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50 States of Talent continues in Arizona and The Afterlight

afterlight bwThis week finds us in a warmer climate.  I’ve traveled west as I said I would and stumbled upon The Afterlight a pop/punk band hailing from the Mesa area.

The core members of this band have been on the Arizona punk scene for almost a decade  A scene that has given us such bands as The Gin Blossom”s and Jimmy Eat World.

Many of the guys in The Afterlight  have been part of some popular bands during this time such as Already Lost, Curbside High, and Spindle who changed their name to Third Approach.  Third Approach was a mainstay on the scene for 7 years releasing 3 albums during their reign.

The last band to have members of The Afterlight in it was The Heartless.  A band that enjoyed immense popularity on the scene and had a promising future. Their album “One Night Stanza” landed them a spot in a contest on The Howard Stern Show.  They went on to win the contest.  Unfortunately, shortly after their success on the Howard Stern show the singer left and the band went their separate ways.

This brief history brings us current and The Afterlight as they are here: Ross Chambers- vocals , Adam Blaylock- bass Chris Nunes- guitar, Jeff Tretta- guitar and Ben McCarthy -drums. These guys come together and bring a lot of experience both as musicians and as well seasoned performers and you can hear that experience on this recording.  Their album Chasing Stars was released this past fall and it is available for free download here: http://www.noisetrade.com/theafterlight  :

The album contains a really cute intro reminiscent of the late 80’s and early 90’s.  It then dives right in with G.F.Y. and I had to take a step back to make sure that I didn’t accidentally change the music.  There was such a professional quality and sound to the song.  Easily compared to Fall Out Boy and Jimmy Eat World.  The album continues to hold your interest with such songs as The Beginning of the End and These Aren’t the Voids You’re Looking For, Move along.  A very radio friendly tune.  The Afterlight is capable of showcasing their softer side as heard in such songs as “Said and Done’ and “End of October”, another radio friendly song.

Unfortunately shortly after releasing “Chasing Stars” Ross had to leave the band for personal reasons.  The Afterlight though continues on as the remaining four musicians are happy to go forward filling in on vocals while they perhaps look for a front-man.  This is similar to a situation that Genesis found themselves in before finally handing the mic and drumsticks to Phil Collins.

The Afterlight does not yet have a website but you can find them in may places on the web.  They are on Facebook as TheAfterlightAZ.  I find Facebook to be a good alternative if you have not yet made a website because it is easy to maintain.

They can also be found on twitter, instagram and YouTube under TheAfterlightAZ.  On YouTube they have their own channel with some interesting videos some from shows, others just video updates. They are also on www. Reverbnation.com/theafterlight

Check them out if you are a fan of alternative and pop punk.  Their sound while a local band is universal.

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