Here comes The After Party, a pop rocking band from Kansas who are really beginning to make a name for themselves all across the nation. The After Party recently dashed across the country in support of Allstar Weekend, gaining a good deal of fans and friends along the way. About to embark on The Boys Of Summer Tour with Hollywood Ending, there is no stopping the good times and wildly infectious tunes! We recently had a chance to interview one of The After Party members to find out more about their brand new Kansas EP, life on the road, music tastes, and a whole lot more. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in The After Party, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Alan Bell, and I play drums for The After Party. The band has been together for two and a half years.
Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Do you have any local bands you could recommend?
The After Party is based out of small mid-western town Manhattan, Kansas . There’s not much of a music scene where we come from, unfortunately. There are a few local bar bands and jam projects, but no real up and coming up young bands who are pursuing music is a career.
What made you decide to call your album Kansas ?
For the longest time we’ve tried to hide the fact that we’re from a small no name town in Kansas, but we’ve finally realized that that’s what makes us who we are and it’s something to be proud of. We felt that naming our album Kansas would be a good representation of our new found pride in our roots.
Who produced Kansas and what was it like working with them?
We worked with a few different producers on this album, including Zack Odom, Kenneth Mount, Linus Dotson, Aaron Accetta, and Shep Goodman. We loved working with all of the guys involved, each one brought their own personal touch that really helped to make the album what it is.
Where did the photo for the cover of Kansas come from?
Funny enough, we actually shot the album cover photo while we were out in LA. We wanted to kind of put a modern day twist on the Dorothy and Toto theme from the Wizard of Oz. The puppy in the photo is actually our manager’s dog, Lela. She finally got her chance to be in the spotlight!
Select any two songs from Kansas and what inspired the lyrics?
Two of my personal favorite songs from the album are Here Comes The Rain and A Better Me. Here Comes The Rain is actually the story of my parent’s divorce and how it affected my entire family. There are a lot of kids out there who have experienced, or are currently going through a divorce in their family. We wanted to put our story out there to show them that they aren’t alone and that there is hope for a happy future. A Better Me is a song about self empowerment; it describes that moment when you stop trying to please others and start living for yourself and being who you want to be.
What could one expect from a live The After Party show?
Expect to have the time of your life! We are all about having fun on stage and not taking ourselves too seriously, there’s a lot of joking around with each other and crowd interaction. We also love to come out after the show and meet all of our fans!
If you could open up for any band either current or who has ever existed, what band would that be and why?
Definitely The Beatles, in my opinion the greatest band of all time. It would be an honor to be able to meet any one of them, let alone share the stage with them!
How did the tour with Allstar Weekend go and what were some of the highlights?
The tour with Allstar Weekend was incredible! All of the shows were a blast and we met tons of new fans in areas that we had never played in before. Some of the highlights for me were finally getting to play shows in Canada , and the fact that all of the bands were super tight with each other. We got to hang out with our best friends all day every day for two months straight, it was a blast!
Do you have any strange or scary stories from the road that you could share
We’ve had a few scary experiences on the road, probably the most scary being a wreck that we had during the Allstar Weekend tour. It was 4 am and we had already pulled an all night drive the night before, so we were all pretty tired. Five miles away from where we were stopping for the night Andy fell asleep at the wheel for just a split second and we went off of the road into the ditch. Luckily we were going only about 20 mph and the guard rail kept our van from flipping entirely over, but it still freaked us all out super bad… and cost us a pretty penny to get the van repaired.
If the music of The After Party was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
It would be a good old fashioned glazed donut, simple yet delicious.
Which member of The After Party would be most likely to jam Slayer or some other crazy metal entity in your van?
Definitely our lead singer Brandon. Not that any of us are huge metal fans, but you never know what he’s going to pump through the speakers. He listens to every type of music under the sun.
And which member in the band has the most unusual taste in music?
Again, definitely Brandon . I don’t know where that kid finds his music!
What would you like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
I’d love for them to remember the hooks and melodies and hopefully walk away with a new favorite song, but if at the least they get a positive message out of it and it puts a smile on their face I’ll be more than happy!
Any final words of wisdom?
Don’t be afraid to be yourself, that’s the best kind of you there is!
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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