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Split Level

Alternative Rock
Northern Ireland

Split Level were a Christian rock band from Northern Ireland, active from 1986 to 2000.

Split Level first began their career in the mid-1980s, playing local Christian gatherings and festivals in Northern Ireland. A song of theirs appeared on a 1985 Word Records compilation called The Buzz on the Streets. Their debut recording appeared in 1986 on Big Feet Records, followed by the 1987 release Sons of Liberty on What? Records.

They began playing events in England soon after, and eventually relocated to England permanently. In 1991 they released View of a World, their first record to be pressed on CD, on German label Pila Music. Working with renowned producer Andy Piercy, the full-length Boomerang followed in 1992 to critical acclaim in the Christian music press. The European Christian Booksellers' Journal named Boomerang its Album of the Year in 1993. Their 1994 EP, Call Me White Call Me Black, was first recorded with the intent of selling during their Artists Against Racism tour in Germany, but was later tapped for general release. In 1995, the European Christian Booksellers' Journal gave Split Level its award for Best Christian Rock Band. Their next full-length, glo.bal, was released in both the UK and the U.S. in 1997 on Organic Records. Their 2000 live release was recorded in Ennepetal, Germany at the Christmas Rock Night festival 1998.

Discography

1986 Break the Chains Big Feet Records
1987 Sons of Liberty What? Records
1989 Bootleg Demos
1991 View of a World Pila Music
1992 Boomerang Pila Music
1994 Call Me White Call Me Black Pila Music
1997 glo.bal Organic Records
2000 Live! ICC
2001 Simply the Best

Break the Chains

1986 Big Feet Records

Adrian Thompson – Vocals, guitars
Derek Curie – Bass guitar, vocals
Shane Jackson – Keyboards
Barrie Kennedy – Drums, percussion, vocals

  1. Stand Firm
  2. Easter Rising
  3. Risen Lord
  4. Touch
  5. Messenger of Love
  6. Future Kingdom
  7. Fear of Falling
  8. Wishing
  9. Tonight
  10. Forgiveness
  11. Shout the Victory
  12. Break the Chains

Sons of Liberty

1987 What? Records (WHA R 1238)

Adrian Thompson - Vocals, guitar
Derek Currie - Vocals, bass guitar
Barry Kennedy - Vocals, drums

Brian Jones - Keyboards
Enda Walsh - Keyboards

  1. Land of Freedom
  2. Peace of Home
  3. I Will Live
  4. Into the Fire
  5. It Won't be Long
  6. Sons of Liberty
  7. View of a World
  8. Desertland
  9. God Is
  10. Dove

Bootleg Demos

1989 Independent


View of a World

1991 Pila Music (CD 60124)

Adrian Thompson - Lead vocals, guitar
Gary Preston - Bass
Rob Craner - Drums

  1. Why? (3:03)
  2. Come So Far (3:35)
  3. Your Blood (3:04)
  4. Julia (4:15)
  5. Dying Days (4:02)
  6. Autumn Leaves (3:16)
  7. Talking About Love (3:16)
  8. This Old Town (4:00)
  9. Selfish Ways (4:05)
  10. Heaven's Shore (4:46)

Boomerang

1992 Pila Music (27181)

Adrian Thompson - Vocals, guitar
Gary Preston - Bass, vocals
Rob Craner - Drums, percussion, vocals

Jean-Pierre Rudolph - Fiddle, penny whistle
Dan Donovan - Cover design and artwork

  1. Holy Fire (3:51)
  2. Nicholas Says (2:57)
  3. Borderland (3:30)
  4. Lasting Hope (3:37)
  5. Alone (3:44)
  6. Messenger of Love (4:37)
  7. Twist (In My Sobriety) (3:41)
  8. Miracle (3:43)
  9. I Found Love (4:08)
  10. This Time (4:08)
  11. Stay (5:59)
  12. Carry You (5:35)

Call Me White Call Me Black

1994 Pila Music (27244-2)

Adrian Thompson - Vocals, guitar
Gary Preston - Bass, vocals
Rob Craner - Drums, vocals

Jean-Pierre Rudolph - Fiddle, cymbal
Dan Donovan - Sleeve design

  1. Call Me White Call Me Black (5:03)
  2. Pocket of Change (3:47)
  3. Colour Wheel (3:43)
  4. Twist in My Sobriety (Mondo Mix) (3:43)
  5. Borderland (Non-Stop Mix) (3:52)
  6. Alone (Penny Whistle Mix) (3:26)

glo.bal

1997 Organic Records (ORCD-9702)

  1. Everything
  2. Twister
  3. Emily
  4. Healed
  5. The Tings I Do
  6. Shrinking Brain
  7. Circles
  8. If I Should Leave
  9. Fly
  10. Pinlight
  11. Got Your Number

Live!

2000 ICC (ICCD43030)

  1. Intro (1:20)
  2. Twister (4:02)
  3. Julia (5:27)
  4. If I Should Leave (4:54)
  5. Got My Number (5:35)
  6. Healed (5:35)
  7. Window Shopping (4:17)
  8. I Found Love (4:47)
  9. Miracle (3:47)
  10. Everything (4:59)
  11. Shrinking Brain (5:06)
  12. Holy Fire (7:52)
  13. Window Shopping [studio recording] (4:20)
  14. Every Breath [studio recording] (3:36)

Simply the Best

2001 Independent

  1. Lasting Hope (3:37)
  2. Holy Fire (3:51)
  3. Miracle (3:43)
  4. Healed (4:40)
  5. Call Me White - Call Me Black (5:03)
  6. Emily (3:54)
  7. Pocket of Change (3:47)
  8. Julia (Neil Costello Mix) (3:35)
  9. Nicholas Says (2:57)
  10. Dying Days (Heppenheim Mix) (4:29)
  11. Come So Far (3:35)
  12. Borderland (Non Stop Mix) (3:52)
  13. Carry You (5:35)