AFI debuts 'Burials'
"Burials" helped AFI rise above the fray in 2013, the band's ninth studio album bowing October 22 via Republic Records and spawning a headlining tour that took the group in a zig-zag pattern across North America.
Of the album, vocalist Davey Havok said in a statement, "This record is of silence, of burials, and the burials that result from that silence. It's of betryal, cruelty, weakness, anxiety, panic – deep and slow – despair, injury and loss. And in this it is shamefully honest and resolutely unforgiving."
If it sounds a little gloomy, keep in mind these guys are dark rockers and rolled into their album announcement behind the release of the first single "I Hope You Suffer." The video for the song contained shots of the band performing the song in black and white, fitting the mood, and it held until the follow-up track "17 Crimes" rolled out on August 6. An EDM remix of that song was also included on the soundtrack to the film "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones."
The band's latest single, "A Deep Slow Panic" was made available for streaming on the website for Spin, along with a new interview from the band on October 10, 2013. By that point, AFI was a month into its tour, which started off at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Minn., and trekked through Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado before targeting the East Coast. The guys finally wrapped on November 2 in Vancouver, British Columbia after playing the famed Commodore Ballroom.
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The members of AFI, which stands for "A Fire Inside," probably didn't anticipate the slow burn of their music career. Formed in 1991 as an alternative rock band, they didn't reach a threshold for success until the album "Sing the Sorrow" went platinum in 2003.
The band came together with its four founding members – vocalist Davey Havok, guitarist Markus Stopholese, bassist Vic Chalker and drummer Adam Carson – still in high school. After splitting up to attend different colleges, audience response at one reunion show prompted the guys to quit school to play music full time. They issued several singles before landing a record deal, and the band cranked out three albums in its first three years despite a number of personnel changes.
It was "The Art of Drowing," AFI's fifth LP, which set the stage for their coming success. It was their first album to chart in the Billboard 200, and their music attracted an ever-growing audience on the success of the single "Days of the Phoenix." Then came "Sing the Sorrow," their major-label debut for DreamWorks and the catalyst for the band's ascent into the mainstream. The follow-up, "Decemberunderground," debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and launched a summer-long tour and a string of overseas performances.
Though AFI hasn't put out new music since 2009's "Crash Love," they toured the UK with Sick of It All and The Dear and Departed the same year. The band also supported Green Day on their summer 2010 tour. Rumors about the band splitting up in 2011 also proved to a hoax.
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AFI Tickets & Tour Dates Concerts Videos AFI Tour Californian rock band AFI (aka A Fire Inside) is back and ready to rock even harder. The band has just given fans a sneak peek of their ninth studio release, Burials (out October 22), with the single 'I Hope You Suffer", and they've released a list…Read more
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