightest example of what some (well, me, foolishly) the Nu-Gaze scene. What does that mean? It means bands that sound like early-90s shoegazers (Ride, Boo Radleys, Swervedriver) but with better clothes and haircuts.
Fields’ debut album, Everything Last Winter, was released last week and it’s a fine evidence of what they do: lovely folk melodies and harmonies propelled by jet engine force. Don’t let their pastoral look and acoustic guitars fool you — in concert, Fields can strip with paint off walls with their subtleties intact. After touring the last month with Blonde Redhead, the band are back in NYC for two headlining shows this weekend: Friday at Union Hall and Saturday at Mercury Lounge. Neither show is sold out.
Fields almost literally blew me away (did I mention they are loud?) when I saw them at the Mercury last year. I implore you to go… but do bring earplugs.
You can listen to Everything Last Winter in its entirety via Fields’ Myspace page.
Frank at Chromewaves reviews a recent Toronto show, and offers more music, etc.