After the Fire









After the Fire

After the Fire

got their name from a passage in the Bible. Also known as ATF, the group is a British Rock band which began playing Christian music and later began playing progressive rock then back to Christian new wave music. The band was together for 12 years and had one hit, Der Kommissar, in the United States and 1 hit, One rule For you, in the U. K.. Peter banks (keyboard player), formed the group in the early 1970's, in London, England. They went through some changes but ended up with Peter banks, Andy Piercy (guitar player and vocalist), Nick battle (bass player), Ivor Twiddle (drummer). The group had local success in London and released their first album, Signs of Change, in 1978, on their own label. The song was re-released on CD in 2004 because it had become a high priced collectors item. Battle left the group after that and Piercy switched to playing bass. John Russell joined the group as a guitar player. The band signed on with the CBS Record label and released their second album, Laser Love, in 1979. The group did shorter, more catchy pop rock songs. The band released the single, One Rule For You, in 1979 and it reached the Top 40 in the U. K.. The band released their 3rd and 4th album , 80-f, and batteries Not included, in the early 1980's. Der Kommissar was released and went to the Top 10 in the U. S. In 1983. It also made the Top 50 in the U. K.. After this they released their first and only album, ATF, which was a compilation of their songs throughout their career.

The groups success was too little, too late because shortly after the release of the album, the group split up. They had been having problems the year before the album was released. They had a final album, Free heat, scheduled but it was never released. Banks went on to build his own studio and networking enterprise. Russell went to work in a music shop and later got involved in youth work. Piercy went on to become a record producer and King joined a German Rock band, BAP in 1986 and later died in 1987 with testicular cancer. Twidell went solo and released 3 solo albums and later became a police officer.

At the Friends reunion in 2004, Pete, John, Ina, and Matt Russell (Johnís teenage son), came together to perform a karaoke set. Pete was also later convinced to appear at the reunion gig at the Greenbelt festival. Keith Smith finished up the lineup as lead vocalist. In 2005, the group re-worked and released the song, One Rule, for Trade Justice, which was a new recording of their U. K. Hit in 1979. In 2005, they also released a second track, Forged From Faith, as a digital download. The group had a total of 9 albums all together, 3 Eps, 11 singles, and 1 DVD.