Bathing in the Afterglow at Quintessential Sessions Quayside
The latest band to catch my ear Afterglow, take their name from the nineteen sixty-eight,
Mod anthem Afterglow (of your love) by East end boys The Small Faces.
I met up with the fresh faced group in new music venue Quayside, where they were
playing live later that night, with local heroes SideWinder.
Afterglow has risen from the ashes of Acoustica and The Regicides and started out as
a four piece until they brought vocalist Will on board.
They now gig as a five piece and have already supported some well known names including
Weekend Millionaires and The Chase.
The highlight of their gig history so far, has been playing to two hundred plus
people at the White Horse Inn at Gilberdyke.
I asked the band what Afterglow, meant to them and they came up with some
interesting ideas; a dictionary definition describing a good feeling after a good experience.
Another was the Wikipedia explanation of the red hues in the sky moments after the sun
goes down, those dieing rays of fiery sun.
They concluded this metaphysical debate by saying it's about, a little bit of everything
rolled into Afterglow.
I am warming to the group of young lads, and continue to find out what gets their
musical juices flowing right now.
I uncover a melting pot of current indie sounds, classic rock overtones and a hefty dose of death metal.
They surprise me by first reeling of local bands such as The Landaus and Dirty Dreamers
quickly followed by Led Zeppelin and We Are Scientists.
Panic at the Disco and more obscure names like The Academy Is and The Frame indicate more
After pressing guitarist Rucko for an answer he eventually plumps for System of the
Down as the band that gets him up in the morning.
I also wanted to delve into the mythologies surrounding bands, so enquired about
superstitions and items or routines that have to be followed to bring luck on and of stage.
Bass player Ben always has to carry two plectrums with him and Rucko has a lucky
wristband which we discover, with alarm, he is not wearing.
Tonight Afterglow's success or failure is in the lap of the gods then.
Afterglow has a three track demo -featuring songs Promises and Indie Afterglow
and Echoes- available at the moment.
They worked alongside Chris Miley of Strange Reality Music to produce the CD at
his studio based just near Goole in Snaith.
In addition to recording local bands Chris runs workshops and courses in all areas
of music creation and production, from pre- GCSE level up to HND standard.
The band is planning to record again later in the year, either another three
track demo or compiling an album that best showcases their sound.
The five guys enjoy socialising in and around hull going to gigs and clubs and feel
these non-band past times strengthen the bonds between them.
I think this thinking can be both a boon and a hindrance.
It is also vitally important to have a life away from the band otherwise the rock n
roll lifestyle can be come all consuming.
But at the same time just meeting up to rehearse and play can hinder the development
of the awareness needed on stage and, that most important commodity, trust.
I sincerely hope that Afterglow can find a balance and not become tainted by
the destructive elements of life in a band.
For a bit of fun I insisted the band come up with a Super group comprising of
members dead or alive this is the line up they created...
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