Life of the Afterparty

  • Genre
  • Rock
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2020 Nominee★ Rock ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Winner★ Punk/Post-punk ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ New Artist ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Punk/Post-punk ★
  • Musicians
    • Adam Shilts — lead guitar
    • Jordan Parrish — drums
    • Zack Zaballos — rhythm guitar, vocals
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Q & A

All-time favorite song?


Zack: "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers. Adam:

"Waiting" by Green Day.

Jordan: "Trees" by Twenty One Pilots.

How do you describe your music to people?


Primarily alternative rock/punk with catchy, fast, edgy riffs, smooth vocals and energetic drums. We also try to extend genre boundaries as much as possible though, and our music will continue to become less predictable as time goes on, as we try to bring as many new ideas to the table as possible. That’s what music’s all about, after all.

Tell us about how the band formed.


The three of us met in an ensemble class at Folsom Lake College in the spring semester of 2018. Zack and Adam began writing together, and when the prospect of becoming a full band came up, they approached Jordan about becoming the drummer. They joined together under the name Life of the Afterparty that May.

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.


Our best show was at Shine Coffee. We played with Roland Tonies and The New Crowns. The place was packed, and the energy there was just incredible.

Tell us about your worst gig.


While of our gigs have been strictly bad, the most disappointing show we’ve ever played was at The Silver Orange. We were set to play a benefit show with We Are The Empty and Casual Friday (who were on tour all the way from Los Angeles). Not a single person showed up, so it ended up turning into an extended jam session/showcase. While it was disappointing from a gigging perspective, it was still fun to hang out with the other musicians.

What artist or band are you a little embarrassed to love, and why?


Zack: Nickleback. They get a lot of hate for no reason.

Adam: Harry Styles. [His debut] album has some great singles and surprises me, but I still get them looks.

Jordan: I generally try not to feel embarrassed about my tastes in music, as art is subjective and all that, but boy does it sure seem like people hate Imagine Dragons.

What was the first song you learned to play?


Zack: "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple.

Adam: "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" by Green Day.

Jordan: "Seven Nation Army" The White Stripes.

What's next for the band?


We’re in the final stages of creating our very first album. While we can’t make any promises, it should be ready for release around April. Fingers crossed. Other than that, we intend to just keep on playing as many local shows as posssible, and we have plans to potentially do a small California tour come summer.

What's the story behind the band name?


It comes from the title of a Fall Out Boy song. Zack misremembered “The (After) Life of the Party” as “Life or the Afterparty.” We thought that sounded kinda cool, so we put it on the list of potential band names, and here we are.

What's your favorite local artist/group?


Free Candy!, Short Trip, Roland Tonies and Flight Mongoose.

Who are your biggest influences?


Zack: The Struts.

Adam: Green Day.

Jordan: Foo Fighters.

Who first inspired you to play music?


Zack: I guess you could say Billie Joe Armstrong. There are a lot of artists who have inspired me to do music, but Billie Joe is probably the biggest.

Adam: My dad had gotten me tickets to see The Killers when I was 11-years-old. After seeing them live, I would go into my room, blast their music and lip-sync to their songs while playing on a Guitar Hero guitar. Once I got into high school, I enrolled in a guitar class. The rest is history.

Jordan: Ringo Starr. My family went through a huge Beatles craze when I was around 10, and after watching all the movies, I realized that Ringo was by far my favorite. So I started taking drum lessons and I fell in love with it.

Words to live by?


Adam: Never let someone tell you there’s a certain way to write music. Creativity and freedom is what makes it something worth loving.

Jordan: Don’t worry about what other people think when it comes to your own interests. It’s your life, and you’re the only one who gets to decide how you’re gonna enjoy it.

Zack: There’s always time for a new musician to start. Don’t let uncertainty stop you from showing everyone what you’re capable of. Keep the dream alive and don’t stop, so that there is a chance for everyone else in the world to have an inspiration.

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