Milwaukee indie folk-pop collective Field Report is the brainchild of Chris Porterfield, who figured his musical career had come to a close after DeYarnmod Edison (his former band with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver) parted ways.
Six years later, turns out he’d been working all along on tunes that would become Field Report’s elegant and compelling debut.
The band will play the Rumba Cafe Wednesday, Nov. 14. Visit www.columbusrumbacafe.com.
Chris Porterfield was kind enough to answer some questions posed by The Beat.
The Beat: When you took to the studio, were you nervous, impatient, excited?
Chris Porterfield: We were excited and nervous. It had been a long time coming, and we were well-prepared, but we knew we had a finite window of time. We did all of the tracking in six days.
We didn’t really know what we were making yet.
We tracked 15 songs, and were feeling a little under the gun. The record is definitely a snapshot of a band in a place at a time. I’m glad we made it that way.
TB: How is it going having “quit your day job”?
CP: It's been a thrill to get to play with people who have built careers with integrity. We've learned a lot from the people whose stages we've been able to share. We're excited to be headlining our own tour this time.
We can't wait to stretch out a bit more, and share some of our strengths as a band that we haven't had time to share much yet.
The day job thing is hard. I don't miss it, but I miss the stability. We're still a very young band at the very beginning stages. Hopefully this thing turns into a career.
TB: How has it been sharing these songs with new audiences? Is there a song that you think you’re playing especially well right now, or one that is drawing a significant reaction from audiences?
CP: Playing live is my favorite part. We're a really good band right now. We listen to and trust each other really well, and we've been toying with arrangements for a lot of the songs. The exploration and deconstruction and poking and prodding the songs is a huge part of who we are.