Local folk band First After the Fire release debut album – Nelson Star
Local folk band First After the Fire release their debut album, a seven-song, self-titled EP on February 5.
The creation of the album marks the completion of a project that began in early 2019. The three-piece band, at the time consisting of Philip Seagram, Carlo Alcos and Shannon Sargent, had conceived and performed their original music focused on on harmony at the local level. halls for several years when they decided to start the process of recording an album.
Over the next few months most of the raw recordings were completed and the band were able to release three songs as singles. The band was working on the remaining tracks when COVID-19 hit. The project then had to be shelved as priorities shifted for band members during the ensuing pandemic.
By the end of 2021, however, the band have committed to completing the album. They recorded additional vocal and instrumental parts for various songs, mostly at home.
All songs were then mixed by Alcos in his home studio. David Ronald of local studio All Ears Productions mastered the album.
The music on this album is true to the essence of the band. Each song tells a heartfelt story told through the band’s strong vocal harmonies and clean instrumentals. In addition to guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele and mandolin played by Seagram and Alcos on the album, several tracks include stunning contributions from local violinist Aurelien Sudan, and two tracks are carefully kicked off by the work of Edmonton drummer Johnald Aram.
The first album of First After the Fire is to be savored. It’s been a long time coming, but, like many things, maybe it’s best for it.
CDs can be purchased from Packrat Annie’s and the album can be found on Spotify, Apple Music and other major streaming platforms.