BY SAMMY TUBER
Here is an old interview with Fields Of The Nephilim, from last October. Although old it is still quite interesting. A more up to date interview should be revealed in our next issue so watch out for it.
The Nephilim are a band which I think are going to achieve a lot of success this year. Having played support slots with bands such as Chelsea, Flag Of Convenience, Christian Death and then more appropriate bands like Balaam And The Angel and a full British tour with Gene loves Jezebel in June 1986. Since then they have started to headline places such as the Marquee, Croydon Underground and out of London they have played most towns, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, etc. Their second release, a 12" single entitled "Power" reached number 27 in the indie charts and things are starting to look good for them.
Well here I am at the Town and Country Club where the five mighty men of Stevenage are supporting New Model Army, (18/10/86). I walk nervously towards the dressing room dreading what could happen during my first ever interview so please forgive the odd daft question.
S.T.: This must seem a really ignorant question but Fields Of The Nephilim is quite a strange and interesting sounding name, what exactly does it mean?Pete: Well, Fields is as in magnetic fields, a concentrated are of energy (very true of their gigs) and Nephilim is out of the Old Testament. The Nephilim were a race of giants who were cast upon the earth to cause havoc and destruction and other nasty things.
S.T.: So how long have you been going?
Carl: Well Paul, Nod and Tony were originally in a band called The Mission, a local Stevenage band, when they split I met them and we decided to try and work something out along with Gary Wisker, our old saxophonist. So as Fields Of The Nephilim it must be about two and a half years now.
S.T.: Yes, why did Gary leave?
Carl: Gary left at the end of 85, he got fat and took up to much room on stage, no, he got promoted in his job so he got more money but less time for the band. He couldn't travel for gigs or practice very often so left. Pete joined for a second guitarist but Gary was still used for the B. side of Power, The Tower.
S.T.: What was the best thing you achieved from the Jezebel tour in June?
Pete: A larger following, that was great. It was a good chance for us to get our name known, not just in London.
Carl: They did shit on us a few times and generally messed us about.
Pete: We did nick a load of their sandwiches though.
S.T.: What as a band do you classify as success and how do you mean to go about achieving it?
Carl: Well at the moment we would like to get a bit bigger, more known and accepted. Also to start headlining bigger venues such as the Electric Ballroom. We are recording again soon, so hopefully the next single will do slightly better than the last one but I mean we are in no mad rush to get our face about everywhere. Things are going nice and steady for us and hopefully it will carry on like that.
S.T.: So when is the next single out and is there any signs of an album for this year?Carl: The next single should be out in January but we haven't yet decided exactly what to put on it. It will be a double A. side, hopefully an album should be out for next spring.
S.T.: Would you like major chart success?
Carl: Yes, that would be nice but I mean we are not going to go out of our way to write anything to fit in with the charts, but if we write something and we like it and it gets in then yes, excellent.
S.T.: Who or what are the bands main influences?
Pete: Well we are all into all sorts of different things so we don't really draw on one thing or on any one band.
Carl: Lee Vancliffe, Ennio Morricone, I reckon.
S.T.: Do you get much chance to go and see other bands?
Pete: Yes but for me I prefer to be up there on stage playing than watching. I think the best band I've seen are Love And Rockets, if you get a chance to listen to them then do.
S.T.: Why was the alleged tour of Italy in summer cancelled?
Carl: We changed our agent and we decided that instead of going over and doing a support slot tour we would wait and do a headlining tour when the chance arrives.
Pete: Both singles, Burning The Fields and Power went to number one in the Italian indie charts so it should be good playing over there.
S.T.: Do you get classed as a London band and does it bother you?
Carl: Well Stevenage is only thirty miles up the road so yes, I guess we are a London band.
S.T.: What about interviews and reviews that over stress and slag off your image, I mean the national music press have given you a rough time recently. Melody Maker are the only ones to give you a good review. Does this bother you at all?
Pete: It does me, yes.
Carl: No, it doesn't really bother us, they don't know anything anyway. No, we don't take any notice. Our clothes are practical and hard wearing, we didn't really pick an image, it just happened over a long time.
S.T.: Well finally, a question from your following, the Bonanza's, do you appreciate the people who follow you?
Carl: Yes, great. We appreciate them more than most things. We don't like the name coz we don't like Bonanza but yes, excellent.
Pete: That's the nice thing, when people don't just go to the London gigs but travel all over the country to see us. That's who we are playing for.
S.T.: Fields Of The Nephilim are a band who deserve more than cheap and corny cowboy jokes and comparisons with a certain band from Leeds who wore silly mirror sunglasses. Their live perfomances are full of energy and excitement, not to be missed if you get the chance to see them. Well you've read the interview so now go and buy all their records and watch out for up and coming dates. A band not to ignore...
This article reproduced with generous permission from Elizium for the Sleepless Souls.