Fielding Chase is the current musical moniker of William Codona and his wife Rachel. William comes from several generations of entertainers, a legacy stretching back over two centuries. The Codona family hall of fame includes acrobats, clowns, Punch and Judy performers, world famous trapeze artists and fairground show people who travelled across Europe and America to bring entertainment to the masses.
William’s musical adventure takes a similar approach as it travels around the genres. Cardiacs (the recent E.P. is dedicated to the memory of Tim Smith), De Staat, David Byrne, Rammstein, Foo Fighters, Buzzcocks, Manic Street Preachers and Twenty One Pilots are among the most prominent musical influences. Vintage horror movies and cult classics such as ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ provide cinematic ingredients thrown into the Fielding Chase melting pot.
William is a native of Glasgow and it was in that city’s fertile indie rock breeding ground in the 1990s that he cut his musical teeth as a member of The Surfin’ Gnomes and Subway, the latter of which attracted some significant interest from record labels but were fated to become another band stuck between rock n roll and a hard luck place.
Fielding Chase was the character played by William Shatner in his second murderous guest starring role in Columbo’s ‘Butterfly in Shades of Grey’ in 1994. Whether that trivia fact is relevant to the band and its music, is up to you to channel your own personal Peter Falk to investigate. Your own sense of musical adventure should compel you to investigate the output of Fielding Chase the band.