A couple months ago, I received an email from a publicist about the Brooklyn band Field Guides. I wasn’t familiar with them, and I have no idea why I was compelled to give them a listen. I did, though, and I liked what I heard: ethereal indie pop that was beautiful without being self-serious and catchy without being too cute. I made a note to cover them in some way, and then I completely forgot to.
But then just a few week ago, their publicist was in touch again, asking if I’d be interested in covering the release show for their new album, Boo Forever. This, of course, would have required me to leave my office/apartment, though. So instead, I invited them to the office to play some songs and have a few drinks. Here’s the crazy part, though: it was only at this point, after extending the invitation, that I dug deep enough to realize that the band’s primary songwriter, Ben Kupstas, has occasionally contributed to our sister publication, The L, and that their guitarist, Phillip Pantuso… well, he’s one of our editorial fellows and he sits about 12 feet away from me every day. Oops. This probably sounds deeply untrue, but it isn’t.
Anyway, they’re really good, and we were happy to host them for a few hours. Enjoy the videos.