Artists Dana Castronova, a third year
Industrial Design major, and Chris
Baldauf, a third year Applied Networking
and Systems Administration major.
Castronova and Baldauf clearly remember
the first song they ever played together:
“Sink, Florida, Sink” by Against Me!. With
that in mind came the memory of how they
chose the name Before, During, and After.
“It was our first open mic night and we had
no idea what we were going to be called.
But everybody else had a cool name,
so we were looking around for ideas,”
said Castronova. Baldauf then chimed
in, “And lo and behold, in the center of the
table, there was an advertisement for wings
before, during, and after a game.” Although
the name has humble beginnings, Baldauf
joked that they gave it a deeper meaning.
Before, During, and After plays a variety
of genres, ranging from pop to alternative
rock. Armed with a pair of acoustic
guitars and Castronova’s smooth voice,
they dominate the stage with both
covers and originals. With their choice of
catchy songs and campy commentary,
their performances made me feel as if I
had just seen Jack Johnson play.
Before, During and After seems to stick
to the upbeat, keeping things light and
having fun while providing something
contagious for their audiences.
“Dumb Pop Song,” originally by Lucky
Boys Confusion, is their favorite cover
to perform. Their setlist also includes
countless covers of ’80s and ’90s throwbacks,
including “Centerfold” by the J. Geils
Band. However, Castronova and Baldauf
also enjoy writing music, mostly for
their other bands. Sometimes they test
their creations out at open mic nights
before moving them to other venues.
Previous to forming Before, During, and
After, Castronova and Baldauf were both
members of other bands. Castronova’s
band with his high school friends,
called My Favorite Enemy, still plays
periodically. Unfortunately, Balauf’s
other band, Eddie Always Wins, is on
permanent hiatus. “Eddie always won but
Eddie’s losing right now because Eddie is
not together anymore,” cracked Balauf.
When asked why they enjoy playing,
Castronova was quick to reply, “Chicks would
dig us!” However, Baldauf clarified, “Well, not
necessarily RIT chicks, just chicks in general.”
Before, During, and After has played in
many venues from CAB’s Open Mic Night at
the RITz to the Commons to events of their
own. “We honestly didn’t even envision being
called to play shows after we played that first
open mic night. We just went up there and
played because it was fun,” explained Balauf.
Although Before, During, and After has
no set performances at the moment,
they will definitely be performing at the
next CAB Open Mic Night at the RITz.