Having recently announced details of their sixth album Open Here, Brewis brothers Peter and David (aka Field Music) are now sharing the first single! Written on David's young son's toy keyboard in the wake of the Brexit vote, 'Count It Up' recalls '80s titans Talking Heads, Prince and Madonna.
"I've been down and angry about the state of everything lately," David explains. "Our town (Sunderland) has become infamous in that it was the first place that voted for Brexit, and that threw into really stark relief loads of fears I have about where we live. It's been a downtrodden place for quite a long time and people look for someone to blame. I went through a period not long after the global financial crisis when I read a lot about economics. There's a section in a book by Joseph Stiglitz called Making Globalisation Work about how those on the right hand side of the political spectrum tend to ascribe their fortunes entirely in the frame of their own talents. If somebody is poor it's because they're stupid, and if I'm rich it’s not because my parents gave me a great start in life, or money, or a great education, it's because I'm talented and brilliant. I think all of that fed into this howl of rage set to what's basically my version of 'Material Girl.'"
Field Music will be touring the new album as a seven piece in the new year, across the UK and Europe, with special dates in London and Newcastle featuring the Open Here Orchestra. Listen to 'Count It Up' below now:
Open Here is out 2nd February on Memphis Industries, pre-order it here.