Wizards of Twiddly / After the Flood
The Wizards of Twiddly
Formed in Liverpool 1988 the Wizards of Twiddly stuck out like a sore thumb ! Creating wildly ambitious music from a vast and colourful palette with large chunks of humour and theatricality. On their own Fracture for Pleasure label they produced two idiosyncratic albums independent legs (1992) and man made self (1994). Largely ignored by the mainstream music press ('Scouse Gets' NME 1993) they managed to attract a collection of committed supporters including Cardiacs' Tim Smith, Radio One's Mark and Lard and the late, great Vivian Stanshall.
In 1994 they embarked on a year long collaboration with the very legendary Kevin Ayers. In 2000 Market Square records released the live Turn the Lights Down -Live in London 1995 with the band accompanying Kevin on some of his tunes.
Some members went on to play with The Muffin Men -a Frank Zappa covers band which continued the Twiddly spirit of aural adventure and invention - sometimes with ex-Zappa member Jimmy Carl Black.'
"When someone gets around to re-scripting the map of the musical landscape of Liverpool somewhere upon that redrawing the name Wizards of Twiddly will be somewhere at the forefront.these impish rascals have proven themselves to be mercurial musical magpies.''
Mark Barton, losing today - indie music online 2011
"'The best band to ever come out of Liverpool"
- Steve Davis BBC 6 Music July 2011
After the Flood
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 and Marty Snape (Zeb/Babadub/Bulbs), Des Murphy (Zeb), 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.
“Imagine Paul Simon’s Graceland having a musical baby with Yes’s Fragile“ - Amy Chidlow, GetIntoThis
“Filled with hypnotic grooves drawn from every corner of the globe this is an affirmative vision of how cultures might interact once national divisions are abandoned after a catastrophic flood.” - The Musician
On Neil Campbell:
"One of the best acoustic guitar players of our time" - Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility
"Neil Campbell remains one the U.K.’s shamefully undiscovered contemporary composers, and I for one hope a larger audience awaits him soon” - Bob Mulvey, TPA
"music of serious quality and distinction" - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music