INTERVIEW

“ Most music aficionados have made a mixtape at some point in their life, be it for that unrequited love, a younger sibling or a mate who is pushing you to the end of your tether, constantly listening to naff Kraut rock. Fields singer Nick Peill has taken this one step further by giving out […]

Most music aficionados have made a mixtape at some point in their life, be it for that unrequited love, a younger sibling or a mate who is pushing you to the end of your tether, constantly listening to naff Kraut rock. Fields singer Nick Peill has taken this one step further by giving out a DIY compilation of his favourite shoegaze and lo-fi Americana to fans after gigs and club nights. He has even organised a summer of shoegazing residency at The Legion’s Sonic Cathedral with some of his mates on the decks; although his mates do just happen to be Secret Machines, Engineers and My Latest Novel. Nick laughs, “The idea with the mixtape is we all wanted to pick a few tracks each that meant something to each member of the band and introduce some people who come to our gigs to music they maybe haven’t heard before. It’s not on a tape though, it’s a CD, although it would have been nice to have kept it properly old school.”

Although the band are happy to cite their influences and contemporary music tastes they are also quick to point out that they do not want to be tagged along with any particular scene and don’t dare utter the word ‘twee’ in front of them. Despite their new EP being called ‘4 From The Village’, lazy comparisons with folk bands and the Wicker Man is something they are keen to be distanced from.

Nick: “NME pointed out the more pretty, folksy elements but we also want people to focus on the darker elements of our music. It’s fantastic to get good reviews and it’s always intriguing what other people hear in the songs. There is no intention to our sound, but we don’t really want to be tied to just the folky elements.”

Currently in Dublin touching up some new songs for the working title album ‘Everything Last Winter’, the band have undoubtedly taken on a heavier sound, which can be heard on the tracks ‘Brittle Sticks’ and ‘Heretic’ as they nod more to the likes of Seafood or Postal Service thanks to the pixie backing vocals of Thorunn.

Nick elaborates, “Mike Reinhorn (currently working with the band) is this big US rock producer of Soundgarden and Marilyn Manson. He has helped produce these crazy big rock albums. It’s a bit mind blowing really as he was due to produce the new Smashing Pumpkins album but he postponed that to do this.”

So who influences Fields? “I think we have touches of My Bloody Valentine and Simon and Garfunkel with hints of Boards of Canada,” says Nick. “The heavy bits are going to be considerably heavier but the more delicate and textured moments will have the fragility that some of the old recordings had. We’re excited at the prospect of beefing up some tracks.”

Fields currently offer a summer of shoegazing reveries to enjoy, brood over and dance to. And hopefully by the end of the year they’ll give us winter anthems to keep out the cold.

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