Seasons After performing in 2015
|Origin||Wichita, Kansas, US|
|Genres||Heavy metal, melodic metalcore, alternative metal, hard rock|
|Labels||Warner Music Group|
|Past members||Steve Frank|
Seasons After is an American metal band from Wichita, Kansas formed in 2006 by the guitarist, songwriter, sound engineer, and record producer Chris Dawson. Over the course of its career, the band has released 3 full-length studio albums and undergone numerous line-up changes with Dawson remaining the only founding member ever-present.
The beginning and Through Tomorrow
The band Seasons After was formed in Wichita, Kansas in 2006. Initially, it consisted of Chris Dawson (guitar), Steve Frank (guitar), Michael Byers (bass), Tim Rails (drums), and Chris Schlichting (lead singer). In 2008, they released a debut album Through Tomorrow independently and went on tour while still keeping daily jobs.
Seasons After were signed by ILG/Warner Music Group in 2009, which re-released their debut album in 2010. They gained some popularity with their cover version of Gerard McMann's "Cry Little Sister", the theme song from the 1987 movie The Lost Boys. The song reached No. 15 on Billboard's Rock Songs chart in May 2010.
Changes in the line-up, going independent, and Calamity Scars & Memoirs
In August 2010, Seasons After parted ways with the original lead singer and founding member Chris Schlichting. No official statement explaining the reasons for his departure was ever published. He was replaced by Tony Housh shortly before the band's U.S. tour run in September 2010. Soon after, the band became involved in the dispute with their record company that lasted nearly 3 years. During that period, the band was almost inactive on social media, rarely updating the official sources with pictures taken in the studio.
On March 22, 2014, the band released a long statement on their official Facebook page in which cited the aforementioned dispute as the main reason for such a long period of inactivity. In the same statement, the band also announced their now independent status and mentioned that the recording sessions for their second album that began in the spring of 2011 had been long since completed and revealed its title as Calamity Scars & Memoirs.
On April 18, 2014, the band released a new song "Wake Me" which became the first single off the second record. For a limited period of time, it was available on the band's official website as a free download. On June 13, 2014, the second single, "So Long Goodbye", was published on YouTube as a lyric video. The album was released digitally on September 26, 2014, and physically on February 24, 2015.
After the album's release, the songs "Lights Out" and "Weathered & Worn" also became radio singles.
During an interview with The Gentlemen's Show podcast on August 6, 2015, lead singer Tony Housh said that the band had written upwards of 60 songs while awaiting the outcome of their dispute with Warner Music Group, and announced that Seasons After was intending to release yet another new album by the end of 2015, with the band's aspiration being to release a new record one after the other for as long as they could.
The recording sessions for the band's third studio album were completed in May 2016. In September 2016, the song "Fighter" was released as a single. On October 7, 2016, the band revealed the title and the release date of their third album. Manifesto was scheduled to be released on November 11, 2016. The release went as planned and was followed by a series of short tour runs in several parts of the United States.
- Chris Dawson – rhythm guitar (2006–present)
- James Beattie – lead guitar, backing vocals (2009–present)
- CHRIS EPLEY – lead vocals (2010–present)
- Ryan Kennedy – bass (2016–present)
- Steve Frank – lead guitar, backing vocals (2006–2009)
- Chris Schlichting – lead vocals (2006–2010)
- Michael Byers – bass guitar, backing vocals (2006–2014)
- Tim Rails – drums (2006–2015)
- Jessie Saint – bass guitar (2014–2015)
- Kyle Erbert – bass guitar (2015)
- Dan Johnson – drums (2015)
- Jared Ruyle – drums (2016–present)
|Seasons After discography|
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|The Billboard 200||Top Heatseekers||Top Rock Albums|
|2014||Calamity Scars & Memoirs
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|U.S. Main. Rock||U.S. Rock|
|"Cry Little Sister"||20||44|
|2014||"So Long Goodbye"||—||—||Calamity Scars & Memoirs|
|"Weathered and Worn"||39||—|
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.
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- Montgomery, Paige (April 20, 2010). "Live review: Seasons After @ the Marquis Theater". Denver Post. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
- "Cry Little Sister – Seasons After". Billboard. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
- "Season After - Calamity Scars and Memoirs - Amazon.com Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
- "The Gentlemen's Show – August 6th, 2015 | The Gentlemen's Show". Podcast.gentlemenontheair.com. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
- "All Music Discography – Seasons After (Albums)". AllMusic. Retrieved November 14, 2010.
- "Calamity Scars & Memoirs: Seasons After: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
- "Billboard Chart Positions – Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved May 21, 2009.