AfterImage (band)

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AfterImage
Origin Philippines
Genres Alternative rock, Pinoy rock, OPM
Years active 1990–2001
2008–present
Associated acts The Dawn
6 Cycle Mind
Past members Wency Cornejo
Bobit Uson
Chuck Isidro
Rogie Callejo
Arnold Cabalza
Niño Mesina

AfterImage is a Filipino alternative rock/pop rock band who was active in the 1990s. They disbanded in 2001 after 11 years as a band, having released three studio albums. After disbanding, Wency Cornejo, the band's vocalist, pursued a solo career. AfterImage was the band behind the commercially popular songs "Habang May Buhay" (While There's Life), "Next in Line", and "Mangarap Ka" (Dream). In 2008, the band reunited and released their fourth studio album.

The band's first album, entitled Touch the Sun, was released in 1992 on Dyna Records (now Dyna Music). Among the eight songs that the album contained, four were released as singles: "Bai (Sa Langit ang Ating Tagpuan)", "Only You", "Next in Line", and "Pagtawid". The title of the album, which was the concluding part of the lyric to "Next in Line", was said to have just been a spontaneous utter of phrase which Cornejo made during the recording session for the said song. The band, having thought that the phrase, "touch the sun" had captured the essence and concept of the entire album, prompted them to use it as the album's title. The recurrent theme of the songs in the album was a personal expression of hopes, frustrations, and self-renewal - which the band hoped to touch not only their own lives but also the lives of other people.[citation needed]

The album is also said to be a celebration of about 4 years of musical experimentation. According to them, "It is quite difficult to put all the songs in the album in one perspective, considering they encompass so many growths the band has undergone."[citation needed]

The band was composed of five members: Bobit Uson on bass guitar, Chuck Isidro on lead guitar, Rogie Callejo on drums, Arnold Cabalza on keyboards and Wency Cornejo on vocals. Francis Reyes (The Dawn) was the former guitarist of this band before Chuck Isidro (6cyclemind).

In 1994 at the height of the first band craze in the Philippine music scene, AfterImage released their second album titled Tag-Ulan, Tag-Araw. The album's name was taken from two singles from the album. "Tag-ulan", the album's carrier single, topped various charts in the Philippines and was awarded a Gold Record Award, and later the follow-up single "Mangarap Ka" also became a great hit for the band. At the 1995 Awit Awards the album was named Album of the Year. A few months after winning the awards, Niño Mesina became the band's newest bassist leading Bobit Uson to play on guitar alongside Chuck Isidro.

In 2001, AfterImage disbanded due to management conflicts.

In 2008, after 7 years of disbandment, the band returned and reunited again for their new album, Our Place Under the Sun from Viva Records, 12 years since their last album in 1996 from Dyna Music (formerly Dyna Records).

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Touch the Sun (1992)
  • Tag-Ulan, Tag-Araw (1994)
  • Bagong Araw (1996)
  • Our Place Under the Sun (2008)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Lites (1995)
  • Greatest Hits (1996)

Singles[edit]

  • "Bai"
  • "Believe"
  • "Brightest Day"
  • "Castaway"
  • "Defenseless"
  • "Extro"
  • "Finding it Hard to Breathe"
  • "Forevermore"
  • "Habang Ako Ay Narito" (While I am Here)
  • "Habang May Buhay" (While There's Life)
  • "Lakas" (Strength)
  • "Mangarap Ka" (Dream)
  • "More Than Life"
  • "Musikero" (Musician)
  • "Next in Line"
  • "Only You"
  • "Our Place Under the Sun"
  • "Pagkat Ika'y Narito" (Because You're Here)
  • "Pagtawid" (Crossing)
  • "Panahon" (Time)
  • "Patalim" (Blade)
  • "Standing By Your Side"
  • "Tag-Araw" (Summer Season)
  • "Tag-Ulan" (Rainy Season)
  • "Without You"
  • "You Made Me Believe"


Awards
Preceded by
New award
NU Rock Awards
Artist of the Year

1994
Succeeded by
Eraserheads