“Just last month, while wandering around the swelling Austin streets for SXSW, I found my way into a bar for a midday set by Kansas City prog-rock band After Nations. My ears were assaulted by some incredible – and incredibly loud – compositions. There I was, in this small little venue with only a handful of people, watching this talented trio - guitarist Andrew Elliott, bassist Tyler Mehaffey and drummer Trent Utley – shred, sweat and live in a dizzying assembly of songs that I’m tempted to call “rock symphonies,” but I know how douche-y that sounds. ” ~ Natalie Gallagher (The Pitch, Kansas City)
“We ducked in, and quickly out, of some venues, based on what was on the stage in front of us – just because it’s at South By doesn’t automatically make it good. But the “let it happen” mantra I was trying to accept did result in a few unexpected and delightful discoveries – among them, Kansas City’s own After Nations.
Made up of guitarist Andrew Elliott, bassist Tyler Mehaffey and drummer Trent Utley, After Nations was blaring some thrashy prog-rock from inside the Karma Lounge so loudly, I’m pretty sure the boys will be paying for it later. No matter. I’ve never had my face melted off so completely by a band before. Just annihilated. And for a crowd of fewer than 20 people. This is what people talk about when they talk about the “magic” of SXSW: the surprises, the coincidences, the surreal finds.” ~ Natalie Gallagher
“…they [stand] apart as a formidably unique addition to the ever-expanding instrumental prog-rock genre.”
“After Nations [proves] that enthusiasm for innovation is still fully present in the musical industry…”
“…[a] passionately spellbounding performance”
“After Nations – A band from Kansas City that is redefining prog rock. This young up-and-coming indie prog-rock trio is currently on a self-funded US tour. They came through San Jose on Friday [10.25.2013] and played in a quiet little venue where there were only maybe 10 peeps in the audience. I was floored. These guys are the real deal, playing some seriously sophisticated, authentically good shit. I hope they are packing houses in the bigger cities. Think I’m gonna keep watch of this band. They will go far! Check ‘em out:”