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The Aftermath Announce New Single and Irish Tour Plans.

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , on June 23, 2010 by Tickets There

Mullingar, Leeds and Longford’s finest, The Aftermath are coming back. The band are currently holed up in various studios finishing the mastering and recording of their second, as of yet untitled second album and will be hitting Irish stages for dates in Offaly, Donegal, Cork, Dublin and Mullingar this summer.

On top of this, the band have announced that the first single from the new album, Lost Possession will be released in early August and Tickets There cannot wait. Hopefully they’ll stick it into the summer set-lists and give us a preview.

The Full list of dates can be viewed below.

Saturday June 26 – Astral Planes Festival, Birr Castle, Birr, Co Offaly.
Saturday June 26 – The Sea Sessions, Bundoran, Co Donegal.
Sunday June 27 – The Crane Lane Theater, Cork City.
Friday July 2 – Phantom First Friday, The Academy, Dublin
Friday July 30 – One Night Stand, The Equestrian Centre, Mullingar.

The Aftermath Start Recording Second Album

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , on October 17, 2009 by Tickets There

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Tickets There’s favourite pop rock Irish combo, The Aftermath are heading into their brand new studio and starting work on the follow up to last years excellent, Friendlier Up Here album.

Both lead singer Johnny Cronin and drummer Michael Cronin confirmed the band are to start recording their second album this week in Mullingar. Hopefully we’ll hear more about the record in the coming weeks.

Tickets There would like to wish the band the best of luck!!

Tickets There HY GIY?: The Aftermath – Friendlier Up Here

Posted in Album Review, Hy-Giy, Music with tags , , , , , on August 17, 2009 by Tickets There

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I May have been a bit harsh on this new series, maybe it’ll work and here to help me road test its second outing is The Aftermath and their debut album Friendlier Up Here.  This is one of those albums I’m very surprised Tickets There hasn’t found a way to review before but first, a little bit of background.

Hailing from the fine towns of Longford, Leeds and Mullingar, The Aftermath have been working overtime for the last few years gigging every single chance they get in order to make a name for themselves. Their live performance is always fantastic and the Johnny Cronin is every bit a classic rock front man. Thankfully the band don’t sulk and stare down when on stage and they also don’t hide behind a pile of hats, masks, gimmick’s or any of the other shite most Irish bands try. It’s just them and the music and that’s all you need folks. Friendlier Up Here was released last year and has received a massive load of critical success. Unfortunately The Aftermath are one of those Irish bands that RTE scouts haven’t picked up yet (may your heads be struck from your shoulders) and this is one of the reasons the band haven’t achieved the commercial success they truly deserve.

Opening with the infectiously catchy Are You Not Wanting Me Yet?, the band explode into a semi-psychedelic/Beatles driven kind of sound that comes nicely packaged as a heavy, upbeat array of sounds. Really, really, really catchy. I Wish My Love Would Die is a strange choice for a second song after such a full on opener…but it works, works so well in fact that the massive difference in sounds highlights each other qualities and the bands ability to diversify their talent rather than play on one strength. Northern Lingerie is pure pop-rock at its finest. Another dance floor filling, slightly psychedelic riff’s played by a rock guitarist (of you catch my drift. Imagine Oasis playing The Velvet Underground). Nice, slow and once again, extremely catchy. All I Want For You Is To be Happy is one of the bands lead singles and a firm fan favorite. It’s a little slower than their other dancy songs and it’s just a lovely piece of music, probably because it’s clean cut and believable. There’s no bitches or bling bling. There’s also no decaying rats are antichrist mentions but it’s also not The Script.

Another single One is Fun is probably the bands best live track. Really upbeat, really melodic and full of crackin’ beats and changes. (Yes I’m rushing through this because my MP3 is about to die and I want to listen to each track while I’m writing about it). Overlooking Paris is the bands strongest love song. The style and tones are completely different to everything else on the album and the added accordion and string backing makes it all the more special. Haunting would be the best way to describe the atmosphere for this one. Up and Down with the Aftermath is a nice, short instrumental  that leads into another heavy number, Need. Really fast guitars and drums and a great hark back to the days of Brit-pop.  There’s a Darkness is another one of the albums strongest tracks and by this time you start to wonder how the hell this album hasn’t made it to number one? Hollywood Remake, Joyful Mystery, Tickets There’s personal favorite Six Days to Saturday and Song of a Graveyard follow  and expand the albums incredible stock pile of tracks.

If you haven’t bought it already, go and get it now.