FORCE FIELDS: Golden Walls Hotel
By Ben Martin
Force Fields have had trouble holding onto their members; already two have left for the temptations of overseas since the band’s inception a couple of years back. Despite this, the current line up seems more than capable of creating a solid, engaging rock sound. Recorded partly in Wellington and partly in Jerusalem (where singer Paul Wedel put down vocals on a rooftop in the Old City), the nine tracks of ‘Golden Walls Hotel’ are built around clever, melodic interplay between lead and bass that often breaks into a punchy overdriven chorus, or builds into a nicely layered outro. While the songs never stray too far from this blueprint, there is ample detail and variety to ensure the sound remains interesting throughout. It is easy to see why Force Fields are already making a dent in the Wellington live scene, and so long as no further members decide to quit the country, we should expect good things.