After The Fire
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Date: 20 June, 2005

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After The Fire performing at Greenbelt last year.

 

'It is both awe inspiring and humbling that people would hold a band with such affection some 20-25 years after they receded from the public eye.'

 

After The Fire are returning for this year's Greenbelt. Andrew Jackson has some questions.

For those of us who first saw you at Greenbelt last year, who are After The Fire?

A band started in the 70's came to public attention in late 70's early 80's with Top 40 UK hit 'One Rule for You, One Rule for Me' on CBS records. Had a subsequent Top 5 hit in the US with 'Der Kommissar' in the summer of 83.

You played at the first ever Greenbelt and a few Greenbelts after that before splitting up. Why did the band split and why did it re-form?

After a 5 year run with CBS, financial and the ubiquitous internal 'musical differences' brought the band to a close finally in 1983. However, ATF were a band that enjoyed a hugely loyal fan base. So much so that after over 20 years, the band were persuaded to reform with new blood in 2004, initially for a fan reunion event. Subsequently we were invited to play at Greenbelt 2004.

Why the name 'After The Fire'?

A reference to a line from 1 Kings 19v12 in the Old Testament. 'After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a still small voice.'

Does it amaze you that after such a large gap you still have a following of fans?

Yes it does! It is both awe inspiring and humbling that people would hold a band with such affection some 20-25 years after they receded from the public eye.

What inspires your music?

Sometimes this comes from a musical riff that we come up with, sometimes a lyrical phrase that reinforces an issue and makes a point. Musically we have varied tastes so there is no particular musical influence we draw on, when we get an idea that works it just seems to flow from there. Our songs are reflective, too, and may often be interpreted in different ways by the listener.

What do you hope to achieve with the single One Rule (for Trade Justice)?

To be a small part of the massive movement to raise awareness of trade/justice issues. To be able to look back in years to come and know we were a part of a movement that changed history.

Are you looking forward to playing on the new North Stage at Greenbelt this year?

We always enjoy the atmosphere of Greenbelt and it's a great place to play. It will be nice to play on a stage with a little more space this year, it means we can be more creative in what we do.

Where can people buy or download the single?

Physical product can be purchased from the ATF WebShop and
downloads from iTunes, Napster et al and available soon from www.v2music.com.

• Greenbelt 2005 Tree of Life