It's a blistering hot Saturday I am in the upstairs room of Big Hand Studio
with mixing desk monitors and stacks of equipment covered with LED lights blinking
intermittently. I am here to see AfterGlow who the week previous headlined at Sesh
to great effect playing possibly their best Hull gig to date.
They were all right on the button raising the temperatures around the room as they played.
They are recording their next single and I get there just in time to join them in raisin cookies and plenty of belly laughs.
So guys how are things?
Things are good generally.
You were on Alan Raw's Raw Talent Show recently how do you think it went?
Well we'd been recording all day and then had to go to the BBC building and do a
live acoustic set for Radio Humberside 95.9.
It was good to finally get in there and I reckon Alan enjoyed having us on,
think we exceeded expectations.
Ben your guitarist played his last official gig at the Sesh before going off to University, how is that going to affect the band in terms of sound, feel and dynamic?
There is one extra chair in the van...(laughter from everyone) it's the end of an era really. We've known for a while that Ben was going to leave and it just made the four of us more resolute to look to our strengths in each other and always try to triumph in the face of adversity.
We are considering taking on a new bass player but in the meantime Will is going to play bass. Whatever happens we have to keep going. Stick together and do everything as a team.
Heard some new material on the radio Move to Quickly and Shotgun where did they come from what was the inspiration behind them?
Move to Quickly is kind of about Ben it's a tribute to all the work he's put into the
band and acts as a musical farewell plus Ben wrote the riff for the song.
Shotgun is about the insecurities of facing up to the crap in your love life and dealing with all that and on a wider level being in a band having served our apprentice and now finding our own space.
After the release of the E.P. Night in the life of last year, how was it received by everyone?
It was good. At gigs we had strong crowds where we played during the E.P tour, and
managed to sell a good few at gigs and on download.
Also we got on KCFM 99.8 for a live session and interview. The release was featured in local media heavily including an article in the local press, yeah it was good. We learned a lot around that time and are making use of what we learned for when we release the new single.
Did you get that all elusive phone call or email?
We had some label interest and a few booking agents contacting us.
Setting up Empire Records has really helped to raise our
professional outlook but now we are looking for somebody with experience,
preferably music business background but most importantly the same passion
we have to take both the Empire Records label and AfterGlow forward.
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