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Amnesty for Astronauts is a 5 piece rock / alternative band from Struthers, Ohio. A unique blend of modern alternative and hard rock with both female and male vocals.
Amnesty For Astronauts (A4A) was formed in Struthers, Ohio by Chris Byerly, Joe Carbon, Sam Silsbe, and Josh Green. The band was born from the diversity of their musical influences and genres. Major influences include Thrice, Helmet, 311, Clutch, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Killswitch Engage, Trapt, Guns N Roses, Stone Temple Pilots, Third Eye Blind, and No Doubt.
The band formed early in 2012 consisting of members Joe Carbon, Chris Byerly, and Sam Silsbe. The trio was working on a cover based project tentatively named “Shaving Lincoln” which primarily covered early 90’s rap converted in to a rock format. Josh Green joined the band in mid-2012 and the Shaving Lincoln project was set aside. Craving a new format, the band decided as a whole to pursue writing original music with no genre limitations.
The name Amnesty For Astronauts came from a discussion about bands in the new millennium having phrases for names, “Taking Back Sunday”, “Bullet For My Valentine”, “Of Monsters And Men” were a few cited examples. “Amnesty For ______” was set as the name with the “Astronauts” being added by Joe Carbon for no particular reason. The name stuck and a NASA themed logo was applied.
Aly Byerly was added early in 2013 bringing with her a plethora of new ideas. Originally a member of an Evanescence style project involving singer Josh Green and Drummer Joe Carbon, Aly was added to Amnesty For Astronauts and completed the current lineup.
Joe Carbon and Chris Byerly are both seasoned veterans of the Youngstown music scene and are former members of the band Moral Dilemma an alternative / hard rock act that was prominent in the Youngstown area.
Joe Carbon (Drums) formerly the drummer for Slander, a rap-core / metal act that was prominent in the Youngstown / Cleveland area.
Chris Byerly (Guitar) a former member of the band Relic, a metal / hard rock act that was prominent in the Youngstown / Cleveland area.
Sam Silsbe (Bass) another veteran of the Youngstown music scene is a former member of Erin’s Vineyard a metal / hard rock act that was prominent in the Youngstown / Cleveland area.
Josh Green (Vocals, Guitar) Josh is no stranger to the stage, having played many solo acoustic shows in the Youngstown area.
Aly Byerly (Vocals) Aly is a new comer to the Youngstown music scene. A former member of the band Abnormal Psyche a rock / punk act based in North Lima (along with Joe Carbon and Chris Byerly).