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After the Fire


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London, England (1971 – 1972, 1974 – 1982, 2004 – present)

There are two bands under this name:
1) After the Fire was a British prog rock/new wave band.
2) After the Fire is a Dutch Oi! band.
3) After the Fire is a Brazilian ISD tribute band.

1) After the Fire was a British prog rock/new wave band that originally formed in 1971 in London, England. They are one of a small group of acts to be a one hit wonder in both the UK and US with entirely different songs (1979’s “One Rule for You” and 1982’s “Der Kommissar”, respectively).

The band originally formed in 1971/early 1972 with Peter Banks on keyboards, John Leach on bass and Ian Adamson on drums. The original group disbanded in December 1972. Peter went on to play keyboards for Narnia, playing alongside John Russell.

In 1974 Peter and Ian decided to breathe new life into ATF and started auditions for a guitar player. Andy Piercy approached the pair, and after a settling of opinions the Piercy/Banks partnership was formed. The early material took the form of Christian stories. In 1975 Robin Childs joined the band as a bass player.

In 1977 Robin left, replaced by Nick Battle and Ian left to be replaced by a “strange” drummer, Ivor Twidell. By late 1977 Nick had decided to leave but was persuaded to stay to record Signs of Change.

Signs Of Change was released on a private label out of frustration with the Christian record labels who insisted that bands pay up-front. It was an outstanding album for it’s time, well thought through and brilliantly executed. The six tracks are reminiscent of early Genesis and Yes, synth-lead with good-sized instrumental breaks.


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