The Afterbeat

The Afterbeat

 Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN

Mixing Two Tone Ska with early 80's Rock and Punk influences, The Afterbeat take their live “Balls To The Wall” attitude and present it to you in a solid platter of agressive guitars, compelling horns and soulful vocals! They'll leave you sweaty and wanting more!


“To write off The Afterbeat as just another sound-alike bunch of off time herky-jerks would be a grievous error!” Darryl Sterdan, The Winnipeg Sun

"It would be incorrect to call The Afterbeat a Ska band. These guys play roots rock with just as many ska influences as references to late 70's and early 80's classics by The Clash, English Beat, Police and Elvis Costello.
The Winnipeg Free Press

“This is required listening for those who'd like to think they had a finger on the pulse of the emerging ska punk scene” Frantic Ska Web Zine

“The Afterbeat have clearly established themselves not only in the top tier of Winnipeg bands, but also as one of the hottest up-and-coming indie rock acts in Canada.”
James Lambert, See Magazine

The Afterbeat are a ska influenced punk-pop band from Winnipeg, Canada. They made their full-length recording debut in 2005 and have played a long streak of live shows in support. Citing influences such as the Clash, The Specials, Elvis Costello and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the band is comprised of Mike Reis (lead vocals, guitar), Dustin Jackson (lead guitar, vocals), Chris Ferguson (drums), Denis Gaudry (trombone, keys, vocals) and Scott Bewer (Saxophone, vocals, percussion). Their debut album, Personals, was released in 2005 on Bacteria Buffet Records. Touring relentlessly through North America has allowed The Afterbeat to share the stage with many great bands such as Bedouin Soundclash, The Toasters, The Planet Smashers, Alexisonfire, The Creepshow, Saint Alvia, Bad Brains, The Skatalites, Beat Union and Big D and The Kids Table. The exposure also recently gave the band a chance to star in and provide the music for a national Budweiser beer commercial which premiered during the 2010 Superbowl. They have recently recorded a new EP in Vancouver, Canada which was produced by Hedley bassist Tommy Macdonald (The Latency, Aberdeen) and engineered by Dean Maher (Daniel Wesley, Mariana’s Trench, AC DC, Bryan Adams). They hope this recording will help listeners everywhere feel the blood, sweat and energy they give to their music. You have to see these guys live! From the strum of the first chord to the last cymbal crashing, The Afterbeat hits you with a non-stop Balls To The Wall attitude that leaves you sweaty and wanting more!


"Self Titled EP" (December 2010)
- Produced by Tom MacDonald (Hedley, Aberdeen)
- Engineered by Dean Maher (RiseAgainst, MarianasTrench)
- Includes singles Rude Boy and Gloryland
- 1st single, Rude Boy, gained commercial radio rotation
- Now available for sale on itunes

"Mix Tape" (January 2009)
- Free downloadable EP available on the band's website
- Single "Rude Boy" was liscensed and used in a Canadian
Budweiser Superbowl 2010 commercial

"Personals" (November 2005)
- Gained Canadian Distribution through Nuff
Entertainment with this release.
- Began charting across Canada immediately
upon release and is still maintaining spots on
most of those radio station charts presently.
- Is now available online for sale at, and

"Personals" The Black Album (August 2005)
- Released an advanced collector's edition
pressing of the full length album. The pressing
was limited to 750 copies and sold out

"The Balls Out EP" (June 2003)
- Gained National Distribution through
Stomp Records.
- Charted consistently across Canada on College
radio the entire summer/fall of 2003.
- Stayed on the Ear Shot national campus radio
charts for 6 consecutive weeks.

Set List

Usually play All Ages shows and 1-2 set engagements

Our more common songs we play:
Purple City
Not Tonight
Better Man
The System
Worth a Try
Had Enough
Rude Boy

Pressure Drop (Toots and Maytals cover)
Unity (Desmond Dekker cover)
Take Em All (Cocksparrer cover)
Radio Radio (Elvis Costello cover)
Concrete Jungle (Specials cover)
Rudie Can't Fail (Clash cover)