FIELDS OF FIRE
by Nick Robinson
Somewhere between Serge Leone's wild western ghost town and Tobe Hooper's creepy village where hideous murders take place must lie the Fields Of The Nephilim. From those barren wastelands ride five men of the apocalypse. Theirs is a twilight world where celluloid fiction and reality collide.
They provide the soundtrack, but that's no big deal for Nephilim frontman Carl McCoy. "I'm much more into films than music. Everything has gone stale in this country and there are no bands I want to go and see. I'd rather watch a good film instead."
The group's last video, for the single 'Preacher Man', paid homage to the good, the bad and the ugly from the horror/spaghetti western films that grace Carl's television screen.
McCoy played the deranged preacher who backed up his prophecies of doom with a hail of shotgun shrapnel on a defenceless bunch of post-nuclear explosion mutants.
Naturally, he got his come-uppance. But accompanying the rather predictable scenes was an awesome sound as subtle as McCoy's double-barrel. Twin guitars charged on a rumbling bass/drum rhythm while Carl's deep vocals waded through the barrage of noise.
'Preacher Man' and the latest album 'Dawnrazor' take a firmer grip on the aggressive sound the band produces and follow the pattern set by the first single 'Power'. The wild guitar mesh they create could well put the band in the same category as the Mission and the Cult, who are presently hammering in the charts. Carl is not too keen on the idea.
"I don't think we are that sort of band. A lot of them are pretty friendly with each other but I think we are totally separate from all that. I quite like things the way they are at the moment. We are not in a rush to be known faces."
This individual and relaxed attitude is reflected in the band's down-to-earth (!) image. Each Nephilite wears a long coat and stetson covered in dust. Carl prefers to call it practical clothing.
"We've always been a pretty scruffy group. We're not into plastic cowboy shirts and all hat." But he admits their gear does have that unique 'added dust' factor.
"Yeah, sometimes we throw dust on each other backstage but that's just part of being natural in what we wear."
Of course, once the single and album have earned the boys a nice fistful of dollars each they will be able to afford some new clothes...
"No, it just means we will be able to get more dust."