AFI have premiered two new songs, “Looking Tragic” and “Begging For Trouble.” Both tracks will appear on the band’s new album “Bodies,” which is set to be released on June 11. They will also be available as a limited edition 7 inch on May 28.
Davey Havok said the following about “Looking Tragic”:
“‘Looking Tragic‘ addresses the theme of overstimulation resulting in desensitisation. Melodic and driving, the song came to life quickly and immediately stood out as a track to make bodies, if not sentiments, move.”
Adam Carson added the following about “Begging For Trouble“:
“After years of receiving early versions of songs from Jade and Davey, in forms that span loosely arranged chords and scratch vocal to fully realised demos, I think I have become quite adept at knowing which songs will or will not make the record. ‘Begging For Trouble‘ was green lit, at least in my mind, the moment I heard the vocals come in. To me, the track is a cornerstone of the new record.”
“Bodies” Track Listing:
01. “Twisted Tongues”
02. “Far Too Near”
04. “On Your Back”
05. “Escape From Los Angeles”
06. “Begging For Trouble”
07. “Back From The Flesh”
08. “Looking Tragic”
09. “Death Of The Party”
10. “No Eyes”
11. “Tied To A Tree”
AFI have released two new songs, “Twisted Tongues” and “Escape From Los Angeles.” Both tracks are expected to appear on the band’s upcoming album.
Davey Havok commented:
“As I recall, ‘Twisted Tongues’ came of the ‘Blood’ era and was the first piece of music we explored on the new album. The dreaminess of the music lyrically inspired themes of unforeseen severance. It is a pining song of being set adrift by those who once feigned to share the same anchors.
Los Angeles, like most of my loves, is imbued with a darkness and radiance. Musically, ‘Escape From Los Angeles’ called for my own vantage to this classic theme of the city’s dichotomous allure.”
Jade Puget added:
“Anyone who knows our catalog knows that no two records really sit together. Some sit a little closer, maybe. We do certain things, just by virtue of who we are, that are consistent, but those things come about organically.
Every time we do something, I have to judge it on its own merits. Some fans are going to judge a new album, or a new song, based on what’s come before. But as artists, we can’t do that, because it would only hinder our creativity.”
Fans can purchase a limited edition 7 inch vinyl featuring both songs HERE.
AFI have revealed that they are planning to release a new album this year. The band said the following:
“With the end of a year that has been, at best, challenging for all, we have news that we hope may bring you some joy. Very soon, new songs shall be yours. Before the year’s end, our 11th album will follow. We could not be more happy with our latest work and hope you will feel the same. Thank you for joining us upon this next journey. We are thrilled to take it and honored to have you at our side. Pre-save here: https://riserecords.lnk.to/AFI“
AFI will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their “All Hallow’s E.P.” by reissuing the effort on vinyl on October 25. It will be available as a 10″ picture disc with the original cover art on the a side and pumpkin artwork on the b side. Pre-orders can be found HERE.
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.”