Field Report Exuded Great Music And Much Joy From The Stage At SXSW THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: FIELD REPORT @ THE MOHAWK [INDOORS] | SXSW 3/12/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance”. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Field Report: A few months ago I was at a concert venue in NYC that had a plethora of upcoming shows posters’ hanging around and I spotted one with the name Field Report. It caught my eye simply because I thought that was a pretty cool name for a band so I gave them a listen shortly there after. Their alternative/indie style really hooked me from the start, so when I saw that they were going to be playing multiple showcases at SXSW, I put them on my list of artists I needed to catch.
What I Thought Of Field Reports’s Performance: Field Report, led by front-man Christopher Porterfield delved into their performance by mainly showcasing tunes from their new album, Summertime Songs, which came out on 3/23, a week after SXSW. The music from that album is a slight shift to folk rock melodies with electric sounds, from their indie/alternative folk roots.
It was very welcoming in the packed small room of the Mohawk Indoor venue. Porterfield and his band brought some life to the place with occasional solos and mid stage jamming between him and his bassist. The music was upbeat, and the singing was perfect for the genre that Field Report represents.
A quick observation I made of the performance, and I don’t know how I noticed this, but I fixated on the drummer at some point and it seemed looking like he was having just a wail of a time playing in front of the compact and intimate crowd. He was grinning ear to ear (despite me not capturing this moment on camera) as he was masterfully keeping the rhythm and beat going. It was really nice to see artists looking like the genuinely are having a good time playing shows. It makes the audience, or at least myself, get into the music more because I know that the artist is giving me all they got. I’m very glad I happened to stumble upon Field Report’s poster some months ago, or I would’ve never gotten to know how good their music is live.