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Field Manual


Alt-Americana 5 piece Field Manual release single ‘Home’ Dec 17th

Field Manual released their debut album ‘Someday streets’ in 2017 and in October 2020 followed it up with their second album ‘Souvenirs’.

The five piece are described as “Heartland Rock, raw Americana with infectious hooks and freewheeling melodies. Alt-Americana-inspired, road-trip from the UK”.

Pushing their Alt-Americana influences from the likes of The Band, Springsteen, Wilco to Tom Petty, they continue (once more!) to play shows across the country.

Currently in the process of recording their 3rd album and having recently featured on the Mark Radcliffe hosted Sky TV show ‘Live from The Edge’.

All albums are available on CD and download or stream on all services from Spotify to iTunes.

Field Manual have a sound that belies their Macclesfield roots- good-natured heartland rock, raw Americana with infectious hooks and freewheeling tumbling melodies as they reach into their back catalogue, namely 2017’s Someday Streets, to charm Night & Day with their easygoing but powerful song craft. Parallels with The E Street Band are easy to make thanks to the Clarence Clemons-esque saxophone that soars out and above the ringing chords and hopeful inspiring tone, a sound seemingly made for a car stereo during a road trip across the Great Plains (in fact, it’s pretty easy to imagine Field Manual playing at the Pawnee Harvest Festival), a snapshot of late-20th century small-town America- an idealised romanticised place dreamt up by a group of musicians holed up in north-west England, a snapshot so realistic you would have assumed that Field Manual had been flown in from Nebraska or Ohio, especially on the bright, jangling Tom Petty guitar in ‘Home’. ‘Closer’, with its sax-led riffing not dissimilar to Stay Positive-era Hold Steady shows a level of subtle restraint, never overpowering- the music is worth more than the sum of its parts, while ‘Fire’ extends out into sweeping, glorious 70mm- a triumphant panoramic soundscape of guitar, wind and keys all pulled together into a resolute Springsteenian rhythm.

Field Manual – Uptight (live)

Field Manual – Home (live)

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Band/Artist location – Macclesfield England
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