Don’t let the fiddle fool you–this band gets loud. Even though Lexington Field drew the shortest straw as openers of the three-act show at The Belly Up on February 7th, the five-piece American fiddle rock band’s bold enthusiasm came across like they were headlining. Full of confidence and brash delivery, they tore through their set stomping out good-time, glass-in-the-air tunes. Cranking out songs like “Sir Captain Jones” and “Selfish Bastard” early on, Lexington Field dealt out sea shanties with attitude, rowdy Celtic punk rock, and enough country, bluegrass, Americana and folk to keep the material from turning into just a wall of ramped up sound.
Lead singer Beau Gray’s fired up attitude kept the merriment on track throughout the night, shouting out infectious choruses and fist pumping sing-a-longs. The display was nothing too over the top as front men go, which was fine and more suited to the band’s “all for one, one for all” comradery. In fact, no one member of the band really stood out and overplayed; it was more about cohesion and keeping the sound tight, though the biting fiddle work of violinist Cami Smith was the grounding force of their Celtic/Americana theme. Smith dug in and held her own, even when the band tore off into punk rock forays, using here and there fiddle riffs to accent the Lexington Field sound.
The band also tried out some new material from their forth coming album No Man’s War, coming out in May 2013. Three songs into their set, Gray announced that “Crazy Eyes” was a new one. Usually, this means cringe time, especially this early in the set, as bands introduce tracks that are not yet fully formed. But “Crazy Eyes” showed no sign of that. The song was fully fleshed out and performed with confidence. Showing some growth in their song writing, the tune stood strong among some of their older tried and tested numbers. The handful of other new ones the band dropped in were also surprisingly zippy and up to snuff, ready for inclusion in sets going forward.
Lexington Field’s rowdy fiddle rock made for an engaging opening bang and has me on the lookout for when I’ll be able to catch them headlining their own show in town.
The band is Beau Gray on guitar and lead vocals, Bryan Hane on lead Guitar, Casey Jones on Bass, Vincent West on drums, and Cami Smith on fiddle.