A dynamic local band that is worth seeing live is Field Division. They were on hand at Vaudeville Mews earlier this week as an opening act for Futurebirds. They’re a folkwave group that plays regularly here in the Midwest. Through the efforts of Evelyn Taylor and Nicholas Frampton, you get to hear a sound that is dreamy and surreal out of a mostly acoustic set. Most of their songs are about the world around us and their lyrics describe places and landscapes and connect with people’s relations to them and as well as their existentialism.
Evelyn’s vocals are marvelous and fit this style of music perfectly. Nick’s backing vocals blend in extremely well and these two have come up with the formula for providing a ambient, earthly live show. They have since added a 2nd guitar player which only makes them better. The song below serves as a prime example
The first act was Conrad Bascom and the Eternal Returners. They provided some vibrancy to the show with a good mix of songs. I enjoyed them the most out of the other acts due to their energy and sound. There was some of the most animated “woo-hooing” I’ve ever seen in a live performance as their closing song had at least 30 seconds worth of it to close out their set. It.Rocked.
Next was Canyons; way too down-tempo and slow for a concert style performance. I think their style would be better suited to playing in low-key bars and restaurants.
The headliner was Futurebirds. A band out of Savannah, GA. Again, a nice assortment of songs and most of them had a southern sounding quality to them. The crowd really seemed to get into this group and it’s probably because of the highly talented musical craftsmanship and their sound that is non-intimidating and the abundance of hooks it provides.
By the time Field Division came on, it was fairly late and the crowd had somewhat dispersed. Those that stayed were definitely rewarded with a superb set that didn’t disappoint. They played a couple of tracks of off their most recent release, Reverie State, which can be listened to here. They sounded just as good live and what’s most impressive to me is the quality of vocals they have for a live set. There was literally no discernible difference between how they sound live compared to in the studio. Few bands and producers can do that.
They also played some of their newer material which I really liked. It fits right in line with what they’ve been doing but also had a more upbeat tone to it. They’re sticking with what makes them unique but also experimenting as well. There’s no shortage of potential with this group and I’m definitely looking forward to their next show. They play at Wooly‘s this Saturday, 6/20 at 9pm. They’ll also be playing at the Des Moines Social Club on July 3rd opening for Windowspeak. I highly recommend saving either of these dates (both Fri/Sat) to check out some great music.