Ignite Interview with Kyriakos “Charlie” Tsiolis of Aftermath!!..”Make music that makes you happy. Don’t do it because you want to be rich and famous”

AFTERMATH has released their new video for their re-imagined version of the John Lennon classic – “Give Peace a Chance.” The Official @John Lennon both tweeted and posted the video on Facebook.

Aftermath – Give Peace a Chance – https://youtu.be/maSlYQ5W5qI

All answers by Kyriakos “Charlie” Tsiolis of Aftermath

1.    Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?

We formed on October 31, 1985.  We started out as a crossover thrash band even before that style or subgenre had that name.  Originally a four-piece we were determined to be the fastest band on the planet.  By, 1987 we add a second guitarist and transform into one of the first progressive/technical thrash bands.  I guess we were part of the beginning of two thrash subgenres.  We got really known in the thrash metal underground based on our two demos Killing the Future and Word that Echo Fear.  We got a record deal in 1989 from a label called Big Chief out of New York City.  The label was new and had Warner’s distribution.  We went into the studio to record our debut album called Eyes of Tomorrow and the label filed for bankruptcy during the recording.  We didn’t have the money to pay the studio bill at that time, so we did it in payments – that took four long years.  So the album that was to be released in 1990 didn’t come out until 1994.  Thrash was dead and we released a thrash record on our own label.   Not the ideal situation. 

In 1996, we sued Dr. Dre for trademark infringement.  We ended up getting a record deal on Interscope Records during that ordeal.  We were writing music that wasn’t anything like Aftermath (I say that despite previously going from a crossover band to a progressive one).  We didn’t want to release those songs as Aftermath, so we changed the name to Mother God Moviestar and released our self-titled album in 1998.  We did one tour and broke up.

Over the years we reissued the Aftermath Eyes of Tomorrow debut on 5 different labels.  The latest was in 2015.  We got back together that year to play the Headbangers Open Air in Germany.  It wasn’t going to be a comeback but just a reunion for the fest.  Well it turned into a second record called There is Something Wrong.  

2.            What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?

Kiss.  I saw them as a kid in 1976 and was blown away.  There are millions of kids that felt the same exact way.  When we formed Aftermath, it was the thrash scene that made us want to form the band.  It was the beginning of the genre and we knew we wanted to be a thrash band.  Like I said we broke up in 1996 and got back together in 2015 for a fest.  What made us want to stay together was simply how great it felt to be playing music together.  Writing new music that we personally loved is what made us want to record an album.  I would not be doing this with any other band.

3.            So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?

Our last album was a concept album.  A few weeks ago we released a cover of the John Lennon classic Give Peace a Chance along with a video.  It was meant to balance the dark message of our last album.  We just finished mixing a new track called No Time to Waste that we will be mastering soon.  We may release it as a 7 inch along with Give Peace a Chance or we may just release it on its own.  This track blows me away.  We are all excited about this song and can’t wait for people to hear it.

4.            If you didn’t become a musician, what would you  be doing right now?

I would be doing exactly what I am doing now.  We aren’t Metallica or Maiden we aren’t living off the money we make from music. 

5.            What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?

Actually I can’t think of anything that stands out.

6.            If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?

From a musical standpoint it would be how original our music is and how we never wrote songs to get a record deal or to become rock stars. Being part of the formation of two subgenres is what we wanted to be remembered for.  From a lyrical point I would like people to say we wrote songs that meant something.  We want them to be a wakeup call. 

7.            On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)

Can I go back and change my answer to your question number 5?  It’s really hard to answer this because our current single is a cover.  Our last song before Give Peace a Chance was called Scientists and Priest.  I would say the cover is 2000 on that scale. 

8.            What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?


                My favorite song would be Words that Echo Fear from Eyes of Tomorrow.

9.            Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, how would you achieve that?

I think you can always improve otherwise what is the point.

10.          If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?

I love Dr. Pepper

11.          You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Black if you consider it a color.  Since some don’t consider it a color, then I would say  red.

12.          Who are you inspired by?

I am inspired by truth-seekers

13.          What’s an average day like for you?

I go to sleep when the sun comes out.  I love smoking weed, drinking coffee and learning and researching things.  I listen to a ton of podcasts and read a lot. 

14.          Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?

We interact with fans on our social media pages.  We answer all the mail we get. We try and be active on all the pages and keep them informed.

15.          Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?

 Not really.

16.          Tell me about your favorite performance venues?

My favorite venue is the Metro in Chicago.  It holds about 1100 people.  The sound is great and the overall vibe is really cool.

17.          What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Make music that makes you happy.  Don’t do it because you want to be rich and famous – the odds are that won’t happen.  Make music that is original and write lyrics that mean something.  Get band members that can play their instruments. 

The band is currently writing and recording new music.

Kyriakos “Charlie” Tsiolis – Vocals
Steve Sacco – Guitar
Ray Schmidt – Drums
George Lagis – Bass

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