One of my favorite things in the world is when I hear a band on some type of recorded medium and then watch them pull it off live. The Field Recordings not only "pulled it off" when I saw them live but they pretty much melted my face right off.
First I have an apology to offer. When I put together a list of the best albums by CT bands in 2011 for CT.com I really should have included this album. I knew as I was putting the album list together I would forget someone who deserved to be on the list and sure enough I did. (Sorry guys.) The Field Recordings play an awesome blend of post-punk, indie rock, punk and pop. I hear influences as wide ranging as Elvis Costello to The Smiths to Talking Heads to The Buzzcocks to Fugazi. They graciously pull from both sides of the Atlantic where that's concerned. But unlike some bands trying to pull off the jangly indie sound theirs is a sound so full and so large it's hard to believe that they pull it off with just three dudes on guitar, bass and drums.
It was even harder to believe that the live show could be even more full of energy and talent than the album. That's not to say the album has any drawbacks because it doesn't. But I wasn't prepared for how well this album was going to translate into the live venue. I'm extremely stoked that we were filming for our Live & Local series because I can't wait to unleash it on the world. Until then you are just going to have to purchase this record. Trust me when I say you won't be disappointed.