Talking with local band The Second After

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Talking with local band The Second After

Photo Courtesy of Revival Recordings (

Photo Courtesy of Revival Recordings (

Photo Courtesy of Revival Recordings (


Local band The Second After has recently been making waves. The band consists of Michael Greason (vocals), Ryan McDonald (drums), Nolan Shambley (bass), and Alfred Williamson (guitar/vocals). Originating from Durham, NC, the pop-punk band has been making music since 2015. At the end of 2017, The Second After signed to Revival Records and released a new EP, Treadmill at the Finish Line. They are currently on a West Coast tour with SayWeCanFly. I was able to interview band members Michael and Alfred and ask about their lives as musicians.

How would you describe your sound?

Michael- Energetic.

Alfred- It’s pop-punk if you were to put it into one category. It’s kinda different too, we try to make them really boppy. Right?

Michael- Yeah, boppy is good. Boppy pop-punk. We want people to be able to jump.

Alfred- We want it to be really fun to go to a show. We’re just trying to make it our thing.

What artists do you take inspiration from?

Alfred- Four Year Strong, Knuckle Puck, Neck Deep, State Champs, early All Time Low.

Michael- Acoustic stuff I get inspiration from Death Cab for Cutie, is a big one. Say You Can Fly,

Alfred- Say You Can Fly, just gotta plug that in because we’re on tour with them.

What is your favorite part of being a musician?

Michael- Seeing people be happy when they hear it, and be happy at shows and have a good time.

Alfred- Yeah, that’s the most pleasure I get out of it.  When we’re at a show, and just meeting everyone that all had a good time with us.

Michael- Yeah, it’s the best feeling.

Alfred- Especially new people who have never heard of us.

Michael- And hanging out with the boys, of course.


Yeah we’re best friends so it’s super fun being able to hang out with your best friends every day. It’s the life, you know?”

— Alfred

What has been your best experience as a musician so far?

Alfred- I remember, for me, one of our best moments was our first headliner, at Cat’s Cradle, and finding out a couple days before that it was almost sold out. That was a crazy feeling. And also this tour, being our first tour as an opener on a good package every day, making good friends with everyone.

Michael- Especially after touring a lot and now we’re touring on a bigger one and it’s…

Alfred- professional every day.

How do you hope to impact your audience?

Alfred- It’s mostly about positivity and being happy, having that outlook on life and being able to come to a show to express that with everyone around you.

Michael- I just want people to be so genuinely full of joy that they want to tell other people about us.

Alfred- If the show can give you that mindset and feeling then you can put that everywhere in life.

What are your goals as a band?

Alfred- Just keep on getting to the next level. Now, I’m really really happy with where we are and I obviously wanna keep growing.

Michael- Yeah.

Alfred- I feel like being really really happy with the state we are now and with the climb to where we’re trying to get to next is super important.

Michael- Just writing new music all the time that we love, and that other people will hopefully love.

Alfred- It’s growing together as a group and growing with people who like our music.

When did you realize that you wanted to be a musician?

Michael- I was probably in 8th grade. I’d been playing guitar for a while and I was having some home troubles and so I would just lock myself in my room and write songs.

Alfred- Yeah it’s kinda the same thing for me too. In 8th grade I figured out that I really like music and think I went to my first concert when my parents let me in 12th grade, I saw All Time Low and I was just like this is so much fun, it’s so much fun interacting with everyone, I just want to do that.

How do you deal with performance anxiety?

Michael- 2 years ago and I fell on the drum kit and I just remember looking up and Ryan was playing the drum kit and just seeing him looking at me and smiling while he was playing and I was like “Man, this is the worst thing that could ever happen, so I’m pretty much good now.”

How did you become The Second After?

Michael- We played probably like a year or two as a hardcore band, and then every time we wrote a song I’d always joke around and write a pop-punk song. Eventually, we started playing pop-punk. We probably played shows for three months or so and we ended up having to drop one of our guitar players so Alfred, this guy right here, sent me a message on Facebook.

Alfred- We hung out and I learned one of their songs… It just clicked the first day. And then I thought that everything was going super well. I never had a band like this, so this is gonna be great. But the last thing was if we play a show, is it gonna be good? And then we played a show! We played with Say You Can Fly- the best show of my life at that point. Everything clicked, this was going to be the Second After.

Can you explain your songwriting process?

Michael- We all write on our own but we try to get everyone involved as we can on the songs.

Alfred- We literally listen and critique every part of it

For the people reading this, what’s the best way to check out your music?

Alfred- Spotify, Apple Music, Social media…

Michael- Come to a show!


Keep up with the band on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Check out their music on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Prime!

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