After the Anthems

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After the Anthems
After The Anthems - gaming photoshoot.jpg
Left to right: Krys Neerhof, Lee Zavitz, Phil Johnston, and Philip Ciufo
Background information
Origin Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
Genres Pop Rock, Pop Punk
Years active 2006 (2006)–present
Associated acts Unidentified 6
One Way Out
Members Philip Ciufo
Lee Zavitz
Phil Johnston

After the Anthems is a band based in Mississauga Ontario, Canada and originally from Owen Sound.[1] The band formed in October 2006.


Early bands and formation (2000-2006)[edit]

After the Anthems officially formed in October 2006. However, Philip Ciufo, Lee Zavitz, and Phil Johnston have played together in former bands since October 2000. Zavitz met Ciufo in 1999 in their grade 9 year through a common interest of skateboarding and music. They would spend a lot of time at the local skate park and also making music. Johnston knew Zavitz through common friend Dan Curry. When Johnston entered high school in 2000, he was introduced to the two, and was soon recruited as their drummer. A band was formed under the title 6 Days Late which was changed shortly after to Unidentified 6.

The band performed their first show during their junior years at their high school. They played local shows and created four albums of songs collectively titled: Do Humans Look Like Their Pets?, Lights Go Out, Unaware, and Loser, as well as several untitled EPs which they distributed at their high school. The band's title remained Unidentified 6 for four years until 2004 when they changed their name to One Way Out. Up until that time, Zavitz played the bass. After the name change, Tim Stead joined the trio to play bass while Zavitz switched to guitar.

One Way Out released a self-titled album in 2004 and an EP titled Salvage What's Left in 2005.[2] Shortly after the release of their EP the band went on a short tour[3] with John Reuben and also opened for Thousand Foot Krutch, Seventh Day Slumber, and Hawk Nelson. Shortly after, Stead left the band due to complications with the other members. He was replaced by long-time friend Dan Curry who played with the band until March 2006. At this time the four went on hiatus.

This is the Sound (2007)[edit]

In October 2006, Ciufo re-joined with Zavitz and Johnston to officially form After the Anthems. Over the course of 2006 and 2007, the three went on to record This is the Sound which was released in September 2007. In August, Jason Soloduik was added to the lineup to play bass. The band then went on tour throughout North America from October to December at which point Soloduik was removed from the band due to complications with the other members.

On February 24, 2007 the band released a 6-song EP titled "It's DejaVu All over Again".[4] The album contains the cover version of "The Power of Love" as well as 5 new original songs. The Power of Love eventually went to No. 1 on the CT20 in May 2009.[5]

According to their website, After The Anthems is currently back in the studio recording new songs. On April 29, 2010 they released a mashup cover of 3 songs. The song is titled "One time I replayed the empire state of mind" and is a cover of "One Time" by Justin Bieber, "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, and "Replay" by Iyaz. The song was released on a new Facebook application called MuSwap. This was the first song released through MuSwap and went semi-viral receiving over 500 downloads on its first day.[6]

On August 12, 2010 the band announced on their Twitter page that they will be releasing a new full-length album[7]

What if the Astronauts are Lying (2011)[edit]

The band released their newest album on iTunes on February 19, 2011 titled "What if the Astronauts are Lying?". The official release party was held at The Opera House in Toronto. The first single from the album is '1623' and a music video was released via their website in August 2011. This album also marks a change in how the band distributes their music. The entire album is being given away for free via the website Currently, the album has been downloaded over 5000 times. Also, the band has personally released over 5000 hard copies of the album in Ontario, Canada to fans at shows for free.[8]

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]



Track listing for It's Deja Vu All Over Again (2009)

  1. "Before You Go"
  2. "The Power of Love"
  3. "Remember You Now"
  4. "Move On"
  5. "Stronger Faster Stronger"
  6. "This is where I want to be"

Track listing for 3PAC (2008)

  1. "Believe" (Remix)
  2. "This is the Sound" (Remix)
  3. "Don't Let It Get Away" (Remix)


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