Field Music have claimed that the music industry will be “royally pissed off” if they win this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize.
The duo, who are comprised of Sunderland siblings Peter and David Brewis, have been nominated for this year’s gong with their fourth studio album ‘Plumb’, but the pair downplayed their chances of scooping the prize and said it would “probably be unfair” if they were victorious.
When asked what winning the prize would mean to them, Peter Brewis told Gigwise: “Flying pigs, probably! I think it would be ridiculous if we won, it would probably be unfair. Apart from Sam Lee and Roller Trio we have sold less copies of our album than anyone on the list.”
The music industry would be right royally pissed off if somebody who has sold half as many copies as some of the others ended up winning.
Shortly after releasing ‘Plumb’ in February of this year, Peter Brewis claimed that he only earned five thousand pounds a year from his work in Field Music. Speaking about the reaction he received from old friends who assumed he must lead a lavish rock’n’roll lifestyle, he said: “[People said] ‘Eee! You’re in a band! You must be a millionaire!’ I told them: ‘Yeah, look, I sometimes earn five grand a year.”
The shortlist of the 12 ‘Albums Of The Year’ for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize was announced earlier this month (September 1), while the final award for the £20,000 prize will be announced on November 1.
The full list of nominated albums is as follows:
Alt-J – ‘An Awesome Wave’
Richard Hawley – ‘Standing On The Sky’s Edge’
Plan B – ‘Ill Manors’
Sam Lee – ‘Ground Of Its Own’
Lianne La Havas – ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’
Django Django – ‘Django Django’
The Maccabees – ‘Given To The Wild’
Ben Howard – ‘Every Kingdom’
Jessie Ware – ‘Devotion’
Roller Trio – ‘Roller Trio’
Field Music – ‘Plumb’
Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Home Again’