Thursday, April 26, 2012

FOTN in The Guardian

Carl McCoy was interviewed for a piece in the Guardian on why goths don't change their stripey tights once they "grow up." It's a wonderful article, where McCoy effuses about the WGT in Leipzig and the reporter even checks in with Paul Hodkinson, author of Goth: Identity Style and Subculture, one of the only academic studies of goth culture. Here's a quip from McCoy:
He doesn't mind Fields of the Nephilim being labelled a goth band. "I see that as a label the followers have given themselves. It's a brilliant following. We're quite lucky, they've stayed with us and grown. We do this festival in Leipzig in Germany and the whole town is taken over for a week – the whole town – by these people draped in black, wonderful, massive, dramatic clothes. It's fantastic."

Sunday, April 22, 2012

FOTN interview in The Quietus

I haven't been keeping up with all the FOTN press lately (sorry about that!), but I didn't want anyone to miss this great interview in The Quietus. In it, McCoy talks about spirituality, his influence on extreme music, and the desire to make new music. Here's a snippet:

CM: More than anything else what I'm interested in is releasing fresh material. That's where I'm at, at the moment.

What sort of direction do you see it taking?

CM: So long as it's different from the last album, and different from the one before that, then I'll be happy. I've been writing anyway, so I've got an idea of where it's going. At the moment it's quite raw, so it could be a very earthy, raw album. But I can't say at the moment, I'm still crafting it. It hasn't spoken to me yet, because there's not enough of it. But I'll get an idea when… after the next month, that's when I'll be getting back on with it.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

FOTN to play Leeds Oct. 30

Fields of the Nephilim will play an additional date in the UK this October, the band announced yesterday:

We have just added an extra show in the UK. This comes after a huge demand for tickets for the previously announced Halloween show in London. We will be making a return to Leeds, a stronghold for the genre of music, for our first performance in the city for many years.

We will play the O2 Academy (Formerly Town & Country) on October 30th.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 20, at this link.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Hear "Ceromonies" samples

"Ceromonies" is due out in a little more than a week (April 16 -- probably!), but you can now hear samples of each track on Amazon.co.uk.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

New music from Peter Yates + NFD

Former FOTN guitarist Peter Yates has released a new album, featuring Evi Vine and Stephen Hill, called Soundtrack for a Breakdown, which is available for download at Bandcamp. His previous albums, also featuring Evi Vine, are available as well.

NFD have been furiously working away in the studio in recent weeks, putting together a new album -- working title Waking the Dead. It will be the followup to 2008's Deeper Visions. Other than Bob Black, the lineup for now remains a mystery; the album is planned for release by Jungle Records in October, with a single earlier in the fall.

Bob recently posted:

With Carl out there doing the Neph thing so well and Eden house doin their awesome thang i feel free to take NFD to where its sound truely belongs, all 3 bands giving 100% and providing a different part of the spectrum, a wining situation for everyone methinks :)

To learn more and follow NFD's studio process, check them out on Facebook.

Obskure unveils extended interview

As mentioned, Carl McCoy is featured in an interview in this month's Obskure magazine. Now you can read an extended version of that interview online, with the bonus that if you read it through a browser like Chrome, it will automatically translate it from French into the language of your choice!

In it, McCoy talks about the "Ceromonies" delays, the fate of Richard Stanley's footage of the Astoria show, the "Sleepers" EP, why he feels better onstage now than he did when he was in his 20s, and much more. Enjoy.