Aftereight

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Aftereight
Also known as afterEIGHT
Origin Sand Springs, Oklahoma, United States
Genres Christian rock, screamo
Years active 2002 (2002)–2008
Labels Tooth & Nail, Yeah Siam
Associated acts Capital Lights
Members Bryson Phillips
Jonathan Williams
Brett Admire
Michael Phillips
Past members Jacob Dement
Andrew Welch
Justin Lamproe
Jay Caudle

Aftereight (often stylized as afterEIGHT) was an American Christian screamo band from Sand Springs, Oklahoma. They released two EPs and one album and achieved some local attention, but became much better known after a series of member changes led to the band being "re-formed" as Capital Lights in 2008.

History[edit]

2002-2006: Formation and self-titled EP[edit]

Aftereight was formed in 2002 with vocalist Jacob Dement, guitarists Justin Lamproe and Brett Admire, drummer Jay Caudle, and future lead vocalist Bryson Phillips on bass. The band was initially only able to practice in a diner where some of the members worked, and only after 8:00 (hence the band name).[1] They released a self-titled EP the following year. Caudle left the band in 2005 and was replaced by Phillips' brother Michael.

2006-2007: Better Late Than Never[edit]

In September 2006, Aftereight released their first full-length album, Better Late Than Never on the independent Yeah Siam Records.[2][3] The following month, the band played alongside several other local bands at a Cain's Ballroom show organized by KMYZ-FM,[4] and December found the band playing at the 2006 Diversafest.[5]

2007-2008:Revival of the Fittest EP and transition to Capital Lights[edit]

At the end of 2006, Dement and Lamproe left the band, resulting in Phillips switching from bass to lead vocals in January 2007 and guitarist Jonathan Williams joining around the same time. [3][6] Phillips later cited these lineup changes as influencing the band's change in sound.[3]

Also in 2007, the band played at the 2007 South by Southwest[7] and supported Disciple at a show in Claremore, Oklahoma.[8] They also released their second EP, Revival of the Fittest EP, and won Best Christian Group at the local Spot Music Awards, beating out Pillar.[9]

After fielding offers from several other labels, including Atlantic Records, Aftereight ultimately signed to Tooth & Nail Records in December 2007.[3][6] They officially changed the band name to Capital Lights the following February, citing Bryson Phillips being the only original member and the drastic change in style, as well as a fear of conflict with Nestlé's After Eight mint brand.[10] Under this name, the band released the Billboard-charting This Is an Outrage! before breaking up in 2009, only to reunite in 2010 with plans to record a second Capital Lights album, Rhythm 'N' Moves.

Musical style and influences[edit]

For much of its duration before the name change, Aftereight was known for a screamo sound that utilized hard rock guitar riffs. In 2007, the band started to gravitate towards the pop punk style they would adopt as Capital Lights.[11][3][12][13][14][15] One of the major reasons for the style change, according to Phillips, was the departure of Jacob Dement and Justin Lamproe and the subsequent addition of Jonathan Williams: "At the same time they left, we were talking to Jonny about joining. We were wanting a big change and had been wanting it for a while, so after they left, that's when we started focusing on a completely different style...I go for more poppy type melodies and stuff, so when I started singing and we got new people in, it started to that and it's something we like a whole lot more."[3] In addition, he felt his voice wasn't "suited for screaming."[6] He also identified the style change as a key factor in the band getting signed to Tooth & Nail, noting that the label had been uninterested in their previous material but started taking steps toward signing them after hear just one song of the band's poppier material.[6][14]

The band also identified themselves as a Christian band. When asked to identify the content of the band's music, Williams responded, "Mostly life situations. We're a Christian band[,] meaning all of the members are Christians and we live according to that[,] but we don't try and force it on anyone. Most of our songs are just about everyday situations and everyday life dealing with relationships and people."[1]

Members[edit]

Final lineup[edit]

  • Bryson Phillips - bass (2002-2007), lead vocals (2007-2008)
  • Jonathan Williams - lead guitar (2007-2008)
  • Brett Admire - guitar (2002-2008)
  • Michael Phillips - drums (2005-2008)

Former[edit]

  • Jacob Dement - lead vocals (2002-2006)
  • Justin Lamproe - guitar (2002-2006)
  • Jay Caudle - drums (2002-2005)
  • Shawn Phillips - bass (2007)

Discography[edit]

Aftereight EP[edit]

Aftereight EP
EP by Aftereight
Released 2003

Aftereight EP is Aftereight's self-titled first recording, released in 2003.[16] No official cover art or tracklist is available. This is the only recording by the band not to feature current drummer Michael Phillips.

Personnel
  • Jacob Dement - vocals
  • Justin Lamproe - guitar
  • Brett Admire - guitar
  • Bryson Phillips - bass
  • Jay Caudle - drums

Better Late Than Never[edit]

Better Late Than Never
Studio album by Aftereight
Released September 1, 2006 (2006-09-01)
Genre Screamo
Label Yeah Siam

Better Late Than Never is Aftereight's debut full-length album, released on September 1, 2007 under the independent Yeah Siam Records. The album is the first recording with Michael Phillips on drums and the last with vocalist Jacob Dement and guitarist Justin Lamproe. Dement and Lamproe's departure mere months later would ultimately lead to the group abandoning the screamo sound heard here for a more pop rock-oriented sound on future releases.[3]

Track listing
  1. "The Only Way to Kill a Ghost" - 3:52
  2. "Falling From a Star" - 3:06
  3. "From a Fall" - 3:28
  4. "Leaving the Pain Behind" - 3:13
  5. "Midnight Sky" - 3:44
  6. "Let Go" - 2:49
  7. "Tick Tock Rock"(instrumental) - 1:10
  8. "Where Did the Music Go? - 3:14
  9. "Coping" - 3:17
  10. "Warrior" - 2:56
  11. "Lights Out" - 3:01
  12. "Something for God" - 2:59
  13. "Chanc" - 4:32
Personnel
  • Jacob Dement - vocals
  • Justin Lamproe - guitar
  • Brett Admire - guitar
  • Bryson Phillips - bass
  • Michael Phillips - drums

Revival of the Fittest EP[edit]

Revival of the Fittest
EP by AfterEight
Released September 18, 2007
Genre Alternative rock, emo, pop punk
Label independent

Revival of the Fittest EP is the second EP by Aftereight, released independently by the band on September 18, 2007. This was the band's last recording under the Aftereight name (they would change it to Capital Lights the following year) and the first to feature Jonathan Williams on guitar and former bassist Bryson Phillips doing lead vocals. Jonathan Francesco of New Release Tuesday later described the EP's sound as "kind of a bridge sound" between the earlier screamo sound and the pop punk sound they would embrace as Capital Lights.[17] The songs "Worth As Much As a Counterfeit Dollar" and "The Night of Your Life is When You Die" would be re-recorded for the first Capital Lights album, This Is an Outrage!. Bryson Phillips later told Tulsa World that he considered this the band's first professional release, stating that they previously "just burned discs to give away and sell at shows. There was nothing professional about it whatsoever."[6]

Track listing
  1. "Now You Can Show...So Show Up" - 3:03
  2. "Lover of the World's War" - 3:59
  3. "Worth As Much As a Counterfeit Dollar" - 3:03
  4. "Spreading Rumors in the South (Homie Don't Play)" - 3:26
  5. "The Night of Your Life is When You Die" - 3:12
  6. "Can I Get An Amen!" - 3:53
Personnel
  • Bryson Phillips - vocals
  • Jonathan Williams - guitar
  • Brett Admire - guitar
  • Michael Phillips - drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "afterEIGHT Interview". Fusain Magazine. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Better Late Than Never". Amazon.com. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Hizer, G.K. (2008-01-09). "Clean Slate - afterEIGHT starts from scratch and scores a big deal". Urban Tulsa Weekly. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Gollihare, Jarrod (2006-10-18). "7+1 - Balloons and Firearms . . . Yeehaw!". Urban Tulsa Weekly. Retrieved 19 June 2012. "...AfterEight, Black Sails, Downcast, Aviyn, No One's Slave, Trip C and Separation From All will all be part of DCF [Concerts] and [Z104.5] The Edge's Infinite Records Showcase on Sat., Oct. 21 at the Cain's Ballroom." 
  5. ^ Hizer, Gary (2006-12-13). "Christmas to the Extreme". Urban Tulsa Weekly. Retrieved 19 June 2012. "The rest of Friday's bill is completed by (in the order of appearance): Cherish the Memory, Separation From All, Edinberg, The University, afterEIGHT..." 
  6. ^ a b c d e Chancellor, Jennifer (2008-02-01). "Signed, sealed, delivered". Tulsa World. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Hizer, Gary (2007-03-07). "Showcase Minded". Urban Tulsa Weekly. Retrieved 28 June 2012. "While I haven't seen a whole lot of Tulsa bands listed on the South By schedule yet, I know that there are a few (like afterEIGHT and The Effects) that will be making the trip to show what they can do at the daytime showcases." 
  8. ^ Hizer, G.K. (2007-09-05). "Who's Got Next?". Urban Tulsa Weekly. Retrieved 28 June 2012. "Sunday night's best bet includes a drive to Claremore for Disciple with afterEight, Crimson Soul and 7th Seal at King of Clubs." 
  9. ^ Chancellor, Jennifer (2007-10-21). "Spot Music Awards given". Tulsa World. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Capital Lights/Aftereight (2008-02-06). "We changed our name!". Myspace. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  11. ^ Hizer, Gary (2007-08-01). "Dfest Revisited". Urban Tulsa Weekly. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  12. ^ Jones, Ewan (August 2008). "Review: This Is An Outrage! - Capital Lights". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  13. ^ Breimeier, Russ. "This Is an Outrage". TheFish.com. Christianity Today. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  14. ^ a b Conner, Matt (July 2008). "New Artist Spotlight: Capital Lights". CCM Magazine. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  15. ^ Tognazzi, Anthony. This Is an Outrage! at AllMusic. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  16. ^ "Capital Lights". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  17. ^ Francesco, Jonathan (May 16, 2010). "The Revival of the Fittest EP". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved 2 July 2012.