Afterhours

Afterhours

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Biography

Let's start with the music critics.
In 1989 the debut mini album "All the Good Children Go to Hell" is mentioned by the most influential Italian alternative music magazine Mucchio Selvaggio among the best 10 records of the 80s. A year later independent label Vox Pop releases first album "During Christine Sleep" that gets an exciting review by American magazine Alternative Press. A flight to New York follows: the band fronted by Manuel Agnelli goes to represent Italy at the New Music Seminar. They are later invited to the Berlin Independence Days.
In 1992 the band record a second EP and, once again, is record of the month for the guys at Alternative Press. Several American major companies get interested in the band, among them Geffen Records, in the person of Gary Gersh, future A&R of Nirvana but highly excited by the quick growth of an alternative scene in Italy, to which they are heavily contributing. Afterhours eventually decide to base their project in their own country and they start to write and sing their lyrics in Italian.
In 1995, after a dramatic change of line up, the band releases a new album, "Germi", entirely sung in their mother-tongue. The work contains the seeds of Afterhours philosophy: melody and noise, music and lyrics cut-up, pop experimentation and a peculiar irony. Music critics define "Germi" as one of the best example of rock made in Italy. A mouth to mouth reputation grows along with the crowds at their gigs. Even Mina, Italy’s best and most celebrated Lady of the Song, shows her appreciation by reinterpreting their piece "Dentro Marilyn".
During 1997 Afterhours sign a record deal with Mescal, Italy’s strongest alternative label, and record their second album in Italian. "Hai Paura Del Buio?", the title translates in "Are you afraid of darkness?", an album of 19 songs where Afterhours inject their personality in rock ballads and hardcore screams searching for new and non-conventional sounds in rock. Afterhours develop a unique writing style that takes distance from the tradition, morphing their mother-tongue into something new. This becomes a distinctive character of their music, representing one of the most stimulating side of the project and capturing the growing interest of both critics and audiences. The album is a collection of great songs, where all the fields explored by the band are in function of the song itself. Mucchio Selvaggio included "Afterhours Hai Paura Del Buio?" among the best 10 Italian albums of all times.
Afterhours are involved meanwhile in several literature and music happenings, together with other artists. The singer and guitarist of the band, Manuel Agnelli, starts to develop interest in producing the work of some of the most exciting new talents of the peninsula, giving birth to the debut albums of Cristina Donà, Pitch, La Crus, Marco Parente, Scisma, the top sellers Prozac + and Verdena, and the experimental project Massimo Volume, with whom Manuel shares the stage for several readings and performances.
The third album, "Non è Per Sempre", released in 1999, gets them great visibility, and, supported by heavy video and radio rotation, reaches the top ten selling charts. The band play 113 gigs in nine months all over Italy, and most of them quickly sell out. Afterhours end that summer tour on the 11th of July, sharing the stage with R.E.M. at the Bologna stadium.
In February 2001 a double live album is released. It's called "Siam Tre Piccoli Porcellin" and includes an acoustic CD and an electric one. The following tour will last for 87 gigs and again many of the venues are sold out.
Aware of the incredible growth of the audience and the increased quality of the new Italian alternative scene, Manuel Agnelli creates the "Tora! Tora!" festival, a travelling circus of music made out of alternative bands and artists with the communal aim to create their own promotional megaphone. The event gathers 50.000 people in Rome, Rimini, Padova and Turin and explodes as a case in the eye of the media, eventually receiving the public compliments of Perry Farrell, creator of the Lollapalooza festival. Due to the success of the first edition the festival becomes an annual appointment. Recognition comes at the meeting of Italy’s independent record labels in November 2001 where Manuel is awarded a price for "Tora! Tora!" as event of the year. Four days later Manuel is awarded best Italian producer at the Italian Music Awards.

Afterhours' new album, "Quello Che Non C'è", is released on 5th April 2002, and after a few days goes straight to number four in the sales charts. In the same month, Afterhours share the stage with the American band Mercury Rev in an unforgettable co-headlining tour throughout the peninsula, reaching the top in Milan in front of an audience of 7000 people.
Following the release of "Quello Che Non C'è" Afterhours collect another prize at the 2002 Italian Music Awards for best lyrics on the title track. Top selling Italian magazine Tutto Mu

Discography

ALBUM RELEASES
Germi (Mescal) 1995
Hai Paura del Buio? (Mescal) 1997
Non è Per Sempre (Mescal) 1999
Siam Tre Piccoli Porcellini, live (Mescal) 2001
Quello che non c’è (Mescal) 2002
Ballate per piccole iene (Mescal) 2005
Ballads for Little Hyenas (One Little Indian/Mescal 2006)

EP AND SINGLE RELEASES
Male di Miele (Mescal) 1998
Sui Giovani d’Oggi ci Scatarro Su (Mescal) 1998
La Verità che Ricordavo (Mescal) 2000
Bianca (Mescal) 2000
Sulle Labbra (Mescal) 2002
La Gente Sta Male (Mescal) 2003
Gioia e Rivoluzione (Mescal) 2004
Ballata per la mia piccola iena (Mescal) 2005