In his interview with Allston Pudding, Porterfield stressed the importance of finding the right people to start a band, and it’s safe to say he achieved that when Field Report came together. Each member brought something valuable to the set, but still managed to blend together cohesively. Although they’ve only played as a band for a brief amount of time, Field Report had the stage presence of old friends as they tuned in with one another, perfectly in sync.
The bulk of their set felt like an uplifting ode; their lyrics spanned a breadth of naturalistic elements that carried the audience somewhere much different than the gritty intersection of Commonwealth and Harvard. They managed to create a layered, multifaceted experience: slide and acoustic guitar, haunting melodies, and a folk twang came together to render Field Report’s artistry one unlike any other. While overall, their sound is mellow, smooth listening, they strategically ranged from slower tunes to edgier jams enough to keep interest piqued.
All too soon, their last song abruptly ended. But the audience craved more of this band that they were just getting to know, and Porterfield granted them with an encore. That night at Great Scott was an inspiring evening for Field Report and observers alike, and hopefully not the last time they’ll visit. Field Report’s debut album drops September 11—save the date.
Photo Credit: Grace Donnelly