The Aftermath (Irish band)

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The Aftermath
Origin Mullingar, Ireland
Genres Mod, new wave, indie rock, pop rock
Years active 2006 – present
Labels Live Transmission Records
Members Johnny Cronin
Justin McNabb
Martin Gray
Ger Eaton
Michael Cronin

The Aftermath are an Irish mod/pop rock[1] band, currently based in Mullingar. They are composed of brothers Johnny (guitar, keys, vocals) and Michael Cronin (drums, percussion, samples, vocals), both of whom are originally from Longford but raised in Leeds,[2] as well as Mullingar guitarist, Justin McNabb and bassist Martin Gray. The Aftermath released their debut album, Friendlier Up Here on 25 April 2008.[3] They have had three singles enter the Irish Singles Chart, all inside the Top 20; "One is Fun/Are You Not?" spent two weeks in the chart and peaked at number eleven, "Hollywood Remake/Need" also spent two weeks in the chart and peaked at number nineteen, whilst latest single "All I Want is For You to Be Happy" spent a week in the chart at number thirteen.[4] All this led to the band being voted at number nine in the "Most Promising for 2007" category in the Hot Press Readers Poll.

The Aftermath have provided support for Razorlight, The Streets, The Mission and The Frames on Irish and European dates.[5] They have played a double-headliner in Whelan's, Dublin with New York outfit Arckid, who feature Liv Tyler’s husband Royston Langdon on bass and lead vocals.[6] Eight weeks of 2006 were spent in BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles's Top Unsigned Bands Chart and they are still the only Irish band to have featured in the Tastemakers Chart.[7] Festival appearances include Electric Picnic, Indie-pendence,[8] Le Chéile and[9] Hard Working Class Heroes.[10] The Aftermath are named after the Cronins favourite album by The Rolling Stones. They are signed to the Live Transmission label.


Debut album[edit]

The Aftermath had two top 20 singles independently by touring Ireland, playing small venues, independent record stores, lunchtime gigs and entertaining the people who bought their record.[citation needed] The band members moved to France to work with Karl and Dave Odlum. Acquaintances from their time touring the UK helped the band - Phil Vinyl (Placebo, Elastica and Pulp) offered producer strokes, Ger McDonald (Travis and U2) performed mixing duties, Steve Wickham of The Waterboys and Damien Rice's cellist Vyvienne Long assisted as did former Anathema bassist, Duncan Patterson and Paul Weller's keyboardist Helen Turner who continues to play live with the band. Words of wisdom were given by the legendary producer Mike Hedges and Irish Jack Lyons, an old associate of The Who and there were contributions from Terry Edwards, well known for working with Tindersticks, whom the band befriended when they supported Gallon Drunk and The Ukrainians.[11] The band have also used fan footage from a free show in Mullingar to create a video for their 2008 single "Northern Lingerie".[12]

2007 bus crash[edit]

The Aftermath were involved in a near-fatal bus crash on 13 July 2007. The crash, which took place on a Friday night, happened just outside the village of Kilbeggan in County Westmeath. All four members of the band and two members of their crew were treated for injuries after the accident. The band were in the middle of an extensive Irish tour at the time in support of their "All I Want For You is to Be Happy" single.

In the aftermath, Johnny Cronin said:

"We thought we were goners, we really thought that this was it - game over. It was like being in a tumble drier - only worse. It¹s a miracle we all made it out alive."[13]


On 3 April 2009, The Aftermath played their first UK show of the year at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds.[14] The show was filmed and later released on DVD.[14] On 1 May 2009, a new single, "Northern Lingerie", was released.[14] The song was remastered by John Davis in London's mastering division of Metropolis Group, Metropolis Mastering.[14] The Aftermath will embark on an Irish tour across May and June 2009.[14] The Aftermath also acted as The Word's house band at Electric Picnic 2009.[15] They performed another Irish tour in late 2009.[16]

Late 2009 saw the release as a single of a cover version of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "The Power of Love", alongside an Irish tour of the West and Midlands regions in late 2009.[17]


They played a series of shows across Ireland in June and July 2010.[18]


The Aftermath discography
Studio albums 1
Singles 3

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
2008 Friendlier Up Here
  • Released: April 25, 2008
  • Label: Live Transmission
  • Formats: CD, Download
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.


Year Title Peak chart position Album
2006 "One Is Fun/Are You Not" 11 Friendlier Up Here
"Hollywood Remake/Need" 19
2007 "All I Want is For You to Be Happy" 13
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.


  1. ^ "At home with... The Aftermath". Hot Press. 2008-09-22. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  2. ^ "The Aftermath for HMV live session". Hot Press. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  3. ^ "The Aftermath release debut album". Hot Press. 2008-04-14. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  4. ^ Insert ARTIST (Aftermath) or SONG TITLE in capitals
  5. ^ The Aftermath at Outersounds
  6. ^ "The Aftermath announce special guests". Hot Press. 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  7. ^ "The Aftermath - Debut Release". IMRO. 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2008-10-11. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Gemma Hayes, Giveamanakick for Indie-Pendence '08". Hot Press. 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  9. ^ "Cathy Davey, Republic Of Loose for Le Cheile". Hot Press. 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  10. ^ "Hard Working Class Heroes announce full line-up". Hot Press. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  11. ^ "You do the 'math". Hot Press. 2006-09-01. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  12. ^ "The Aftermath to play Free Gig In Mullingar". Hot Press. 2006-06-10. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  13. ^ "The Aftermath in near-fatal bus crash". 2007-07-16. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  14. ^ a b c d e "The aftermath are back". Hot Press. 2009-04-02. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
  15. ^ "Electric Picnic MindField details announced". Hot Press. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  16. ^ "The Aftermath announce tour + Only Ones support". Hot Press. 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2009-11-13. 
  17. ^ "Aftermath single and post-Christmas tour". Hot Press. 2009-12-16. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  18. ^ "The Aftermath announce Irish summer shows". Hot Press. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
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