Formed in 2019, Afterbliss’ blend of melodic rock, hard riffs and indie synth pop have firmly cemented them as one of Dublins most interesting and exciting acts to emerge in recent years.
The origins of Afterbliss can be traced back to 2018 when guitarist / synth player Alex Burcea and drummer Ally Pender who had played together in a previous band realised they had a strong creative spark. The pair put together a handful of early material and co-founded the group. The current line up was completed with the addition of lead vocalist Evan Cassidy, guitarist James O’ Gorman and bassist Shane Waldron who shaped the sound of the band into what it is today. Afterbliss’ style of music been compared to the likes of The Killers, Muse, Editors and Manic Street Preachers.
The band entered the legendary Windmill Lane Studios in September 2020 and worked with producer Alan Kelly (Kings of Leon, Herbie Hancock) and engineer Fergal Davies (Muse, Sinead O’ Connor) to create music which has accumulated over 42,000 streams between Spotify and YouTube in less than 9 months.
November 2020 saw Afterbliss release their debut single, “Until Sunrise”, which received acclaim. The band followed this up in February 2021 with “Kiss & Tell” and in June 2021 with “Remnants”. All three releases have been heavily featured on Spotify playlists as well as achieving extensive radio play across UK and Ireland. “Remnants” was featured as Track of the Day on Hotpress in June 2021.
Afterbliss’ debut EP “Unknown Machine” is due for release in October 2021 to coincide with their headline performance in Whelan’s on the 29th October 2021. Following this, the band are set to continue on their path of new releases and touring in order to firmly establish themselves as a truly unique and unforgettable group.
A powerhouse of a lead vocalist from Galway who can hit notes that haven’t even been invented yet. Legend says he invented the vocal cord as early as 2009.
The melodic and soulful lead lead guitarist and synth man. After the chord “B minor” came to him in a dream as a child, he knew he was destined to become a musical genius.
Inspired by the likes of Kim Deal, Roger Waters and Tina Weymouth, Shane holds the rhythm section together as lead bassist. He was also the only one who gave me information to write this so he gets a longer section. Not only has he been playing both guitar and bass for over 13 years but he is also a Virgo.
A real life guitar teacher taking up the position of lead rhythm guitar in Afterbliss. He was his first ever student when he started teaching guitar and has since vowed to become more skilled than the teacher himself.
Pounding at the skins (sometimes in time) is lead drummer Ally. Originally from Glasgow, he is no stranger to hitting things with sticks and expecting a positive outcome. He can additionally be heard plonking away at the piano and is not a Sagittarius.