The Autumn Affair was formed in the spring of 2005 from the ashes of two former pen/del bands, The Eliza Letters and What's Pink. Striving to form sounds accessible to both the casual listener as well as the most discriminating indie ear, The Autumn Affair creates a textural pop medium with harmonies and driving guitars. Considered by many as a "must see" live band, their shows surge with pure emotion. Yet... if they must be heard over stereo...listen loud.
James Dukenfield (vocals/guitar)
Brian Maduskuie (guitar/vocals)
Joe Galante (bass)
Dave Sennett (drums)
The Autumn Affair completed their first LP entitled "When I See Your Ghost" in the fall of 2006. All promo tracks are available at www.autumnaffair.com & www.myspace.com/theautumnaffair. They are currently recording their second LP "Echoes In August" as well as an acoustic release. Both are scheduled for release in fall of 2008.
September 2006 Album Review
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The title of the Autumn Affair’s debut LP, When I See Your Ghost, is a metaphor for the crossroads t...The title of the Autumn Affair’s debut LP, When I See Your Ghost, is a metaphor for the crossroads the members of the band are now facing. As a quartet of 20-somethings, the indie-rock band considers this the time for the next chapter of their lives.
“It’s hard to say,” according to guitarist Brian Maduskuie. “The best thing I can come up with is we’re in a transition state. We’re moving away from one thing and moving towards something else.”
The Wilmington band has taken an impressive stride with the release of When I See Your Ghost, not only writing and performing the entire album, but also recording, producing, mixing, and mastering it as well.
This achievement is even more notable because the band is relatively new. Formed from the ashes of two previous groups (the Eliza Letters and What’s Pink) in the spring of ’05, it comprises Maduskuie alongside bandmates James Dukenfield (vocals/guitar), Joe Galante (bass), and Matthew Bellman (percussion).
With experience in previous bands, the members wanted to produce the record that would accurately achieve the sound they desired.
"We take a lot of pride in the fact that we sat down and worked through this," Maduskuie says. "Everything was from the ground up."
A year in the making, the 11-track album is full of dark, metaphorical imagery and a hard-hitting sonic landscape. In the vein of Thursday’s "Understanding in a Car Crash," album opener "Wheat Walls" uses a car accident as a metaphor for an emotional breakdown. Dukenfield sings over a crunchy guitar, "We’re driving down the cliff / And I might as well go with it / This I know / One more crash and I’ll be gone."
The album continues with tracks such as "Turn to Ash," "Scenes of Change" and "Even the Bottle." Wearing their influences on their collective sleeve, the band is a mix of acts that could include Jimmy Eat World and the Anniversary.
Maduskuie isn’t shy about the Autumn Affair’s penchant for late-’90s emo rock. "We love anything from the Shins to the Get Up Kids and Hey Mercedes," he says. "We’re all big fans of simplistic hooks and good song structure."
The group’s reputation is growing, and they’ve started to get out-of-state gigs, including The Lion’s Den in New York. But for The Autumn Affair, Wilmington will always be home.
"We’ve been a part of the local scene for some time now," Maduskuie says. "We’re just seeing what comes of it. We do a lot of traveling to New York and Philly, but it’s important for us to release the album here. We have a lot of close ties to Wilmington."
— The Autumn Affair will be playing in the tri-state area throughout September and October, including Kelly’s Logan House in Wilmington.
Indofunk Album Review
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The Autumn Affair When I See Your Ghost [Self-Produced; 2005] autumnaffair.com 25.8mg Wilmi...
The Autumn Affair
When I See Your Ghost
Wilmington indie/emo/pop group the Autumn Affair recorded When I See Your Ghost in fall 2005 (aka autumn). I doubt their name has anything to do with that, but it seems appropriate for the timing. Then again, maybe the name is inappropriate alltogether-- this is really a new beginning, not an end, but the "Spring Affair" just sounds wrong. Formed from the remains of two broken bands, the members of the Autumn Affair definitely know about break-ups, which seems to be the first obvious topic explored on the album.
"Wheat Walls" is the standout track in this collection, and hopefully represents the direction the group is ultimately heading in. Vocalist James Dukenfield sounds a bit tormented here, referencing demons, but not likely his own. They're probably haunting someone close to him-- or someone not as close as he'd like. The track sounds like a morbid story, almost Edgar Allen Poe diet, or maybe it spun from a dream Dukenfield had after reading Poe and robo-tripping. The secret's in the spoken phrases in the beginning and middle, but they're cloaked in guitars... something about suicide.
The album takes a turn for the emo after the first track. When these guys were 15 and crammed into a basement full of other 15 year olds, the band that was playing probably sounded like the Get Up Kids. In turn, the tracks on When I See Your Ghost are the kind you want to sing along with, or at least know you're supposed to. They've got all the elements: the heartbreak hurt, high flying wails and screams, melodic ringing guitar hooks, smashing cymbals.
Dukenfield and company are quite good at what they do; they fit the mold well. Their style is clean and the recording quality is impressive considering it was done completely in their home studio. The songs don't really push any genre boundaries, but they're all solid deliveries. That's quite an accomplishment for such a young band. It'll be interesting to hear what they do next, now that they've had more time to discover their sound together. Maybe they'll start writing more about making up (or out) than breaking up.
The Autumn Affair are recording a new full length to be released in early 2007.
-Hudson, December 08, 2006
1. Wheat Walls (4:00)
2. Have Patience (3:30)
3. Scenes of Change (4:30)
4. Turn to Ash (5:00)
5. Pull Your Life (4:00)
6. Standing on the Edge (4:00)
7. Crash Site (3:30)
8. And then I Still Remain (5:30)
9. Broken Bones (4:30)
10. My Poison in Life (6:00)
There are no upcoming dates at this time.