The rock band we need right now
Photo credit: Johnny Anguish
“Loud,” “energetic,” and “really loud,” are some of the words used to describe The Field Effect, an infectiously ferocious group consisting of Doug Orey (vocals/guitar), Nick Greico (guitar), Annie Hoffman (bass), and Adam Hand (drums) that’s saturated the Boston music scene with their satisfying hooks and their feverish, heavy-hitting sound. With their first-ever performance at Redstar Union just around the corner,
the band could barely contain their excitement when I sat with them to talk about their success, their show, and what it was like to hear their songs on the radio for the first time ever.
“Anngelle Wood played ‘Til I Say When’ on Boston Emissions,” said Orey, “and I remember all of us like freaking out about that.”
“We jumped up and down and ran around,” said Hoffman, “Good ol’ fashioned celebrating!”
With rave reviews for their debut, Cartography, and a hefty lineup of upcoming shows, there is a lot that this band has to celebrate. Though, while The Field Effect knows how to turn up the intensity and pour every drop of emotion into their sound, they’re possibly the chillest people to ever walk the earth. And I’ve met Canadians.
“I’m kind of reserved,” said Hand, “but as Tad McKitterick of the band Sidewalk Driver put it, ‘When I’m playing drums, I’m the angriest person in the world.’ Offstage, I’m back to being, like, the quiet person probably drinking too much beer.”
“I’m like a superhuman version of myself,” said Hoffman. “Super confident and super energetic and just like ‘Ahhhh!’”
“I’d also say that onstage we’re a lot sweatier than we are in the day-to-day world,” Orey added, but noted that thrill comes more from the fans than anything.
“At the Middle East, there were people singing along to songs that I didn’t know people knew the words to.”
“I’m definitely looking forward to [performing at Redstar],” said Hoffman, “because most of us are from out of town so there are a lot of folks at home, like family and friends … that are always hoping to see us some time. And Redstar broadcasts all the shows high definition, so I’m really excited.”
The Field Effect’s performance on Thursday is just the next great show in a very busy year, with the band booked every month until November, including a gig at Brighton Music Hall with Tim Casher. So how do they find the time to rehearse and record?
“Nighttime, holidays, religious holidays,” said Hand.
“Leap Day!” shouted Hoffman.
“I also have a TARDIS, so that helps,” Orey said.
Time-traveling aside, it takes only one listen to Cartography and only one second of their live performance to realize that this band works damn hard.
They all have day jobs, but make no mistake: The Field Effect is in the business of rock.
THE FIELD EFFECT
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