A participation in Humo’s Rock Rally comes too soon for the band, one year later they finished second in the Yamaha Band Explosion-competition and released their debut single She’s An Alien. The song became a radio hit and it got also picked up by MTV.
Ashbury Faith mainly toured in the years after their released single (e.g. a five week tour in Canada), but they also started recording their debut record Feverjam in 1993. The album was received favorably, but it was lacking something. As Oor’s Music Encyclopedia said: “Because of the discrepancy between the experience of the producer (Jean-Marie Aerts) and the studio-inexperience of the band, the result was no more than promising”.
In 1994, they toured extensively in Belgium, France, Holland, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Britain. The group got also noted for the ludicrous stage acts of singer Axl Peleman, who generally performed in the nude, with his bass guitar.
In 1995 they recorded the album Adrenalin. For this, they moved to Philadelphia and worked under the guidance of producer Stiff Johnson (Urban Dance Squad, G.Love & Special Sauce, The Outriders, The Goats, Kris Kross, Schooly D, …).
The band recorded it in an old and battered studio, with almost worn-out echo tapes, reverb plates and a mixing table that was once used in Jimi Hendrix’ Electric Ladyland studios.
After their third album Zed and their last shows in 1997, there has been no news about Ashbury Faith. Most members did however continue playing with other bands and music projects. Axl Peleman started playing bass for the reassembled punk/rock band Paranoiacs, and later on in 2000 he started a completely new outfit named AngeliCo (with ex-Sin Alley members Martine Van Hoof and Ruben Block).
In 2001 Axl Peleman left Angelico for what it was and began playing with Luc De Vos of Gorki, forming the collaboration project Automatic Buffalo (named after the The Sheila Divine song). Afterwards, when Axl really got into it again, he released a solo-CD as Camden, playing alternative/pop/rock music, which does remind listeners back to the days of Ashbury Faith, even though the songs released by Camden (such as Black Paper, Black Ink) showed a more mellow side of what Axl Peleman wants to create musicwise.
Edited by FoyerArdent on 26 Oct 2011, 11:25
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