Fields Of Nephilim celebrated 30 years of goth darkness with two sold-out shows at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire at the end of December 2014. Not at all what I expected. In fact they delivered one of the shows of that year.
Carl McCoy has developed a Hollywood interpretation of his band, with characters appearing out of the murky mist as post apocalyptic drifters, where the image and brand of FOTN is just as important as the music.
Carl McCoy, embraced the look totally with shades, hat, long-dust-drawn coat and warrior boots and looked like he had arrived from the set of The Book Of Eli or Mad Max. Most of the crowd are dressed in black with one Hawaiian shirt spotted. Do they now realise that dirt brown is the new dress code?
The FOTN concept has been re-developed by McCoy over the last few years to become an evolving entity where he is the mainstay and the other musicians revolve around him depending on live or recording situations. The sound they create here is immense and clings to the walls of The Empire. You get so engulfed by this you cannot help get carried by the vibe.
One of the great things about the residency at Shepherds Bush is that the set list was able to hold so many different songs on two nights. Tonight we got the symphonic opener Shroud and Straight To Light before heading into Preacher Man. Other stand out pieces from the evening were For Her Light, Dawnrazor and the great encores of Psychonaut and Mourning Sun.
Photos and Review by Simon Jay Price. December 2014.