AFI have premiered a new song titled “Trash Bat.” This track is from the band’s new EP “The Missing Man,” which will be released on December 7. Jade Puget commented:
“This was the ideal song to kick off the EP. From Adam‘s big drum fill at the top all the way through to the end, it’s just a quick burst of frenetic energy. I brought the song in and was playing it for Davey and he threw out the line, ‘my Trash Bat’ and I thought, how can you lose with a title like that? What is a Trash Bat anyway? Who cares!”
AFI have premiered a new song titled “Get Dark.” This track is from the band’s new EP “The Missing Man,” which will be released on December 7.
Jade Puget said the following about the song and EP:
“I was aiming for something a little raw for ‘Get Dark‘. In fact, I used most of the vocal takes from the very first time Davey sang it, as well as some of my guitar parts from when we were writing it. The song is built on the sparseness and simplicity of the verse drum groove and guitar riff that opens up into this big anthemic chorus.
For the EP, the same idea of a certain rawness was really important to the overall vibe. I feel like it’s easy to turn out a slick, polished set of songs, but to walk that fine line between studio creation and live sound can be difficult. It’s been an intense labor of love and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
Davey Havok added the following about the track:
“From the initial performance and recording, it had a driving sense of forward movement and penetrating connection. The song’s themes of deification and deference, self-loathing and vanity, captivation and release, damage and healing, are posed in a subtle invitation to those inherently compelled to accept.”
“The Missing Man” Track Listing:
01. “Trash Bat”
02. “Break Angels”
03. “Back Into The Sun”
04. “Get Dark”
05. “The Missing Man”
In other news, the group have also booked two release shows:
12/09 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
12/10 San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
Rise Against have announced a summer headlining tour with AFI and Anti-Flag. The dates for that run can be seen below.
07/28 Toronto, ON – RBC Echo Beach
07/29 Portland, ME – State Theatre
07/31 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
08/01 New York, NY – Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
08/03 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
08/04 Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
08/05 Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony Summer Stage
08/07 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
08/09 Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids Theatre
09/06 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
09/09 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
09/11 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Bar- B- Q
09/12 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
09/13 Dallas, TX – Toyota Music Factory
09/15 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
09/16 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
09/17 Boise, ID – Revolution Concert House
09/19 Bozeman, MT – Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
09/20 Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle Event Centre
09/21 Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Expo Centre, Hall B
09/23 Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum
09/24 Seattle, WA – WaMu
09/25 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
09/28 Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
09/29 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
09/30 Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheatre
Davey Havok (AFI, Dreamcar, etc.) will release his new book “Love Fast Los Angeles” on February 6. You can check out a trailer and synopsis for that below:
“‘Love Fast Los Angeles’ tells the story of Alvin, a party photographer. His controversial, taste-making site has brought fortune and fame to hundreds, including the wild girls of the hit reality series All F’s. With a fiery, freshly broken heart, Al attempts to enact his vendetta against a former online teen heartthrob while struggling to gain the affection of disaffected socialite, Sky Monroe.”
“‘Love Fast Los Angeles’ was written and edited all over the world, and in the skies above it, but the majority of it was tapped out in a West Hollywood coffee shop. The owners and managers were kind enough to let me squat while sapping their wireless.
I began writing it immediately after ‘Pop Kids’ was finished. I was easily inspired to keep that world alive out of love for the writing process, for the pop kids themselves, and by the impact of the very real culture they represent. After taking a pause for Broadway, whilst hiding in a hole below my friend’s garage in the Hollywood Hills, I was encouraged to return to the manuscript by my dear friend and publisher.”
He also added:
“Initially I’d considered Score’s older brother to be the protagonist and the setting to be Las Vegas. When I recognized the unique character of the young party photographer, I knew Alvin had to voice this tale. I felt it would be fun to tell a modern love story below a harsh spotlight. With ‘LFLA’, as with ‘Pop Kids’, I’ve repeatedly experienced its moments come to life around me, if not identically, very close – it’s rather unnerving. In fact, just yesterday I was told of a young lady about town who speaks with Sky’s exact faux accent. This is already happening again in the very early stages of writing the third novel. No matter how extreme, life seems to match or outdo my characters.”
Preorders can be found HERE.
AFI recently called out former bassist Geoff Kresge for selling reissues of the band’s original recordings, and now he has responded to their comments. You can read his statement below.
“Dear AFI fans, friends, and family:
It’s unfortunate that the band has decided to not participate in this part of their history and in turn, make incorrect and untrue remarks about why these records exist.
To set the record straight, we HAVE indeed accounted to AFI for sales of these records, whilst the band is reporting otherwise, is unfortunate and untrue. Additionally, the DORK release is at a pre-order stage and no royalties would be due at this point.
Additionally, Key Lime Pie Records is not a joint venture, partnership or otherwise anything but a business entity solely owned by Geoff Kresge. Geoff paid for these records to be released originally, and is choosing to re-issue them, and he is completely within his rights to do so, contrary to the band’s erroneous statements.
Since the band are choosing to make incorrect and defamatory remarks about Mr. Kresge, the choice to own these records is up to you (the fans). We appreciate all the business that you have given us, and we will continue to offer you quality products in the future.”
Former AFI bassist Geoff Kresge has been selling reissues of the band’s original recordings, and the band have decided to call him out on his actions . You can read their statement below.
“Our former bass player, Geoff Kresge, is selling reissues of original AFI recordings. While we remain proud of every era of our 26 year existence, and certainly do not begrudge Geoff feeling reflective towards the four years he spent with us before he quit, we are confused why he has taken it upon himself to assume control of the shared Key Lime Pie label and release these records without notifying or consulting us.
We had always loved the fact that these releases were special limited edition items, pieces of history that we wanted to keep rare. Geoff has begun accepting pre-orders of the Dork EP and is including on it an unreleased song which he wrote no part of, without getting permission from the co-owners and songwriters. Geoff has never paid anyone in the band, including Mark Stopholese, their share of the proceeds of these sales, despite our repeated requests that he do the right thing and pay our shares.
While we do feel for what we can only assume is Geoff’s financial need, it simply is not fair for one person – a person who left the band willingly in 1996 – to benefit to the exclusion of the other owners of these recordings and writers of the songs. As fans, of course, we support your right to buy as you please, but we wanted you to know that we do not support these sales.”
AFI have announced some Australian dates with Basement and Introvert:
09/09 Sydney, AUS – Big Top
09/10 Melbourne, AUS – Forum Theatre
09/12 Adelaide, AUS – HQ
09/14 Perth, AUS – Metro City
09/16 Brisbane, AUS – Eatons Hill