-Interview- Aftermath (1/15/12)

(From The Depths Entertainment)

Genre: Post hardcore
Interviewed on: 1/15/12
From: Methuen, MA
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1. How did you guys get together and form? Who thought of the name “Aftermath”?

Zach and Mike started talking through their mutual friend Matt. Zach could scream and Mike could sing and play guitar. It all started escalating from there. Xavier's pretty famous for drumming around Methuen and Justin, Zach and X all went to the same grade school and started talking about the band. Will has played bass for eight years and co-founds our clothing sponsor, Justice in Eyre. We had lost our bassist around the same time that his other band went on hiatus. Aftermath was then complete. The name is pretty simple. We were all hanging, thinking of possible names and Mike thought of Aftermath. Not too big of a story. Haha, but then Aftermath began.

2. The new song “Perspectives” features Bobby Spence of Dead Ocean. How did you hook up with him and when can we expect the new EP?

We actually recorded our first EP with Bryce Kariger, their lead guitarist. So, in doing that, we had connections with Dead Ocean. We are actually working on a full-length album, and we expect it to hopefully be done by the summer.

3. The influence you have listed is “God” on your Facebook. Are you a Christian band? Does that ever become problematic for potential listeners?

No, we don't really try to preach to our listeners. We sing about our beliefs and give a positive outlook to potential listeners. We don't have problems with them though.

4. How does the writing process within the band occur?

Our music has a new feel depending on what we are listening to at the time. We all get together and write the parts on a basic scale. Along the way we make changes to perfect it. Finally, the lyrics come together as the song is finishing.

5. With heavy hitters like Killswitch Engage and Hatebreed both coming from MA. What’s the music scene like there in MA recently?

It sucks. Honestly, the people from MA are really judgemental, and if you don't sound like the big-hitters, you suck. "Generic", as most would say.

6. You guys had a show with InArmistice and Life On Standby this Saturday. Any good show stories?

So an old story: We used to have two front men, Zach and one other. At the Summer Breakdown in June, the other vocalist was trying to act tough, and he ended up punching himself in the face with the mic. Giving himself a bloody nose.
One of our newer stories: Will's audition for the band was playing at a small show in New Hampshire. The Venue had built boxes on the front of the stage for the band to jump off of, and one of the opening acts frontman decided to stand on his box while we were playing. Will in an attempt to get him out of the way punched him in the face and threw him into the pit.

7. What’s your take on music downloading?

As long as your supporting the band in some way, through merch, or coming to shows, we don't mind if you steal the music.

8. Who are three artists you’d love to tour with?

Three bands we'd like to tour with would have to be: Spies Like Us, Texas in July, and Dead Ocean

9. How would you describe your live show?

ABSOLUTE MADNESS. Lately, alot more energetic. We try to get the crowd involved as much as possible and we love our fans. Especially with all the new places we've been playing and going to play at in the near future.

10. What’s next for Aftermath?

We're writing for the new CD and working on a tour for the summer.

11. Any shoutouts?

We'd like to give shout-outs to our best buds in Spies Like Us, Silent Stories, and Dead Ocean. Definitely Justice in Eyre. Christian Napolitano. Our loving fans who have been there since the very start and all of our new ones. Our new sponsors from Black Market Custom. And last but certainly not least:
George Bush
Biggie Smalls
Tila Tequila
Insane Clown Posse (Fuckin' Magnets.... How do they work?)