After Comes The Dark – released: 16th July 2021 on Talking Elephant
After Comes The Dark – the long-awaited fourth album from Kent-based folk rock band Green Diesel is set for release on 16th July. The album was recorded during 2020 at Squarehead Studios in Sittingbourne and is the first to feature the band’s new five-person line-up. The album also marks the debut of drummer, Paul Dadswell, from Kentish acid-folk band Galley Beggar.
The band are Ellen Care (lead vocals, violin), Paul Dadswell (drums, vocals), Matt Dear (lead guitar, vocals), Ben Holliday (bass) and Greg Ireland (guitar, bouzouki, dulcimer, mandolin, keyboards, percussion, vocals). With the exception of new boy, Paul, who lives in Sidcup, all the band were brought up in Faversham although the members are now spread between Faversham, Canterbury and Folkestone. Publicity shots of the new line-up were taken on the beach at Walmer.
Although the pandemic has meant the absence of live gigs the band will be performing at Broadstairs Folk Week on 10th August, which will be the band’s only live appearance this summer.
The current formulation of the band has enabled Green Diesel to explore new sounds and new directions. A noteworthy feature on the new album, and a distinct departure from previous albums, is that every single band member has written at least one song on the album. The result is an album of stunning folk rock with an inventive twist and innovative use of their studio surroundings.
Guitarist, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Greg Ireland, comments:
“After Comes The Dark is a kind of ‘folk in technicolor’. We used the studio to experiment with different sound textures and extra layers of vocal harmonies and you can hear that we’ve been inspired by more psychedelic sounds, too. There are plenty of prog rock and ‘Canterbury Sound’ bands influences in there.”
“The record is still very definitely a ‘folk’ album though. The major themes we explore are cycles, rebirth, the natural world and folklore. As each of us in the band grow older, the concept of the passing of time is apparent through many of the songs.”
As the band were preparing and arranging the songs, bands like Caravan and Genesis proved major influences – allowing Green Diesel to take a more experimental approach compared to past albums, exploring different time signatures and different musical structures.
Hailing from Faversham in Kent, Green Diesel first emerged back in 2009, taking their inspiration from the depths of English folk lore and legend, and the classic folk-rock sound of their predecessors: Fairport Convention and The Albion Band. Blending violin, mandolin and dulcimer with electric guitars and drums, Green Diesel’s sound is born from a love of traditional English music and a desire to bring it to a modern audience. Green Diesel’s three previous albums: Now Is The Time (2012), Wayfarers All (2014) and The Hangman’s Fee (2016) have all won praise from critics and fans alike for the quality of song-writing and musicianship and the band have been a popular draw at festivals, from Broadstairs Folk Week to Beverley Folk Festival.
Green Diesel – what they say:
“an authentic slice of contemporary folk-rock-psychedelia at its very best” – FATEA on the new single ‘Underworld’
“I can see myself at a festival in the woods being totally entranced by Green Diesel’s otherworldly sound as there is something mesmerizing about Ellen Care’s vocals” – Folk Horror Blog on the new single ‘Underworld’
“The musicians are all excellent and the singing is up to the level of bands like Fairport Convention and Pentagle”ProgGnosis on the new album After Comes The Dark
“Folk-rock in the grand manner” – R2 Magazine
“A band with roots deep in the native soil, playing their own electric interpretations of ancient English music” – Shindig!
“An established band simply getting better” – FolkWords
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