Field Day recently announced a 2.0. tour. The band will play Punk Rock Bowling on September 25th and continue doing shows up to December 15th. Then, after the holidays, the group will head back out to do more shows. 2020 was a massive year for Field Day, getting on the CoreTex Top20 of 2020 twice. Both Field Day 2.0 and Opposite Land made it to the #1 position and stayed for over 12 weeks, outselling many Epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords bands. Emerging from the shadows of being “just” an ex-Dag Nasty band, Field Day are developing into a powerhouse in their own right.
Just a few months ago we were treated to the news that two of the core members of Dag Nasty were not just playing together again as Field Day, but were also writing new songs. Then their debut 7” dropped and exceeded all expectations. Despite the band having to postpone shows in support of the release, the initial pressing of “2.0” sold out very quickly. It remained in the charts of German distributors Core Tex for over 10 weeks, and the message spread via US distributors Revelation.
The strength of that single is that it reignited a spark and captured the spirit of the original Dag Nasty sound. The initial calling card fulfilled its promise – and the real hard work began! The pressure was on the line-up comprised of Peter Cortner on vocals, Doug Carrion on bass, Shay Mehrdad on guitars and Kevin Avery on drums to continue to deliver the goods.
Now that delivery arrives from “Opposite Land.” Within seconds of the needle hitting the groove, any doubts or fears are laid to rest as the band launch into “One Song.” You have all the hallmarks of the sounds these guys pioneered, done with a vibrancy that is relevant today. Galloping drums and a driving bassline provide the backdrop to layered guitars that offer melody and texture. Then you have Peter Cortner’s vocals, both the filling that holds it together, and the icing on the cake that really finishes it off.
There are and have been a million and one bands playing the melodic hardcore sound, but when it comes to the roots, you have to look back to names such as Dag Nasty, 7 Seconds or Bad Religion. Well, these guys were actually there, and so their influences couldn’t possibly be more genuine. In line-ups of the older generation, musicians were hopping from one band to another, and so influences came together and helped define those trailblazing sounds. The closing track on here, “Tell Me Now”, features a tribute to old peers 7 Seconds with the woah-oh intro and uplifting guitar melodies. Given that Kevin Seconds once almost became a member of Dag Nasty, perhaps this is a sly wink or a playful nod to what could have been some thirty years or so back . . .
“Stolen Words” takes me right back to Wig Out days, where melody and melancholy are intertwined, but always with that uplifting moment, beautifully summed up when Peter invites listeners to “grab my hand, we’ll reach out for tomorrow”. “Waiting for a Miracle” and “Speak the Truth” are equally powerful songs, with guitars providing drive and power, but often dropping out for dramatic effect.
Music should be moving and passionate, and this second chapter of the Field Day story has that emotion and drive by the bucketload.