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New York City, NY | Established. Jan 01, 2009

New York City, NY
Established on Jan, 2009
Band Rock Hard Rock




"Knocking With Your Elbows Album Review"

Country: USA
Style: Hard Rock
Rating: 7/10
Release Date: 28 Dec 2018
Sites: Facebook | Official Website

Every single member of AfterBurn is a firefighter, whether professional or volunteer, so they had my respect before I ever pressed play on their second album. Of course, while that's great for promotion, it really has nothing to do with whether they're a band worth listening to (beyond the appropriate lyrics of All Gave Some), so I'll get it out of the way right now and move on.

I'm happy to say that they don't sound bad at all, though there's nothing new here that you haven't heard before from a whole bunch of other rock bands who turn it up but haven't lost track of the fact that rock came from the blues. After they played support for Faster Pussycat at a New York gig in 2014, they were invited onto their tour card, and it doesn't surprise me for a couple of reasons.

One is that their style fits that sort of bill. Look at the title track, which is an up tempo rocker with a glam edge, or Maybe We Should, which is a slower and clearly suggestive bluesy rock song. They're two very different songs but they fit well next to each other on the album and they'd work well on a stage too as warm up for someone like Faster Pussycat. That goes double for the singalong section at the close of the title track, which sounds like something Flogging Molly might record: 'Who's knocking, knocking at my door? Bring beer, bring beer!'

Another is that there's nothing overly flash here at all. Not one member of the band stands out for special notice, not even the vocalist or guitarist as you might expect from other rock bands, where egos tend to require that someone has to be the star. That's not to say that singer Rich Apps or guitarist Joe Martin, Jr. aren't up to scratch, because they both do their jobs perfectly well, as do Chick Slattery on bass and Mat Sebel on drums, but they're all clearly cogs in a bigger wheel and that wheel surely knows how to move much better than the cogs could on their own.

The same thing goes for the songs, because they're so consistent that it's tough to pick out either a favourite (OK, I'll plump for Climbing the Walls if you insist) or even a least favourite from this agreeable variety of fast rockers and slow ballads. I'm under the impression that these guys can play anything on the fly and make it work. They have influences, of course, but they're not overt and nothing sounds like anyone specific, even though there are hints here and there throughout. AfterBurn is rather like a distillation of the last half century of rock 'n' roll with a special focus on the seventies and eighties.

All in all, it's a solid and reliable album made by folk who clearly know each other very well indeed and work together even better. It gets better as well with a second listen as the songs start to become old friends. I enjoyed it a lot here at home but I'm pretty sure that the best place to experience AfterBurn will be in a Long Island club with a couple of beers inside you.
Hal C. F. Astell at January 11, 2019 - Apocalypse Later

"FDNY rockers AfterBurn perform at Mulcahy's, open for Quiet Riot"

This past weekend, FDNY rockers AfterBurn shared that stage with heavy metal band Quiet Riot at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall on Long Island.
A hard rock group, AfterBurn is comprised of Joe Martin Jr., Rich Apps, Matty Chase and Chick Satterly. They shared the stage with The Sweet (whose appearance on this tour marked their solo performance in New York).
AfterBurn kicked off their set at Mulcahy's with their last year's single, the mid-tempo "Open Road Confession," and they went on to perform two additional tunes that will be featured on their upcoming album.
They immediately broke into "Far From Grace," which had strong melodies to it, as well as the spitfire "Whiskey in the Wound," featuring their harmonies, and they closed on an unapologetic note with "Excuse My Demons."
AfterBurn's music is available on iTunes.
The Verdict
Overall, AfterBurn was able to warm up the stage for Quiet Riot, which was fronted by American Idol alum James Durbin on lead vocals. AfterBurn is worth seeing live whenever they are playing in the area. Their set earned two thumbs up. Well done.
To learn more about AfterBurn and their music, check out their official Facebook page, and website.
Read More: Digital Journal reviewed rocking Quiet Riot's headlining set at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall.

Read more: - Digital Journal


  1. "Never Forget"  June, 2014
  2. "Excuse My Demons"  October 2016
  3. "Knocking With Your Elbows" 2018



Welcome to the AfterBurn Sonicbids page. 

AfterBurn is the "all firefighter" Hard rock band from Long Island, New York. 

 You ask, how is this important? 

The answer to this resides in our music.  

Just like fire, our music is born from a creative spark that comes from a love of music and for rock and roll, ourselves being influenced heavily by all rock bands and musicians of today and the past, spanning all the way back to the Delta blues.

 When you listen to our songs you will understand a little better what we are about. 

In the meantime, here's a quick history of our band... 

 After making a statement in the local venues with the AFTERBURN live show and sound in 2011/12, we were invited down to Austin Texas, for three consecutive years (2012-2014) to play on the Texas Rockfest stages during the SXSW music festival.

In June of 2014, after years of recording, our first full length LP, " Never Forget" was released. In August of 2014, AFTERBURN played direct support at Blackthorn 51 in N.Y.C. for Faster Pussycat. Directly after our set, we were invited by Faster to tour with them in the Fall of 2014, starting on Halloween at The Whiskey A Go Go, and then all across America and back, ending in Chicago just before Thanksgiving. 

 Having established a place in the local music scene as well as nationally,  AFTERBURN played shows all across the country from Long Island N.Y. to the Whiskey A Go-Go in Los Angeles, from Green Bay Wisconsin down to San Antonio Texas alongside legendary bands and musicians such as Quiet Riot, The Sweet, Steven Adler of GNR, Joe and Al Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult, Doug Pinnick of Kings X, Faster Pussycat, Lillian Axe, L.A. Guns, The Bullet Boys, Kenny Arnett, Gina Stiles, and the late great A.J. Perro, to name a few. 

We humbly received acclaim from fans and fellow rockers for our more than often energetic, live performance as well as for song composition. 

"Open Road Confession" is our pre-release single for the upcoming full length album. Gaining fans in an ever-changing music industry, with our highly energetic live show and songs, we continue to build momentum and a loyal fanbase, with no end in sight. 

All that we achieve in music is always done in the memory of our brother firefighters that sacrificed their lives on 9/11/01, so that many would survive. 343. NEVER FORGET.

  On behalf of Joe, Rich, Mat, and Chick, play it loud and Enjoy! \m/\m/