On Thursday I went to see Fields of the Nephilim. I hadn’t known what to expect, and, to be honest, I’d intended to just turn up for fun and then probably go home after a couple of songs. However, I ended up staying for the entire gig.
It’s not really the sort of music where I’d put on one of their albums at home, but in a live context I loved the heavy, gothic soundscapes, which perfectly matched their outfits, their hats, their general stage presence, and the crazy amounts of dry ice and strobe lighting. There was so much dry ice on stage that I wasn’t able to see the drummer at all for the entire gig. For all I know it might have been a robot playing the drums.
There was, of course, plenty of humour to be derived from all this drama, which was compounded by the fact that the band seem to take it all very seriously. One particular source of hilarity was their lazy utilisation of the screens. There were three huge screens which could have been used for all sorts of things, but they were completely blank for the first 15 minutes or so, and then, almost as an afterthought, a sort of Egyptian image appeared on them. That stayed there for about 20 minutes then got replaced with a Fields of the Nephilim logo. After a while, it went back to the first picture again. And that was pretty much it.