Interview: Field Music’s Peter Brewis On The Bunker’s Leaky Roof
By Calum Robson on April 12, 2012 in Music
From The Clash to The Futureheads and beyond, The Bunker in Sunderland has harboured an impressive wealth of talent in the last 30 years. Dspite being the proverbial stepping stone into the limelight for the likes of Leatherface, The Golden Virgins and Frankie And The Heartstrings, the rehearsal and recording studios have a problem – a leaky roof.
One man who owes just as much to the building is Field Music’s Peter Brewis. If he had the time to get up the ladder and get hammering, we’re sure he would make the repairs himself But he’s doing something far more exciting with the four-piece. Field Music are set to play Independent on April 14th to raise money for a new roof.
“The Bunker is an important place to me,” Brewis says. “Maybe the reason I have such an affinity with the place is that I’ve done so much there. I’ve been involved in it nearly 20 years and I want to see it do the best it can. It’s not just about the people in popular bands who’ve come through those doors though. It’s improved the quality of a lot of people’s lives with the various other things it does.”
Over the years, starry-eyed youngsters have flocked to The Bunker with high hopes of their own and with a helpful push from The Bunker’s training, development and career guidance, have all had better chances of musically fulfilling themselves. In the grips of recession, making sure that the studios can continue to comfortably operate in future might depend on such fundraising. Brewis is quietly confident but also realistic about the financial task ahead.
“We won’t raise enough money on the night to finish the whole roof but we’ll figure out other ways,” Brewis affirms. “There’s lots of bands in Sunderland that could raise that money as well – I’ll have a word with the other lads and see what they say, and maybe try to rope them into raising some money.”
On the night, the gig could well raise into the thousands and even if it’s a long-shot, the Sunderland native will do all he can to help. For this one night, patching up the roof comes first.
“Look, even if you don’t like Field Music you’ve got to like The Bunker, ha’way man! You can stand in the other room if you want, but put a tenner into Sunderland music. Field Music, Futureheads and Frankie And The Heartstrings are only a small part of it. It’s a part that we all see because we’re interested in music but the bigger picture is that it does a lot of work for everybody and it’s really hard to fund. I’d hope people would put their hands in their pockets, even if they sit through a set with cheese in their ears!”
Field Music play Independent on April 14th with all proceeds going to The Bunker.
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