*In this series we pose the age old questions to a wide array of music lovers. As fans of music most of us keep a mental list of active bands we want to see live that we haven’t yet seen. The Bucketlist brings to you those lists of your favorite artists and why those bands mean so much to them*
Howdie?! It’s been really long since I published any piece here, but I have a breather now. Anyways, so here we are back again with another piece of bucketlist. Today we have a promising up and coming new rock band along the lines of pop punk, AFTER THE CALM from Phoenix, Arizona. Formed in 2014, the band consists of five members. Kody Rattler (Drums), David Nuñez (Guitar), and Henry Cota Jr.(Bass). Jonathan Habermacher (Guitar) joined the band shortly after the initial meeting. The search for a singer was long, but with the luck of a Craigslist ad, the band had added Logan Miracle (Vocals) as the final piece to their puzzle.
Two years into their existence, and in October of 2016, they released their very first EP, ‘Ignis Fatuus‘. Their on-stage energy and crowd engagement lead them to opening for international acts such as I SEE STARS, I PREVAIL, and WATERPARKS. Their sound and hard work earned them a slot on the final Van’s Warped Tour 18’ in Arizona. Aside from playing shows, the band has worked on giving back to their community by raising money for the Arizona Humane Society through various fundraisers.
Their influences range from SYSTEM OF A DOWN to BLINK-182; their sound is often compared to A DAY TO REMEMBER and FOUR YEAR STRONG. Now that you’ve known a little bit about them, let’s not waste much time and get into the real deal.
- METAL NEXUS : As a touring band/musician you get the chance to see a lot of bands up close and personal. A luxury not everyone has. A lot of music lovers keep a “Bucketlist” of bands that we want to see perform live.
What are the top active bands you would like to see live and why?
Henry Cota: “Metallica, some of the first songs I learned how play was from Metallica, would be incredible to see them performed in person. The Police– 3 man act where the lead singer is the lead vocalist, that is rare in today’s music. Great vocals and musicianship. Sum 41– They do it all. Play fast, rock, punk, ballads. One of my biggest influences and we cover a couple of their songs.”
Jonathan Habermacher: “I have seen a lot of the bands I’ve wanted to already but some that I haven’t seen and would like to is Red Hot Chili Peppers, Greta Van Fleet, Nothing More, and Korn. I grew up listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers so I know almost every song and it would remind me a lot of my teen years. Greta Van Fleet has such a unique sound and I have heard they are perfect sounding live so it would be great to see top-notch musicians that are also really young as well. Nothing More has these lyrics that really get to you and I think it would be interesting to see how their songs sound live. Korn because they were really big in high school and I listened to them a lot. I’ve heard they also have insane displays for their live shows and really entertain people.”
Kody Rattler: “Avenged Sevenfold, Twenty-One Pilots, The Story So Far, Knuckle Puck, and Waterparks. These bands are a few of my favorite bands, some bigger than others. My order is based on show performance and how much I would appreciate to see the musicianship up close and personal. I’ve seen all of these bands live, but to be side stage would be a whole different level.”
David Nunez: “Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Green Day, and Radiohead. These are people that I have grown up listening to and have created huge impact on my music tastes. Now I hear they all put on amazing shows that can change your life.”
Logan Miracle: “I have tons of different artists i’d love to see live. I’m basing it off not age or genre so it’ll be diverse. Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Charlie Puth, Foo Fighters, Good Charlotte, Kendrick Lamar, The Ghost Inside. And I know there are tons more that I can’t think of but those are the top ones.“
There you go, those were the bands that AFTER THE CALM still has to tick off their bucketlist and we sure hope they do it pretty quick. Tell us which bands you like featured on this edition of bucketlist. Also, AFTER THE CALM has a new song already out, it’s called, “Stuck On Repeat“. Directed by Jacob Reynolds(SLAVES, DEAD RABBITTS), “Stuck on Repeat” is the band’s 3rd single released in 2018 produced by Matt Good (ASKING ALEXANDRIA, THE WORD ALIVE).
Here’s what the band had to say about the new tune,
“This single is our strongest of the three songs that we wanted to release this year. We believe ‘Stuck On Repeat’ is the best representation of how our song writing has evolved over time; “All killer and no filler” has been a reoccurring response we’ve received from industry professionals.
This single was brought to it’s fullest potential with the help of producer Matt Good (From First to Last). He has a way of bringing out the best in you while making the recording process an enjoyable experience.
Although it’s message is serious in tone, the song is catchy and will have you jumping to the beat.” – AFTER THE CALM
Now as you jam to this amazing new track, don’t forget to catch AFTER THE CALM live as they will be performing at the Arizona Humane Society Benefit Show in Scottsdale, AZ on November 10, 2018.