NEW FACES TO WATCH
By Tom De Savia
Los Angeles - "Spaghetti Metal" is one of the many terms that has been used to describe the indescribable sound of Beggars Banquet/RCA recording artists Fields Of The Nephilim - "post-apocalyptic pageantry" is another... Many chose to dismiss their powerful sound simply as heavy metal. Close, but no cigar. "I couldn't label it... we are not a heavy metal band at all," stated Fields Of The Nephilim lead vocalist Carl McCoy during a recent interview with Cash Box, "We feel we have the power of that sort of band but I couldn't categorize us as simply that." Recently, Fields Of The Nephilim's debut album, Dawnrazor, was released here in the US - after achieving tremendous success in the bands native England (note: Dawnrazor is still in Britain's independent Top 20 chart after a staggering eight months). Since it's release the album has been turning more than a few heads - the band's original and captivating sound is making quite an impact with American audiences everywhere. Currently Fields Of The Nephilim are undertaking their first ever U.S. tour.
Since its release, the album has garnered the band tremendous critical acclaim both in the U.S. and overseas, yet the mainstream American audience and record buying public have yet to discover this priceless import. "We're quite unheard of over here (in America)... We're going to have to be a bit patient about things - we don't expect to be known, we'll have to build a reputation over here like we have done everywhere else I suppose," stated McCoy, "If people get the chance to see us, we'll open their eyes. I feel that you have to build a reputation wherever you go."
McCoy recalled the early days of the band, "We started playing in London and then we put out an EP on our own label, we got a lot of gigs from that." Quite a few indeed: their constant touring schedule has earned Fields of The Nephilim the title of 'hardest working rock and roll band' overseas. McCoy affirmed, "We have been constantly on the road for four years and we can probably boast that we have one of the biggest genuine followings in England, which is a good achievement." He continued, "A lot of bands from Britain have got bad attitudes, they think there bigger than what they are - we haven't got that sort of attitude so I think that helps us."
Although worldwide success is an aspiration for the band, McCoy insisted that he is quite happy with the way things have turned out thus far. "We have achieved quite a lot of our goals already. When we set out we felt it was going to take a little bit longer than what it has to do what we wanted to do - I think we would just like to see ourselves covering the type of music that we want to cover and not to have to conform to making songs for the charts. If it's all down to us and we still have total say in everything we'll be quite happy."