October 2019 - Afterlife Army Newsletter

Josh, Leon, Dan, and Jayne perform live at Joe’s Grotto for Soundphoria 3 on September 14, 2019

Josh, Leon, Dan, and Jayne perform live at Joe’s Grotto for Soundphoria 3 on September 14, 2019

Greetings Afterlife Army,

Here is the latest edition of the 'Afterlife Army' newsletter and there are lots of things to talk about this month.

It's officially spooky time, one of our favorite parts of the year, as October has officially arrived. In this edition I'll talk about how much fun we had at Soundphoria 3, give you some more exclusive pics from our video shoot for 'Lapis Lazuli,' wish our drummer Josh a very Happy Birthday, and tell you about our latest live acoustic video for 'Global Mourning.'


Thanks for Joining Us at Soundphoria 3

The opening image for this edition of the newsletter was taken at Soundphoria 3 and for those of you who were able to make it out and stayed all the way to the end just to see us play we say thank you thank you thank you so very very much.

All the bands were amazing and we had an absolute blast performing alongside such awesome talent. It's always a great time catching Crowning Thieves playing and I was personally super stoked to finally play a show with Silence the Voice.

Huge shoutout to Gavin of Soundphoria for inviting us to play and for everything he does for the Phoenix Arizona local music scene. This was the last show of the year for us and it was a great one to end on for sure.


More Behind the Scenes Shots from ‘Lapis Lazuli’ Video Shoot

Unfortunately we don't have any new updates on the music video yet. A 4-6 week turnaround time on the video puts us at the end of this month so hopefully we will have more news for you very, very soon. In the meantime here are a few more shots from the shoot.

From the looks of these pictures it definitely looks like some creepy stuff is going on in our new music video. Enjoy this creepy red imagery just in time for the Halloween season!

Jon is haunted by two sets of creepy hands as Jacob records the action.

Jon is haunted by two sets of creepy hands as Jacob records the action.

Josh gives an especially emo expression to Jacob because of what he’s about to do.

Josh gives an especially emo expression to Jacob because of what he’s about to do.

Jacob records Jayne as she appears to worship a television displaying nothing but static. What IS she doing?

Jacob records Jayne as she appears to worship a television displaying nothing but static. What IS she doing?

Dan screams in horror because he’s trapped behind a sheet of suffocating plastic.

Dan screams in horror because he’s trapped behind a sheet of suffocating plastic.


Happy (Early) Birthday Josh!

For those of you who don't know our very own drummer Josh has a birthday this month. He was born on October 30th, right before Halloween, which is his favorite holiday, and as a huge horror nerd he was definitely born at the right time.

Josh is such an integral and important piece of what makes this band what it is. He does whatever is needed of him to make things work and we are all extremely appreciative of the hard work and sacrifice he puts into Discovery of an Afterlife.

Fun fact, Josh is the one who records, mixes, and produces all of our music. The only thing he doesn't do is master the tracks, and that's not for a lack of trying. He is also the artist behind the cover art for both 'Something More Than Us' and 'Mistakes We Make.'

I could go on and on about the many amazing things he does for this band but just know without him we wouldn't be anywhere near where where we are today.

So if you're a fan of this band (which hopefully you are if you're reading this newsletter) be sure to head over to his instagram page on the 30th to wish this incredibly talented guy a happy birthday and a happy Halloween! He will definitely appreciate the love.

Happy Birthday to Josh and his awesome drumset. Love this guy so much!

Happy Birthday to Josh and his awesome drumset. Love this guy so much!


Climate Change is Not a Hoax!

Hopefully this isn't news to you but our planet is currently facing a terrible crisis in the form of climate change brought on by the actions of humans. It is absolutely ludicrous that scientific data and facts have become a political stance, but here we are.

The truth is if we don't act soon we are going to be facing mass extinction. Just looking here at Phoenix, AZ we see that the record for hottest temperature recorded is pushed higher and higher every summer. Eventually, humans will be physically incapable of living here any longer if this trend continues.

On our debut album 'Something More Than Us' this issue was the inspiration for our song 'Global Mourning' which is about the death of planet Earth. Recently Leon and I recorded a live acoustic version of this song and asked for donations to the Alliance for Climate Change Education.

If you haven't seen our performance yet, check it out on youtube and please think about donating to this great organization. I still have hope that we can turn this thing around and literally save the world, but things are not looking good right now.


Sorry to end on a grim note, but in the spirit of the Halloween season think of it as a real life horror movie that we're all a part of.

As usual I will end on a question for you. This one is simple and fun, don't worry. What are you thinking of going as for Halloween this year?

I know it might be early for some of you but hopefully this question gets you thinking about costume ideas at the very least. Be sure to comment below with your answer and I look forward to hearing from you!

Much Love From AZ,
-Jon
Discovery of an Afterlife


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September 2019 - Afterlife Army Newsletter

Jacob recording Jon frantically sitting up in bed on the set of ‘Lapis Lazuli’

Jacob recording Jon frantically sitting up in bed on the set of ‘Lapis Lazuli’

Greetings Afterlife Army,

We hope that you're having a fun and safe Labor Day weekend! I'll keep this installment of the 'Afterlife Army' newsletter short and to the point so you can get back to enjoying your time off from work or school. ;)

This month I've got some behind-the-scenes shots from our upcoming music video, one last promotion for Soundphoria 3, and an announcement about future shows.


‘Lapis Lazuli’ Music Video

We're so happy to announce to you that our upcoming music video will be for our song 'Lapis Lazuli' and has been successfully recorded.

It was an intense three days but we had a blast making our very first video. We're very confident in our choice to go with Jacob Eldridge as our director and believe our vision for the video is in very good hands with him.

Jacob has told us that the turnaround time on the video is usually 4-6 weeks but could potentially take longer. Members of the Afterlife Army will be the first to know once it's done and we'll make sure to get them all the details on the video's premiere.

In the meantime here are a few still shots from the video shoot. Hope you enjoy this exclusive sneak peek!

Lead singer Jon performing on the set of ‘Lapis Lazuli.’

Lead singer Jon performing on the set of ‘Lapis Lazuli.’

Dan and Jayne performing on the set of ‘Lapis Lazuli.’

Dan and Jayne performing on the set of ‘Lapis Lazuli.’

Jacob recording as Leon and Josh perform on the set of ‘Lapis Lazuli.’

Jacob recording as Leon and Josh perform on the set of ‘Lapis Lazuli.’

Josh playing drums on the set of ‘Lapis Lazuli.’

Josh playing drums on the set of ‘Lapis Lazuli.’


Soundphoria 3 Is Just Around the Corner!

Soundphoria 3, presented by Bad Boy Guitars, is almost here! If you haven't already you can still reach out to us to get your $10.00 presale tickets, otherwise they will be sold for $12.00 at the door.

Since shooting the video for 'Lapis Lazuli' we've been hard at work putting a killer setlist together for you so we hope to see you there.

This awesome show is going to take place on Saturday September 14th at Joe's Grotto in Northern Phoenix. This is a 21+ show and doors open at 7pm. Once again, be sure to RSVP to the official facebook event page to let us know you're coming.


Regarding Future Shows

As you can imagine, coordinating the schedules of five different band members comes with its own unique set of challenges. We each have our own lives and obligations on top of our responsibilities in the band which can make scheduling practices and concerts kind of tough sometimes.

Somehow we find a way to make it work though because we each love being in this amazing band and part of this community.

Unfortunately due to these scheduling conflicts, however, Soundphoria 3 will most likely be our last show for the foreseeable future. At least until the end of 2019.

Considering we were able to perform in five different shows this year, including our first LGBT event, we're very happy with what we've accomplished and look forward to hitting the stage once more in 2020.


Those are all the updates I have for you this time, but as usual I want to leave you with a question. What are you doing with this long Labor Day weekend?

Personally I'm staying home and catching up on sleep but I'm always interested in what other people like to do with an extra long weekend.

So are you making a special trip somewhere or just being lazy like me? Leave a comment below with your answer and I look forward to reading it. :)

Much Love From AZ,
-Jon
Discovery of an Afterlife


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Soundphoria 3 Presented by Bad Boy Guitars Show Announcement

Soundphoria 3 Presented by Bad Boy Guitars Show Announcement

Discovery of an Afterlife officially announce the lineup for Soundphoria 3, hosted by Bad Boy Guitars, featuring 8 live bands.

Discovery of an Afterlife Releases 'Mistakes We Make' EP at Joe's Grotto

‘Mistakes We Make’ was released on May 25, 2019 at Joe’s Grotto in Northern Phoenix

‘Mistakes We Make’ was released on May 25, 2019 at Joe’s Grotto in Northern Phoenix

Discovery of an Afterlife’s ‘Mistakes We Make’ EP Release Party in Review

I realize that this post is extremely untimely but as the saying goes, better late than never!

We would like to officially announce the release of our brand new EP ‘Mistakes We Make’ which came out on May 25, 2019 at our EP release show hosted at Joe’s Grotto.

This was the biggest show of our career to date and we’re happy to report it was a success.

We had an absolute blast playing with some amazing local talent and even with a last minute cancellation we were thankfully able to pull it all off.


DoaA’s Final Show With Original Screamer Conner Posz

For those of you who missed it unfortunately you missed the last time our screamer Conner Posz will most likely ever perform with the band again and it was an incredibly special treat for all of us.

We are extremely appreciative of him reprising his role during ‘The Meadow’ and for our encore, ‘Another Year Without You Here.’

We wish Conner all the best and encourage you to check out his new band, Dead World Reclamation!

Conner Posz performs live with Discovery of an Afterlife on May 25, 2019.

Conner Posz performs live with Discovery of an Afterlife on May 25, 2019.

Discovery of an Afterlife waves goodbye at their ‘Mistakes We Make’ EP Release party May 25, 2019.

Discovery of an Afterlife waves goodbye at their ‘Mistakes We Make’ EP Release party May 25, 2019.


Thank You Audible Assault Entertainment

This was our very first headlining show where we picked the venue, the date, what bands would play, and all the minute details that go into putting a show on.

A HUGE thank you is in order to Steph Irvine of Audible Assault Entertainment because we couldn’t have done it without her. We absolutely love working with Steph and can’t imagine trusting anyone else with something this big for us.

If you’re a local band looking to start playing shows be sure to hit her and her company up because they treat their bands amazingly and always make sure the show goes on!

Audible Assault is a local Phoenix Arts & Entertainment Event Planning Organization

Audible Assault is a local Phoenix Arts & Entertainment Event Planning Organization


Thank You Soundphoria Media and Entertainment

Huge thank you goes out to Soundphoria for sponsoring the event and providing some awesome and free promotional material for the party. If you haven’t seen it yet check out our very first in-person interview with Gavin below.

Soundphoria Entertainment promotes local bands in the Phoenix Area by booking shows and providing promotional services.

Soundphoria Entertainment promotes local bands in the Phoenix Area by booking shows and providing promotional services.


Mistakes We Make EP Release Party Lineup

Huge thank yous go out to all the bands that came together to put on an awesome show and celebrate the release of our new EP.

Special thank you goes out to Killing Sunday for jumping on the bill at the last minute and to MC Madmundo for keeping the party going all night long.

About a day before the show Ciphered Existence had to unfortunately pull out of the lineup due to severe health concerns with their lead singer.

We are happy to report that Tanya has made a full recovery since then and is back to playing shows throughout the Phoenix area!

Be sure to checkout all the awesome bands that played that night, listed below.

The ‘Mistakes We Make’ EP Release Party flyer designed by our drummer Josh Kneisler

The ‘Mistakes We Make’ EP Release Party flyer designed by our drummer Josh Kneisler


Thank You to Photographer Tim Campbell

Big thank you goes out to our friend Tim Campbell for hanging out and taking these stunning photos of us during our set!

He was even able to get some very cool shots of Josh which is always one of the hardest things for a photographer to do so major kudos to him. We really, really appreciate it!

Dan and Jon perform live with Discovery of an Afterlife May 25, 2019

Dan and Jon perform live with Discovery of an Afterlife May 25, 2019

Josh performs live with Discovery of an Afterlife May 25, 2019

Josh performs live with Discovery of an Afterlife May 25, 2019

Josh and Jayne perform live with Discovery of an Afterlife May 25, 2019

Josh and Jayne perform live with Discovery of an Afterlife May 25, 2019

Leon, Dan, and Josh perform live with Discovery of an Afterlife May 25, 2019

Leon, Dan, and Josh perform live with Discovery of an Afterlife May 25, 2019

Jon and Jayne perform live with Discovery of an Afterlife May 25, 2019

Jon and Jayne perform live with Discovery of an Afterlife May 25, 2019

DoaA’s Future Plans and Email Newsletter

Well that’s all for this update folks, once again thank you to everyone who made our EP release party an unforgettable experience, it truly means the world to us. We have such an awesome local music scene here in Phoenix!

Stay tuned for more DoaA news including the release of our very first ever music video and our official announcement for the Soundphoria 3 lineup!

Also if you haven’t done so already be sure to subscribe to our brand new ‘Afterlife Army’ newsletter so you can learn about all the latest DoaA news before anyone else and get exclusive promotions delivered right to your inbox!

Audible Assault's 2-Year Anniversary in Review

Discovery of an Afterlife performs live at Joe’s Grotto Feb 9, 2019

Discovery of an Afterlife performs live at Joe’s Grotto Feb 9, 2019

On Saturday February 9, 2019 we made our second appearance at Audible Assault Entertainment’s annual anniversary party and had a fantastic time rocking out and partying with so many great local bands.

We were the last band to play and really appreciate everyone staying so late to watch our set and for singing our songs so loudly! Words cannot describe how magical it is to hear you all sing the ending to ‘The Meadow’, a powerful song about the suicide of a close friend. This also marked the first time ever we didn’t end our set with this song because the crowd insisted we play an encore so we ended up ending with ‘A Tragedy Until We Forget’, an old classic DoaA jam.

Audible Assault is a local Phoenix Arts & Entertainment Event Planning Organization

Audible Assault is a local Phoenix Arts & Entertainment Event Planning Organization

Huge congratulations to the folks at Audible Assault Entertainment for making it another year around the sun. Not at all surprised that they’re still around with the way they treat their bands, but super happy for them nonetheless. And of course a huge thank you to them for asking us to play their 2-Year Anniversary Party! If you’re a local band in Phoenix Arizona this is THE production company to go to when you want to start playing shows.

Joe’s Grotto is located at 13825 N. 32nd St in Northern Phoenix, AZ

Joe’s Grotto is located at 13825 N. 32nd St in Northern Phoenix, AZ

Huge thank you to Joe’s Grotto for hosting the event and for providing excellent service. This is one of our favorite venues to play because the staff is always super nice and the sound quality here is absolutely excellent. Not to mention they have a super sweet nautical theme going on!

Also thank you to all the very talented bands who came out and made the night an absolute success. Be sure to show them some love below.

Lo Standard performs live at Joe’s Grotto Feb 9, 2019

Lo Standard performs live at Joe’s Grotto Feb 9, 2019

We Came in Last performs live at Joe’s Grotto Feb 9, 2019

We Came in Last performs live at Joe’s Grotto Feb 9, 2019

FireGlass performs live at Joe’s Grotto Feb 9, 2019

FireGlass performs live at Joe’s Grotto Feb 9, 2019

Iscah performs live at Joe’s Grotto Feb 9, 2019

Iscah performs live at Joe’s Grotto Feb 9, 2019

Interfate performs live at Joe’s Grotto Feb 9, 2019

Interfate performs live at Joe’s Grotto Feb 9, 2019

Lo Standard

We Came in Last

Fire Glass

Hazen

Interfate

Ciphered Existence

Defiant Machine

Iscah

Archetypes Collide

Discovery of an Afterlife


As always stay tuned for more DoaA news coming your way soon including an official release date for our upcoming EP ‘Mistakes We Make’!