Interview with Paul Lisak (lead singer, guitarist), and Hamzah Bashir Khan (bass player).
How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?
The initial band (Paul + Hamzah) met up in late 2007 in Leytonstone, and put the band together calling it After The Ice. The name came from a book by Steven Mithen, (After the Ice: a global human history). So hard to find a name everyone can agree upon (and that doesn’t already exist!), and that had a certain ring to it.
How would you describe your music?
The music is very much an eclectic affair. Closest you can get to describing it is psychedelic or acid rock, with blues and raga influences. And never forgetting the band writes acoustic as well as electric music…
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
We’re a live band, so we love doing shows and spend as much time as possible on stage, and on the road. But lately, we have just finished recording an EP with producer Nick Tauber (Thin Lizzy, Toya, Marillion etc) at State of the Arc Studios in Richmond, and are to release it in the Autumn. This will be coupled with a small UK tour, and we have plans to visit the US as well as Europe next year.
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
Anybody? Jack White would be great. Janis Joplin or Elvis would be superb – but obviously impossible.
Why? Because they rock. They have great voices…what can one say? As for Jack White, he is truly interesting. Not an easy thing to find in the music business nowadays.
Also a bassist called Jonas Hellborg: freakin’ awesome!
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album
Paul: I would take Beethoven’s 5th and 7th symphonies, conducted by Furtwangler. I guess it contains what I need.. it’s kind of bigger than life.
Hamzah: The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady by Charles Mingus. It reminds me of my weekends.