Looking back on entering Audio on Wednesday night, I think it's fair to say I had my hopes up. On a cold, wet and windy November night, you could envisage a sort of sweaty, sociable hum and perhaps a little movement here and there, during the build up to The Field's set. However after plundering downstairs to receive shelter in the bleak and sticky basement venue of Audio, my expectations were unfortunately dampened a little. That is not to say there was an uncomfortable atmosphere. It was just somewhat... non-existent. The quiet murmur of middle-aged and mild-mannered chatter resonated around the room, leaving me feeling a little like I'd entered an early evening tent at a Dad-friendly festival such as End of The Road. Maybe it was the excessive array of woolly v-neck jumpers, maybe it was the endless sea of receding hairlines, maybe it was just my paranoia of feeling obscenely small and young of face amidst the adult world of minimalist Swedish techno appreciation. But shit, at least the room wasn't full of hipsters. I can't be sure of the capacity of Audio, but I can be pretty sure it felt half empty (or half full?). Which is a great shame, because the ambiance of the place could have been truly charged, more akin to Axel Willner and co's performance back at Loop festival, where there was a greater feeling of people enjoying themselves. Arguably so, the soundcheck hadn't done the guys many favours. Set opener Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes from Yesterday and Today sounded almost amateur compared to the lushness of its recording. However as time unfurled and some stand-out favourites from from Here We Go Sublime were dropped, there was a definite shift in the mood. More acknowledging whoops, more heads bopped, others gawped onwards in awe. I'd like to think my flatmate and I broke a sweat about 3 songs into the set, starting out with Over The Ice; the simplistic and breathtaking opening track for Here We Go... , paying a nice little homage to Kate Bush by sampling her track Under The Ice. I was hoping The Little Heart Beats So Fast would inspire some more dancing in others. Alas, it felt like just the two of us jerking and swaying along to "UH! UH!" amid a small flock of seemingly static men. (Quite surreal, but good fun.) Willner's previous performances circa the Here We Go... era had heavily relied on man + computer. Since Yesterday and Today, things have evolved performance wise. The inclusion of a live band onstage being the evolution, and it had its advantages and drawbacks. One advantage was reveling in the pony-tailed and tattooed drummer relentlessly pound beat after beat in harmony with dance-heavy numbers like Everday, and Leave it. Another being the numerous new layers of sound bringing new life into the music. One vital drawback was the somewhat clumsy sound levels distorting these potentially great new inclusions. It didn't seem to phase the crowd, mind. A long applause and excessive whoops and cheers arose to a climax for the group's encore which finally got (almost) everyone tapping their toes. By this point I definitely had full blown sweat-fringe (y'know the kind where you can flick it and splash someone in the face) and was happy to see a troupe of notably shiny happy faces on my exit. www.myspace.com/thefieldsthlm