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Field Music unveil new song they say is a "howl of rage" backed by their version of "Material Girl"

28 November 2017, 10:52 | Written by Laurence Day

Field Music have shared "Count It Up", the lead single from their upcoming sixth album Open Here.

This new number is the first (proper) taste of the band's follow up to 2016 LP Commontime. It was written on a toy keyboard owned by member David Brewis' young son.

"I've been down and angry about the state of everything lately," explains Brewis. "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," he continues. "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 are set to tour the UK from February next year, with three shows at Newcastle's Northern Stage kicking off proceedings. The tour takes them across the UK, with a show at London's Barbican with the Open Here Orchestra rounding off the tour in May. Find out all the details.

Open Here is out 2 February 2018 via Memphis Industries.
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