the rub of their locks and keys,
Big black boots desperate,
to stamp out the fight in me.
Never, as much as they cause us pain,
Chop off our hands and our feet and our tongues,
Something inside remains.
And our day will come."
Imagine if the world was almost destroyed and there were just a few survivors left. With the goal of building a new positive world from the wreckage of the past what sort of music would surviving musicians make? After the Flood is a conceptual instrumental band hailing from Liverpool, UK featuring guitarist/composers Neil Campbell (Bulbs/Perri and Neil/Neil Campbell Collective) and Marty Snape (Mighty Zeb/Bulbs/The Hat Band), along with Roger Gardiner (Dead Poppies) on Overwater bass and Norwegian ace Viktor Nordberg on drums. The band create a pan-global acoustic-based music where each musician is an equal part of the whole. After the Flood's music draws on minimalism, folk music, progressive rock, African, Indian and other indigenous musical styles, using polyrhythms, cyclical structures and tight arrangements but allowing pockets of space for improvisation and self-expression.
"Like all good progressive albums you are drawn into it as it takes you on a musical journey... [It's] your perfect summer soundtrack perhaps." - Rob Harrison, Nerve
"After The Flood is a bold and brave statement, its intentions broad in scope and possibly even broader in execution, even if the manner in which it is presented stays true to the acoustic guitar spirit that Neil Campbell’s work is most often centred round. **** " - Steven Reid, Sea of Tranquility
“a well-crafted combination of energetic melodies, weaved neatly together over the bass and drums... imagine Paul Simon’s Graceland having a musical baby with Yes’s Fragile“ - Amy Chidlow, GetIntoThis
“What is reassuring is how seamlessly After The Flood follows on from ‘The Outsider - News From Nowhere’, a testament to the band, who have grasped and absorbed Neil’s concept, taken ownership of it, placed a different complexion on the material, but remained true to the paradigm... this latest offering continues the rich vein of music emanating from the Neil Campbell camp.” - Bob Mulvey, The Progressive Aspect
“Filled with hypnotic grooves drawn from every corner of the globe this album is an affirmative vision of how cultures might interact once national divisions are abandoned after a catastrophic flood.” - The Musician
“If you like and appreciate thoughtful progressive music along the lines of King Crimson’s more esoteric moments, then After The Flood are your group of choice. Buckle up and let them take you across continents and other worlds of musicality.” - Steve Kinrade, Pennyblack Reviews
released July 13, 2018
Neil Campbell (classical and electric guitars, keyboards and handclaps)
Marty Snape (acoustic guitars, keyboards and electronics)
Roger Gardiner (Overwater bass)
Viktor Nordberg (drums)
Perri Alleyne-Hughes (vocals on tracks 8 & 9)
Ian Cantwell and Mark Jones (vocals on track 11)
Engineered by Marty Snape
Additional Engineering by Jon Lawton at Crosstown Studios
Produced by Marty Snape and Neil Campbell
Mastering by Jon Lawton
The band would like to thank those who have supported them and contributed to this album. Special thanks to guest musicians Perri Alleyne-Hughes, Mark Jones and Ian Cantwell for their vocal performances.
Cover Painting by Joseph Cowell, used with thanks
Inner Cover Photos by David Munn, used with thanks
Inner Text by Ian Cantwell, used with thanks
Design by Paul Hunt
supported by 4 fans who also own “After the Flood”
Ah, why didn't I buy this earlier? Has been on my wishlist since it's release and Bad Elephant Music's sampler and ongoing sales campaign luckily triggered the buy.
Tags given are post-progressive and post-rock, but the music feels much lighter than I usually associate with those tags. Quite song-oriented, indeed. Great music, great vocals. Carsten Pieper