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The After Announce 'Doesn't Matter' Single Release and Summer Tour

23 December 2021 - 0 Comments

New Zealand Music Industry stalwart Andrew Featherstone has recorded and promoted hundreds of artists over the past 30 years with his studio and record label Intergalactic Records, the home of 8 Foot Sativa and early Jason Kerrison recordings amongst others. For the past 26 years he has also run the Battle of the Bands National Championship, and in 2004 launched the World Battle of the Bands competition in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New Zealand and Australia; later expanding in, Singapore, Manila, New York, Beijing and Taipei.

What some may not know about Featherstone is that he’s a songwriter and bass player in his own right, one who’s had his fair share of close calls in the success stakes. Featherstone has performed alongside No Doubt (US), Collective Soul (US), Silverchair (AUS), Everclear (US), but his most recent project The After is creating the most interest in his career to date.

The After’s charismatic vocalist Blu, from Wellington, first crossed paths with Featherstone when his band ELK won BOTB 2019. Feathersone describes the moment: "When I saw Blu performing for the first time, all I could think was, this guy is the real deal…kinda Robert Plant meets Michael Hutchence".

Guitarist Vance Manu from Invercargill as also a previous BOTB finalist in two bands from Southland, Carcosa and Soul Manor. Featherstone says, ‘We gave Vance the best guitarist award at the 2015 BOTB’s, shared with Brendon Thomas (both feature on The After's debut single Clear to Me)."

Keyboardist extraordinaire Bruce Madden from Auckland joined on Hammond organ for the last batch of 2021 tour dates and the newest addition - on drums - is Gareth Scott of The Tuesdays, The Bobby Holidays and Landslide, completing the 2022 touring line-up.

Featherstone says of Doesn’t Matter, "The song is about letting go of the old ways, not dwelling on the past and complaining about inevitable changes but embracing the future and evolving as a species. It’s good to be reminded of a longer-term view of humanity and life - Earth’s species survival instincts drive us beyond any overthinking that we’re perhaps indulging in too much of late…"

Doesn’t Matter was recorded in August (the day Auckland went into its most recent lockdown) at The Lab, with Olly Harmer engineering and drumming on the initial tracks. Recording continued at Featherstone’s Titirangi studio The Manor, plus in Nelson and Invercargill due to band members’ locations. Producer Steve James mixed the single at Red Engine Studios in Brisbane, with Matt Gray performing mastering duties. The After are embarking on an extensive nationwide NZ summer tour spanning Whangarei to Invercargill from 15th January to 19th February 2022.

During 2020/21, The After was lucky enough to be able to tour New Zealand whilst most of the global live music industry was at a stand-still. The Asia & Australia legs of the Asia Pacific Tour are being rescheduled to later in 2022.

THE AFTER – ‘DOESN’T MATTER’ SINGLE RELEASE NZ SUMMER TOUR

FRI 14 JAN BUTTER FACTORY - WHANGAREI
SAT 15 JAN LEIGH SAWMILL - LEIGH
SUN 16 JAN THE RIVERHEAD RIVERHEAD
THU 20 JAN VALHALLA WELLINGTON
SAT 22 JAN 5 TAPPED (ARVO) BLENHEIM
SAT 22 JAN LIQUID NELSON

FRI 11 FEB THE BOILER ROOM WHAKATANE
SAT 12 FEB BAY ROCK FESTIVAL TAURANGA
SAT 12 FEB THE CABANA NAPIER
THU 17 FEB ANTHOLOGY LOUNGE AUCKLAND
FRI 18 FEB BIDDY MULLIGAN’S HAMILTON
SAT 19 FEB LUCFEST TE AWAMUTU

*TICKETING DETAILS, AND DATES FOR INVERCARGILL, DUNEDIN AND CHRISTCHURCH WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

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