AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget form hardcore band: XTRMST

Some people say punk is dead. Whoever these hypothetical people are though, they’re clearly not AFI‘s members, Davey Havok and Jade Puget. The pair have formed a straight-edge hardcore band, XTRMST and this week released four tracks, available to stream from the band’s recently created website.

Have a listen here..

RC xx

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Stream ‘No Resurection’ From AFI

Well I for one could not be more excited about AFI’s new album ‘Burials’ coming out in two days! (Its just a shame there’s no UK tour dates so far *hint hint*).

Anyway, you can have a listen to a new track  ‘No Resurrection’ from our favourite goth-punk boys below. Go on, there’s nothing better to do on a rainy Sunday evening..

RC xx

AFI Release New Single ’17 Crimes’ And Announce Album Release

So AFI have carried on with the single releases, one after the other.. We had ‘I Hope You Suffer’ just the other week and now they’ve put the track for ’17 Crimes’ out. Its an interesting way of building up to the album I guess? I wonder if we’ll have all the tracks out by the release date for ‘Burials’?

Anyway, this one’s still not convinced me to pre-order the album (out October 22nd) yet, but I’m sure I’ll get around to it..

Any thoughts on the single?

RC xx

New AFI Video ‘I Hope You Suffer’

I know I basically covered this before with the lyric video, but every new AFI video is a must-watch really. This one’s a suitabley moody affair, complete with lots of dark eye contact, drawn faces and screaming from mr Davey Havok himself. If you’re a fan, you’ll probably love this already. If you’re not, you clearly haven’t listened to them enough.

Check out the official video ‘I Hope You Suffer’:

RC xx

New Music Monday – AFI ‘I Hope You Suffer’

So while I was having a lovely long birthday weekend (it was great, thanks for asking..) it seems I missed out on something pretty important! After a couple of months of ring-esque teaser videos, the amazing AFI have finally released a stream of their new single ‘I Hope You Suffer’.

As always with AFI, its never going to be ‘Sing The Sorrow’ all over again. (Which was, in my opinion, a pretty perfect album from the band). However, it sound like the band are steering back towards their heavier sound which always carried more passion and impact than the slightly more celebrity-focused releases of late..

Have a listen!

RC xx

Book Review: Davey Havok’s ‘Pop Kids’

Being a pretty big AFI fan, I was really excited to read the lead singer, Davey Havok‘s debut novel ‘Pop Kids’. To summarise, its the story of the young famed-obsessed Michael Massi, a self-proclaimed straight edge vegan growing up in a small town in California. Rebelling against his meat eating Italian parents, Christian neighbours and outcast social status, he sets up film nights in an abandoned theatre, dreaming of propelling himself to the heights of reality TV stars and the bright lights of LA.

I’m sure I’m not the only person who began reading this and immediately thought of Havok writing himself as the lead. Written in first person, its hard to differentiate the character’s thoughts from that of the author. The references to AFI’s lyrics are also easy to spot (for those of us who’ve listened enough), the Phoenix Theatre, the ‘candle wax and dried up flowers’.

I’ll be honest. I didn’t find the lead character likeable. I found him increasingly unlikeable. Without giving away too much of the plot, his judgements on women, criticising a friend’s girlfriend for refusing to perform OJ (oral joy, as he calls it..), then his obsession with the vegan blonde Becca, who he admires for her purity, whilst applauding Stella for her impurity. It’s vaguely hypocritical. Oh, and the constant referencing to clothing brands. Not being American, many times I had to Google the name, just to find out which item he was actually referring to.

Havok’s music taste, I’ll allow without judgement. Michael’s neverending quest for fame though, just feels cheap. I want him reach into the book and ask him why he needs it so much. Why he’s risking everything he has for it. Why he’s so devoted to the vapid Stella.

Feeling worlds apart from Michael, its hard for me to understand his goals. He grew up with the LA stars on the horizon, I grew up with the faint glow of London. Perhaps I’m simply more grounded in reality. Perhaps some are just born with loftier ambitions. Either way, the dissosociated youth presented in the novel is quite detached from my own experience. I can imagine his world exists, somewhere. Maybe at the parties I wasn’t invited to, amongst the ‘cool’ kids that I never fitted with.

It was a great relief when I read that the author doesn’t see himself as the lead either. I’m afraid I was starting to pass judgement on him, based on the character. However, its done nothing to deter the idea that I missed out on a lot in my teen years..

RC xx

From The Vault – AFI

I’ve loved Califonian “goth punks” AFI for years now (and have been lucky enough to meet the very charming guys too).

This has to be one my favourite songs of theirs, taken from (arguably) their best album ‘Sing The Sorrow’. The video really captures the energy and passion of the band, plus their connection to their devoted fans, the Despair Faction.

What are they up to now?

Vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget have an electro side project, Blaqk Audio, who’ve just released their new album ‘Bright Black Heaven’.

Bassiest Hunter Burgan has a side project, Hunter Revenge and drummer Adam Carson is involved in a new band, The Reckless Kind.

AFI’s most recent release is ‘Crash Love’, which came out in 2009.