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Port Jefferson Station, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010

Port Jefferson Station, New York, United States
Established on Jan, 2010
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



NY Rock group AfterBurn is an all Firefighter band whose songs embody elements of Rock, alternative and melodic metal, with some of the most harmonious head banging and fist pumping music on the planet.