The Afterglow

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The Afterglow are: 
 
Front man/Bassist: Dave Timson
Piano/Guitar: Mik Lennard
Drummer: Alex Cherry
 
Following a handful of unoffical EPs released in the early 2000's, The Afterglow signed recording contracts in Italy and the UK (both home bases) and a deal with EMI Music Publishing. The stage was set. 'Modern Life Virus' and 'Love's the Cure' EPs (Silent Revolution Records / EMI) were released and the first single 'Journey' received radio airplay across Italy. Second single 'Love' had further spins, this time across the UK, USA and Australia, with TV channels joining in to help launch the band ahead of their much anticipated debut album. 
 
'Decalogue of Modern Life' (Silent Revolution Records / EMI) was produced in 2006 by Grammy Award winner Steve Orchard in London's Markangelo Studios and mastered by Kevin Metcalfe. The album established the band as an indie' international rock’n’roll act to be watched. Singles won rotation with a number of prominent radio stations around the world and touring Italy and the UK became regular events, including a 'hat trick' on the main stage at the Hub Festival in Liverpool - '05, '06 and '07. Despite a big investment by their labels and universal acclaim, the album suffered poor sales. The band took a break and stopped rehearsing/recording for several months.
 
However, The Afterglow had a renaissance in 2009 with their second album 'Sorry'(Doublemind / EMI). As with the first full length (also engineered by Dario Ravelli), the LP received immediate attention from several radio networks in the UK (XFM and BBC6 Music) and in Italy, where the hit single 'Before The Afternoon' was played by Virgin Radio throughout the entire Summer - May to September - topping its chart. The band got back on stage and played a 49 date tour in UK, Italy and Benelux, including performing at an acoustic evening shared with The Editors on MTV's Qoob TV channel.
 
'Sorry' European Tour Videos
Part 1 - 'Merry Go Round'
Part 2 - 'Your Heart Plastic Skin'
 
Singles in 2012 'I Still Go' (celebrated with a viral video made from edited clips sent by fans from all over the world) and 'X-Song' followed suit with the 2014 EP release 'Pills, Parents and Pigs' (Ethnoworld) detailing a difficult childhood from front man Dave Timson. All were mixed and produced by Steve Orchard at Smokehouse Studios in London.
 
YouTube: 'I Still Go' / 'Tommy'
 
For their third album release 'Strong Words Softly Spoken' The Afterglow worked with arranger, producer and mentor Marco Cimino (Officina Sonora Studios). This record being different from the previous ones in that, a string quartet plus other classical musicians were involved in the recordings, giving the sessions a 'Beatle-esque' atmosphere.

Indeed, The Afterglow story legitimises the band as one of the most interesting, underrated rock bands this century - 'A terrific, highly talented, pop–rock band' as BBC6 Music simply and insightfully defined them. The story thus continues..
 
 
MODERN LIFE VIRUS E.P. (2004)
LOVE'S THE CURE E.P. (2005)
DECALOGUE OF MODERN LIFE (2006)
SORRY. (2009)

THE STORY OF THE AFTERGLOW

The origins.

Dave Timson and Mik Lennard first met to play together during summer of 1998 in a rehearsal studio in the neighbourhood of their hometown Turin, in northern Italy. At the time both were involved in other musical projects, but each of the bands they were playing for missed at least one member, and all in all didn’t seem able to go anywhere. 

That’s why one warm day Dave and his long time fellow Davide Valle (later creator and director of good part on The Afterglow’s videoclips, and at the time guitarist into Dave’s band) decided to publish an announcement on some local newspapers, aiming to get a drummer and maybe another guitarist. Nothing more common, nothing more usual among young bands. And nobody but one keyboard player named Mik answered the announcement. That’s how on July 14th that year, The Afterglow were born.

1998-2003 Getting hard shoulders – Unofficial Eps.

That new band immediately seemed to be somehow special. Not more than a dozen of good covers done and they started writing new stuff. They finally involved a cool drummer, Paolo Medda, and tried a number of other musicians in order to complete their lineup.

The Afterglow immediately showed a sparkle, something special, in their songwriting, and thanks to the attention of a few local music operators, they roughly recorded and released a number of unofficial Eps, containing, among the others, some songs that they still love to play during their gigs.

They played, played, played, and wrote wrote wrote, and recorded recorded recorded. And learnt, learnt, learnt. At the beginning of 2003, after Paolo’s leaving, Mik and Dave involved a new drummer, Alex Cherry, who was at the time playing in some punk rock and hardcore acts around Turin and who became the definitive band’s drummer. The Afterglow, after Davide Valle started following his filmmaker’s commitments, first settled as a trio.

At the end of the same year, one of their Eps got into the hands of Valerio L. Meletti, owner of an independent record label in Milan and man of highly open mind and wide ambitions. The man was deeply hit by the band’s songs and offered them to sign their first recording deal, setting that The Afterglow had to enter studios to make their first professional record at the beginning of the very next year.

2004-2005 Show me the way to the sun – The official Eps.

Valerio, who meantime decided to ask the band to be their personal manager too, thought to increase the band’s popularity on the local scene and to start preparing their international debut through the release of a couple of Eps, in which the band condensed some of their most beautiful songs of that time and tried to show the world what they were capable of.

That’s how first “Modern Life Virus” (also called the white Ep) in 2004 and then “Love’s The Cure” (the black Ep) in 2005, were born.

Despite Valerio’s high faith in the guys’ talent what happened after these records’ release left him and everyone in the band’s entourage quite astonished.

“Journey”, the first single taken from the white Ep and their first single ever, reached a number of plays on some of the most important radio networks in Italy, its videoclip being airplayed on MTV, and the whole Ep made the band to be noticed by EMI Publishing in United Kingdom, i.e. the historic major label of the country that seemed to be the natural environment for their career and future.

The black Ep and its hit single “Love” were so released after signing to EMI in London, during summer 2005, launching the band towards their debut album.

2006 - 2007 What this world is made of – “Decalogue Of Modern Life”.

Valerio and the band meant to do something special while preparing the band’s debut on the international scene.

That’s why the manager thought to ask one of UK’s best known producers, Steve Orchard, to lay a hand on the band’s record. The guys were at the time recording their new tracks at Suonovivo Studios in Bergamo, with experienced and talented engineer Dario Ravelli, who had been successfully working with the band since their white Ep in 2004.

Not so obviously for an emerging band, Orchard accepted to work on the record, and the band took their flight to London, to get to Markangelo Studios, in February 2006.

“Decalogue Of Modern Life”, the debut record with which the band aimed to establish themselves as a credible, concrete, international rock’n’roll act and as a potentially iconic band, was on its way.

The couple of years following showed the band what being a professional musician means, having them on rotation on a number of radios all over Europe, US and even Australia. The band kept touring widely through the UK to spread their name among rock’n’roll lovers; and The Afterglow, well worth mentioning, have been the only band in Europe to make a “hat trick” playing main stage for three consecutive times (between 2005 and 2007) at the Hub Festival in Liverpool, which has been concluded by Sir Paul McCartney in 2008 celebrating the City of Liverpool as European Capital Of Culture.

2007 - 2008 Winds of separation. The big chill out.

Despite the acclamation quite universally got by the record on radios and magazines the band had to face what music business crisis meant in its worst blast. The numbers didn’t follow the words, and after a big investment by their label and EMI, The Afterglow suffered poor sales for their album, and as many other mainstream bands were substantially defeated by illegal downloads. 

The tension, tiredness and pressure accumulated during the last 4 years presented their bill, finding the guys rather downhearted. The band unexpectedly took a break, stopped rehearsing and recording for a while, and there were times when the wind of separation blew strong. Asked by an interviewer about that year, year and a half, the guys later declared they were total lack of spirit, strenght and inspiration.

2009 - 2010 The renaissance i.e. Music is stronger – “Sorry.”

After the big chill out had taken the band far away from themselves for several months, the sun came back shining, and The Afterglow showed everyone that they may have many shortcomings but they’re made of tough, quality raw material.

The way Music fills up their lives made them look for each other once again at the end of summer 2008, as if there was something inevitable they had to do together, again. They had so many songs, written even in those hard months of separation, and the will and urge to keep being the Music beauty they had been in the last 10 years, whatever this may mean or cost.

In this mood “Sorry.”, their second Lp, came to light. Despite the grandeur that surrounded “Decalogue” and its gigantic ambitions, many of their fans and music business professionals still think this record is even better, containing some of the deepest, more emotional tracks of the band’s repertoire.

“Sorry.”, recorded once again with their friend engineer Dario Ravelli,  is the way the band started again, and results, in terms of airplays and reviews, didn’t fail to come. Even if the band decided to avoid any form of press promotion of the record, as they meant this record to be The Afterglow’s music at its purest, disinterested expression, the Lp got immediate attention by several radio network in UK (XFm and BBC6 among the others) and in Italy, where the hit single “Before The Afternoon” got airplayed on Virgin Radio for something like four consecutive months, between May and September 2009.

The band got back on stage too, and between 2009 and 2010 played a 49 dates tour in UK, Italy and Benelux, and asked Alberto Garau, a talented guitarist who already played with the band for a short period in their early days, to come aboard and add his sounds to the band’s soundwall.

2011 Fooling around. The side project.

During the second half of 2010, following the big satisfactions brought by “Sorry.” and its wide European tour, the band started thinking about doing something musically and conceptually different during the next year. Something that had to celebrate the emancipation from what had meanwhile become the “mainstream cage”, as the band felt the indie music environment was now much closer to their personal mood and, seen the collapse of record industry, to the chances of keeping expressing themselves in the future.

That’s how they gave life to a side-project named Adam Frei, under the name of which, at the end of 2011, they released for Seahorse Recordings/New Model Label an indie rock Lp titled “Empty Music Industry”, through which they fully expressed all their skills as musicians and performers. The album was recorded in a studio live session by Dario Ravelli, and though the band later decided not to continue with Adam Frei’s experience, it has been loved by a good number of indie rock passionates.

Right after the release of the album and a few live appearances, Alberto Garau and the band decided to stop their partnership and to take different roads, which, for the guys, meant getting back to a trio line-up and to new afterglow material.

2012 – 2014 What are we here for? The singles – “Pills, Parents & Pigs”.

2012 sees The Afterglow back to studios “as themselves”, and starts getting back to London, Smokehouse Studios this time, and working with Steve Orchard. The band’s current aim is to put down in the best possible way some singles they have written during the last years and that they feel may show their public how fit and strong their Music still is. The band and their manager Valerio chose to get back to the Ep format because this record wished to be nothing but the collection of a hail of hit singles, all linked together by the connection to their difficult childhood, especially Dave’s, who signs this time most of the tracks, and to the simple, clear beauty of their songwriting.

This is how songs as “I Still Go”, “X-Song” (which Virgin Radio Italy chose as The Rocket, i.e. most beautiful track of the week, in April 2013), and right after “You’ve Been Great” or “Tommy” saw the light.

All the tracks were produced by Steve Orchard, and 5 videoclips followed the release of 5 out of 6 of the tracks included in the Ep, giving back the band a huge spray of their past popularity, and getting them a number of new fans and admirers. The band get back to radio airplays in UK as well, and legitimised themselves as one of most interesting, underrated but wealthy rock bands on the continent. “An incredibly good, highly talented, pop–rock band”, as BBC6 had the kindness to define them a few years before.

2015 Grown up boys i.e. Music flies higher - “Strong Words Softly Spoken”.

The Afterglow are currently into studios again, working to a new full-length record with producer/arranger and mentor Marco Cimino, in Turin. 

Provisionally (or maybe definitively?) titled “Strong Words Softly Spoken” this record is announced to be completely different from all the previous ones, and will collect not less than 12 new songs, showing, following the band’s words, “what we’ve been waited to be ready and worthy to do for a long time, and what we’ve been wanting to do for a long time”. Not much more is allowed to know by now, but the album is due to be out within summer this year and further news are coming.

THE AFTERGLOW GIGS ('tili 2012)

 

NOV 24, 2012 - H. 22:00 – LA BUDINERIA IRISH PUB "ACOUSTIC NIGHT" 

MILAN, ITALY 

 

SEP 9, 2012 - H. 22:00 – MISCELA ROCK FESTIVAL X

STRAMBINO (TO), ITALY

 

MAY 18, 2012 – H. 22:00 – CAFFE’ DEL PROGRESSO

TORINO, ITALY

 

APR 13, 2012 - H. 22:00 – IRISH PUB “LA BUDINERIA”

MILANO, ITALY

 

APR 12, 2012 - H. 22:00 – SPAZIO AURORA

ROZZANO (MI), ITALY


MARCH 24, 2012 - H. 22:00 – C/O SERMIG “THE AFTERGLOW LIVE FOR FAI – FONDO AMBIENTE ITALIANO” 

TORINO, ITALY

 

OCT 8, 2010 - H. 22:00 - EAST END

MILANO, ITALY

 

JUL 23, 2010 - H. 22:00 - PARCO DEL VALENTINO

TORINO, ITALY

 

JUN 19, 2010 - H. 22:00 - “SUMMER FESTIVAL”

MAZZE’, ITALY

 

MAY 29, 2010 - H. 22:00 – LAPSUS

TORINO, ITALY

 

FEB 19, 2010 - H. 22:00 - EAST END

MILANO, ITALY

 

DEC 19, 2009 - H. 22:00 - LAPSUS

TORINO, ITALY

 

DEC 06, 2009 - H. 21:00 - CLASSIC GRAND

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM

 

DEC 05, 2009 - H. 21:00 - WHISTLEBINKIES

EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM

 

DEC 04, 2009 - H. 21:00 - SNOOTY FOX

WAKEFIELD/LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM

 

NOV 28, 2009 - H. 22:00 - OFFICINE SONORE

VERCELLI, ITALY

 

NOV 6, 2009 - H. 22:00 - EAST END

MILANO, ITALY

 

OCT 11, 2009 - H. 21:30 - KELLY’S

ANTWERP, BELGIUM

 

OCT 10, 2009 - H. 21:30 - BEURSSCHOUWBURG

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

 

OCT 09, 2009 - H. 21:00 – LAPIOLA

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

 

SEPT 5, 2009 – MISCELA ROCK FESTIVAL

ROMANO CANAVESE (TO), ITALY

 

MAY 29, 2009 – H. 18.00 – BAR MAGENTA

MILANO, ITALY

 

MAY 23, 2009 – H. 22.00 – THE BEACH

TORINO, ITALY

 

MAY 22, 2009 – H. 21.00 – CAFE’ DES ARTS

TORINO, ITALY

 

MAY 22, 2009 – H. 17.00 – FNAC, LE GRU

GRUGLIASCO, ITALY

 

MAY 15, 2009 – H. 21.00 – SPRING FESTIVAL

SANTENA, CANCELLED/POSTPONED ITALY

 

MAY 11, 2009 – H. 21.00 – SNOOTY FOX

WAKEFIELD/LEEDS, UK

 

MAY 10, 2009 – H. 21.00 – HALTBAR

GLASGOW, UK

 

MAY 9, 2009 – H. 21.00 – B2

NORWICH, UK

 

MAY 8, 2009 – H. 21.00 – CAVERN

LIVERPOOL, UK

 

MAY 7, 2009 – H. 21.00 – THE FLY

LONDON, UK

 

APRIL 18, 2009 – H. 22.00 – FLUIDO “Il Salotto di Mao”

TORINO, ITALY

 

APRIL 10, 2009 – H. 22.00 – OFFICINE SONORE

VERCELLI, ITALY

 

APRIL 1, 2009 – H. 23.00 – BARBILLAR

TURIN, ITALY

 

NOVEMBER 7, 2008 – H. 22.00 – OFFICINE SONORE

VERCELLI, ITALY

 

JULY 19, 2007 – H. 20.00 – FUORI TUTTI FESTIVAL

SETTIMO TORINESE, ITALY

 

JULY 15, 2007 – H. 14.00 – HUB FESTIVAL 2007 – MAIN STAGE

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM

 

MAY 25, 2007 – H. 22.00 – HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR

"THE AFTERGLOW FEAT. SONIA SCHIAVONE" – UMPLUGGED

TURIN ITALY

 

MAY 19, 2007 – H. 22.00 – PATIO CLUB – HIGH SCHOOL PARTY

TURIN ITALY

 

MAY 3, 2007 – H. 23.00 – THE AFTERGLOW + EDITORS LIVE AT QOOB TV - MTV STUDIOS

MILAN ITALY

 

APRIL 29, 2007 – H. 15.30 + 22.00

LIVE AT TRENTO FILM FESTIVAL + “QUELLI CHE IL CALCIO” RAI 2

TRENTO ITALY

 

APRIL 21, 2007 – H. 22.00 – TEATRO GONZAGA

OSTIANO (CR) ITALY

 

APRIL 20, 2007 – H. 22.00 – HYDE PARK CORNER

INVITATION PARTY

LONDON UNITED KINGDOM

 

APRIL 14, 2007 – 22.00 – OFFICINE SONORE

DAVE TIMSON + PARK AVENUE IN CONCERT

VERCELLI ITALY

 

APRIL 13, 2007 – 22.00 – BARRIO’S

MILAN ITALY

 

MARCH 18, 2007 – 22.00 – CIRCOLO DEGLI ARTISTI

ROME ITALY

 

MARCH 2, 2007 – H. 14.00 – ROCK TV – GUESTS AT DATABASE

SKY TV STUDIOS

MILAN ITALY

 

NOVEMBER 23, 2006 – H. 22.00 - HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR

OFFICIAL ITALIAN RELEASE “DECALOGUE OF MODERN LIFE”

TURIN ITALY

 

NOVEMBER 18, 2006 – H. 22.00 – PURPLE TURTLE – CAMDEN TOWN

OFFICIAL UK RELEASE “DECALOGUE OF MODERN LIFE”

LONDON UNITED KINGDOM

 

SEPTEMBER 27, 2006 – H. 22.00 – BORDERLINE

LONDON UNITED KINGDOM

 

SEPTEMBER 14, 2006 – H. 22.00 – HOPE AND ANCHOR

LONDON UNITED KINGDOM

 

JULY 23, 2006 – H. 22.30 – KOROVA

LIVERPOOL UNITED KINGDOM

 

JULY 23, 2006 – H. 18.00 – HUB FESTIVAL 2006 – MAIN STAGE

LIVERPOOL UNITED KINGDOM

 

JULY 21, 2006 – H. 21.00 – CAERNARVON CASTLE

LONDON UNITED KINGDOM

 

JULY 20, 2006 – H. 22.00 – VICTORIA VENUE

COALVILLE UNITED KINGDOM

 

JULY 19, 2006 – H. 22.30 – VARSITY VENUE

WOLVERHAMPTON UNITED KINGDOM

 

JUNE 29, 2006 – H. 22.00 – PIAZZA DI VITTORIO

NICHELINO (TO) ITALY

 

MAY 27, 2006 – H. 22.30 – PIAZZA DEL PESO

MAZZE’ (TO) ITALY

 

APRIL 8, 2006 – H. 21.30 – AUDITORIUM

SETTALA (MI) ITALY

 

APRIL 6, 2006 – H. 16.00 – VIBRAM SHOWROOM – SALONE DEL MOBILE - FIERA DI MILANO – Invite needed

MILAN ITALY

 

NOVEMBER 26, 2005 – H. 17.30 – FNAC

NAPLES ITALY

 

NOVEMBER 25, 2005 – H. 18.00 – MELBOOKSTORE

ROME ITALY

 

NOVEMBER 24, 2005 – H. 21.00 – MELBOOKSTORE

FLORENCE ITALY

 

NOVEMBER 20, 2005 – H. 18.00 – FNAC

TURIN ITALY

 

NOVEMBER 19, 2005 – H. 21.00 – MESSAGGERIE MUSICALI

MILAN ITALY

 

NOVEMBER 18, 2005 – H. 18.00 – MELBOOKSTORE

PADOVA ITALY

 

SEPTEMBER 18, 2005 – H. 22.00 – VICTORIA VENUE

COALVILLE UNITED KINGDOM

 

SEPTEMBER 17, 2005 – H. 17.00 – CLIPPER FESTIVAL

LIVERPOOL UNITED KINGDOM

 

SEPTEMBER 16, 2005 – H. 22.30 – QUEEN’S TAP

SWINDON UNITED KINGDOM

 

SEPTEMBER 15, H. 22.00 – THE SNOOTY FOX

WAKEFIELD UNITED KINGDOM

 

SEPTEMBER 14, 2005 – H. 22.00 – THE BONGO CLUB

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND UNITED KINGDOM

 

SEPTEMBER 12, 2005 – H. 22.30 – BELUGA

LIVERPOOL UNITED KINGDOM

 

SEPTEMBER 10, 2005 – H. 22.00 – THE CROSS KEYS

PETERBOROUGH UNITED KINGDOM

 

SEPTEMBER 8-9, 2005 – LOVE’S VIDEOCLIP SHOOTINGS – CANARY WHARF

LONDON UNITED KINGDOM

 

SEPTEMBER 7, 2005 – HOPE AND ANCHOR

LONDON UNITED KINGDOM

 

SEPTEMBER 6, 2005 – PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS W/ MICHAEL R. WILLIAMS

LONDON UNITED KINGDOM

 

JANUARY 19, 2005 – H. 22 - BULL & GATE

LONDON UNITED KINGDOM