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Amps For Christ (AFC) is about the combinations of many styles of music and sound from hardcore and noise to traditional musics (Folkcore and Musnik). The subjects go from war and run-away corporate capitalism to peace and the love and mercy of God. The warp in the harmonic scale, experimentation with waveforms and “beat-tones” are matters of great intrigue.

Barnes has been building stringed instruments, pre-amps and amplifiers of an experimental nature for many moons and used them while in the hardcore/noise band Man Is The Bastard (MITB) Barnes and Connell (drums of MITB) started a side band called Two Ambiguous Figures with Barnes playing sitar and Connell on the tablas. It evolved into AFC after Barnes’ amicable departure from MITB in 1996. Since ‘92, Barnes has also been working with Wood —and sometimes Nelson— on another side band called Bastard Noise.

Amps For Christ has strong elements of pure noise and experimental throughout. Back in 1996 Barnes met Enid Snarb who is a recording freak and preparer of Hammonds. They started recording AFC. There have been many collaborators: The beautiful Tara Tavi singing and playing Chinese instruments, Marz of Pyramids On Mars and Barnes’ bro, R. , and dad, R.G. Barnes, as well as many others.


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  • IamFlood

    have to agree about circuits. it's a solo orgy.

    28 Apr 3:26pm Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Beautiful band one that I almost forgot about! I need to listen to more of them!

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • Eyefunkist

    And it's when will I see you again? Oh, dear love, tell me! When the moon sinks yonder over sycamore tree, and that will never be.

    14 May 2014 Reply
  • bopapocalypse

    canyons cars & crows is quite a lovely album!

    16 Apr 2014 Reply
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  • infecteDlamingo


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  • oaquard

    Every time I try to listen to Circuits I always have to leave after listening to the first track ugh. Its pretty great now that I'm finally listening to its entirety.

    21 Aug 2012 Reply
  • nysynecdoche

    I thought I'll never would listen to a new AFC album. Nice split, guys. Still looking for The Plains of Alluvial tape though.

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • majo334

    Indigo Rain is one of the f*ckin greatest songs i've heard in my whole life. freakingly amazing. wish it didnt stop so sudden.

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • majo334

    damn, fantastic band, seems so unknown ! WHY ?

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • fnordexplorer

    one of the only times anyone has tried blending old time with anything else that isn't a total travesty. this and book of sand.

    5 Jan 2012 Reply
  • soyunanaranja

    dllll <3

    26 May 2011 Reply
  • dougsharp


    26 Mar 2011 Reply
  • oaquard

    world peace.

    31 Dec 2010 Reply
  • hawkw

    Awesome band name, too.

    31 Dec 2010 Reply

    @ gojiro: I know, a friend just recommended this band and when I found out it was a project by Man Is the Bastard's founder, I was shocked and pleasantly surprised. No wonder it's so damn weird!

    24 Dec 2010 Reply

    The best thing about the band is the cover art. Don't get me wrong, the music is excellent, but I just like how the art matches and adds to the music. Really neat.

    24 Dec 2010 Reply
  • gojiro13

    This is what became of Man Is The Bastard?! Color me pleasantly surprised. I was just waving a Profane Existence 7" in front of a jealous friend's face, a comp where MITB appear as "Charred Remains". If only every political hardcore band matured into something as great as AFC.

    6 Dec 2010 Reply
  • earthcrossing

    I've only ever heard one of their songs, "Branches" - if there are others as pretty as that one I'm interested in hearing them :)

    18 Oct 2010 Reply
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