Milwaukee’s Christopher Porterfield retires Conrad Plymouth, prepares Field Report for SXSW
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Last month, a cryptic Facebook message from Milwaukee musician Christopher Porterfield announced the unceremonious end of his long-running group, Conrad Plymouth. The Conrad Plymouth name would be retired, the message explained, but a new band, Field Report, would take its place. That Facebook message has since been deleted, but Field Report remains. The group is now set to make its world debut next week at SXSW, and its still-unreleased album has already drummed up a considerable amount of hype.
The album is the result of six years of work, and was recorded in December 2011 at Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios. After sending out a few unfinished tracks to select individuals, Porterfield attracted the attention of producer Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, Warren Zevon, Pixies, Uncle Tupelo) as well as Dave Godowsky of Figure Eight Management, a company with ties to Partisan Records (Heartless Bastards, Deer Tick, Mountain Man, Gene Ween). Kolderie mixed the record, and Godowsky is now managing the group. Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz is another early fan, and has been showering Field Report with praise on Twitter.
Live, Field Report consists of Porterfield, Nick Berg, Travis Whitty, Damian Strigens, and Jeff Mitchell. After making its SXSW debut, the group will serve as the main support on Megafaun’s national tour, which includes a March 22 stop at the Cactus Club. Until then, you can listen to two terrific (and unmastered) Field Report songs here. Here we go, Milwaukee.