Friday night’s Field Music gig in Crawdaddy was pleasantly surprising. The place was pretty full, which I didn’t expect and also the set was far livelier than I had anticipated. It all made for a great gig, with a decent bit of head-bobbing and subtle dancing around the crowd and plenty of banter between band and fans. The guys from Sunderland, which is apparently in a “formerly significant imperial power just across the Irish Sea”, seemed to be really enjoying themselves on this, the eighth date of their tour. Songs from both their new double-album Field Music (Measure) and their excellent 2007 release Tones of Town, were played with added vigour that really emphasised the rhythmic riffs and perfect timing. Some of the older songs are stunning live and make you realise what infectious melodies they’ve always possessed. They’re the kind of band that most people would probably find it hard to be passionate about but try telling that the sizeable collection of endless grins in Crawdaddy the other night. More photos in the alternate universe which you can access by clicking to read more, with a full set on Flickr and also accompanying the review on State.