AFI and Green Day announce their summer tour to begin in August

Green Day
Green Day
In a double bill that is sure to set any punk rocker’s heart aflame, AFI and Green Day have announced they will hit the road together for a late summer tour beginning August 3rd. The tour will mark another piece of joint history for the two iconic bands who both got their starts in the Nor Cal scene. While both bands have come a long way from their Gilman days the tour will give fans the chance to experience an epic night of music rooted in the East Bay!

AFI has been touring tirelessly in support of their recent release, Crash Love, and will also be headlining Bamboozle Left this coming Saturday, March 27th, in Anaheim, California. For fans who can’t make it to Bamboozle, check out AFI’s tourdates with Green Day below and keep checking www.AFireInside.net as new dates will be added soon.

August
3 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center On Sale 4/3
5 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center On Sale 4/17
9 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre On Sale 3/27
11 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live On Sale 4/9
12 Hartford, CT Comcast Theater On Sale 4/2
14 Holmdel, NJ PNC On Sale 3/26
16 Boston, MA Comcast Center On Sale 3/27
18 Toronto, ONT Molson Canadian Amphitheatre On Sale 3/27
23 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theater On Sale 3/26
26 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center On Sale 4/2
28 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheater On Sale 3/27
30 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion On Sale 4/3
31 Los Angeles, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Sale TBA

September
2 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre On Sale 4/2

Video: Behind the Scenes of AFI’s “Beautiful Thieves”

AFI
Whenever AFI unveils a video fans immediately react with questions on the video’s meaning — from hidden messages to overall themes. The premiere of the “Beautiful Thieves” was no different, and to sate fans the band has released a behind the scenes look at the video. In the six minute piece each member of AFI shares insight on the song itself, the meaning of the video, or what it’s like on the set of a video shoot. In describing the overall video lead vocalist Davey remarks, “[It] shows people actually being forced to be responsible for their actions. We implement that retribution, if you will.”

Video: AFI “Beautiful Thieves”

AFI
“Crash Love is certainly not a concept album or rock opera by any stretch, but the songs are generally connected by a greater theme… The album title itself can be construed as a command, as a destructive kind of love, or as a desire for a relationship that’s heading inevitably toward disaster or flameout. The lyrics of some songs trace an arc from adoration to the desire to tear down the object of affection. These songs are written from perspectives both sympathetic and critical, as well from both the inside the relationship and outside.”–Davey Havok

Crash Love, AFI’s eighth full length studio album, due out September 29 on DGC/Interscope, is indeed informed not only by the ever-evolving chemistry between the musicians in the band but also by the members’ personal lives and perhaps most of all by the always intense relationship between AFI and its fans. The latter has intensified considerably over the most recent of AFI’s 18 years as a band, with 2006’s decemberunderground entering the chart at #1 with first week sales of nearly 200,000 and subsequent sold out shows at the Long Beach Arena and Bill Graham Civic as well as appearances on Saturday Night Live and at Live Earth–not to mention 2003’s Sing The Sorrow going platinum. These experiences were bound to have an impact on four kids from Ukiah, California who formed a rudimentary punk band in 1991 with aspirations of playing in the SF Bay Area and possibly releasing a few singles and an LP or two.

Watch the video for “Beautiful Thieves”

AFI announce tour and “Torch Song” demo

AFI "Torch Song"On the heels of the release of their new album, Crash Love, perennial rockers AFI have announced a new string of tour dates, taking them throughout the West in January. Fans who have checked out the band’s East Coast dates have been treated night after night with a mix of old and new songs spanning AFI’s massive eight album catalog. Included as a staple each night is Crash Love and live-set opener “Torch Song,” which AFI recently released an exclusive demo of via Google’s La La music platform.

Also new from AFI will be a release of a 5 song pack on Rock Band which will be available 11/17. The downloadable addition to the game will include “Love Like Winter,” “The Leaving Song Pt. II,” and Crash Love favorites “Beautiful Thieves,” “End Transmission” and “Medicate.”

November 03 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
November 04 St Louis, MO The Pageant
November 06 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
November 07 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
November 09 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
November 10 Toronto, ONT, Canada Sound Academy
November 12 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
November 13 New York City, NY Roseland Ballroom
November 15 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
November 16 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
November 18 West Palm Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
November 19 Lake Bueuna Vista, FL House of Blues
November 21 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
November 22 Austin, TX Stubbs
December 4 Dallas, TX Nokia Theatre
December 6 Denver, CO Magness Arena
December 8 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
December 11 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
December 13 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
December 15 Winnepeg, MB Canada Winnipeg Convention Center
December 16 Saskatoon, SK, Canada Prairieland Park
December 18 Edmonton, AB, Canada Shaw Conference Center
December 19 Calgary, AB Canada Big Four Building
December 21 Victoria, BC, Canada Save On Foods Centre
January 16 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
January 18 Boise, ID The Big Easy
January 19 Missoula, MT Wilma Theater
January 21 Spokane, WA The Big Easy
January 22 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
January 24 Vancouver, BC The Commodore
January 25 Portland, OR Roseland
January 27 Fresno, CA Rainbow Ballroom
January 30 Tempe, AZ The Marque
January 31 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues

AFI – biography

AFI
AFI
Davey Havok – Vocals
Jade Puget – Guitar
Hunter Burgan – Bass
Adam Carson – Drums

“Crash Love is certainly not a concept album or rock opera by any stretch, but the songs are generally connected by a greater theme… The album title itself can be construed as a command, as a destructive kind of love, or as a desire for a relationship that’s heading inevitably toward disaster or flameout. The lyrics of some songs trace an arc from adoration to the desire to tear down the object of affection. These songs are written from perspectives both sympathetic and critical, as well from both the inside the relationship and outside.”–Davey Havok

Crash Love, AFI’s eighth full length studio album, due out September 29 on DGC/Interscope, is indeed informed not only by the ever-evolving chemistry between the musicians in the band but also by the members’ personal lives and perhaps most of all by the always intense relationship between AFI and its fans. The latter has intensified considerably over the most recent of AFI’s 18 years as a band, with 2006’s decemberunderground entering the chart at #1 with first week sales of nearly 200,000 and subsequent sold out shows at the Long Beach Arena and Bill Graham Civic as well as appearances on Saturday Night Live and at Live Earth–not to mention 2003’s Sing The Sorrow going platinum. These experiences were bound to have an impact on four kids from Ukiah, California who formed a rudimentary punk band in 1991 with aspirations of playing in the SF Bay Area and possibly releasing a few singles and an LP or two.

“The record is really more about how the great attraction to inappropriately shared intimacies, carefully constructed personas, and the loss of a sense of self can affect an entire world,” Havok explains. “As well as how this loss of self is sought after rather than resisted… With today’s media, we have such quick and pervasive access to the trivia of anyone’s lives. Everything is intensified and indulged, this desire and ability to know everything you possibly can about anyone, from what thread-count bedsheets they sleep in to whether or not they believe in ghosts.”

While Crash Love is the first AFI record to feature such prevalent sociopolitical and observational perspectives, the darkly personal AFI lyrical strain is distinctly present on standout tracks like “Medicate” and its stark portrait of a user/enabler relationship, as well as throughout the ill fated death ride scenario of “End Transmission.” Elsewhere, the newer approach shines on the self-explanatory “Darling I Want To Destroy You,” “Veronica Sawyer Smokes” with couples Jade Puget’s Smiths-esque guitar signatures with a tale of heartbreak brought on by disappointment with a teen idol, “Beautiful Thieves” with its privileged characters whose actions carry no consequences, and “Too Shy To Scream” which sets yearning, distanced adorations against the backdrop of a drumline-inspired shuffle propelled by Hunter Burgan’s bass and Adam Carson’s drumming.

Crash Love, it has to be said, features AFI’s Puget, Burgan and Carson playing at their most focused and direct. Where Sing The Sorrow and decemberunderground saw the band’s compositions increasingly steeped in atmospherics that created a moody-heavy realm that often threatened to engulf the songs, Crash Love is, according to Carson, “the sound of the four of us playing in the same room. It’s by no means stripped down but you really hear the band. Sing The Sorrow–and to certain extent decemberunderground–gave us our first experience with big budget recording, which led to some really dense arrangements, electronics, overdubs and so on. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but this time we came in with 14 songs we were playing really well and wanted to capture that energy.”

Having entered the studio with fully formed and woodshedded songs, Puget and Burgan were freed to come up with novel approaches to each of their instruments–reducing their dependence on strings, keys and other embellishments both organic and electronic. Following a writing process that Puget recalls taking “the better part of a year,” the band convened in late 2008 with producers Joe McGrath and Jacknife Lee to begin work in earnest on what would become Crash Love. “We don’t jam,” Puget explains. “But we had the material so completely formed by the time we began recording that we were able to do things more on the fly this time, to concentrate on sounds as well as performance, to contribute anything that worked, that made a sound that was interesting. So we ended up with sort of a ‘Shabby Chic’ recording aesthetic: The sounds we came up with separately could be really rough and abrasive but assembled together they created an end result that was really beautiful.”

Carson adds, “Personally I’m more interested in the way AC/DC sounds big: Tones that are really big but don’t necessarily need a stadium, that sound just as big in an 800 capacity club.”

Carson speaks from experience. Having co-founded AFI with Havok in 1991, he’s seen his share of clubs that size and considerably smaller.

Within a year of forming, the original AFI lineup pressed up about 200 copies of the split 7-inch Dork with fellow Ukiah High students Loose Change (of which future AFI guitarist Puget was a member). A smattering of singles, EPs and compilation tracks followed, as did the early AFI albums Answer That And Stay Fashionable (Wingnut, 1995) and Very Proud of Ya (Nitro, 1996), all showcasing a youthfully exuberant, often sophomoric East Bay hardcore punk style that began to cultivate a following as the band hit the road, playing virtually anywhere in the world that would have them.

The first hints of AFI’s more diverse and mature current direction would appear on the band’s third album and first to feature Burgan on bass, Shut Your Mouth And Open Your Eyes (Nitro, 1997) and the subsequent A Fire Inside EP (Adeline, 1998). It would be one more year, however, until the present AFI lineup and sound would truly coalesce with the addition of guitarist Puget and the release of fourth album Black Sails In The Sunset and the All Hallows EP (both Nitro, 1999). Another year later, fifth album The Art of Drowning (Nitro, 2000) would provide a breakthrough, as the fully realized and unmistakable AFI sound already having built a following in the hundreds of thousands, would receive its first taste of mainstream exposure as that record’s “Days Of The Phoenix” found its way onto modern rock playlists.

With sixth album Sing The Sorrow (Dreamworks, 2003), AFI made an exceedingly ambitious leap forward, enlisting co-producers the late Jerry Finn and Butch Vig and expanding their musical palette in all directions: First single “Girl’s Not Grey” represented the band’s most infectious “pop” moment up to that point and became a bona fide hit, while live favorite “Death Of Seasons” incorporated pounding industrial rhythms and mournful choruses before dissolving into a cacophony of screaming anguish. Elsewhere on the record, “Silver And Cold” provided bittersweet balladic verses that exploded into an irresistible chorus, while “Leaving Song Part 2” and “Dancing Through Sunday” showed the familiar AFI chant-along choruses to be as fierce and frantic as ever, even while couched in increasingly sophisticated musicianship.

As with AFI’s previous surges forward, their dedicated legions of fans made the leap with them as new ones joined in droves: Sing The Sorrow sold in excess of one million copies in the U.S. and “Girl’s Not Grey” won the 2003 MTV2 Viewers Choice award. Critics joined in for the first time as well, with best of 2003 accolades awarded by the likes of the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, GUITAR WORLD, SPIN and REVOLVER, as well as from longtime supporters ALTERNATIVE PRESS.

“I was completely in awe then and still am now,” Burgan recalls. “It all seemed to have come naturally from our efforts and honestly that’s really hard for me to comprehend.”

The band was stunned yet again when the sixth AFI album, decemberunderground (Interscope, 2006), released on 6-6-06, stormed into the U.S. album chart at #1, selling 182,000 in its first week and unseating the Dixie Chicks from their multiple week perch atop the charts. Also produced by the late, lamented Finn, decemberunderground yielded the band’s biggest anthem to date, “Miss Murder,” which went on to be named #7 in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’s 10 best songs of 2006 and #15 in ROLLING STONE’s 100 best songs of the year. Other decemberunderground tracks that instantly assumed fan classic status alongside longtime AFI fan favorites included the frigidly beautiful “Love Like Winter,” the hyper aggressive “Kill Caustic,” and the infectiously melodic “Summer Shudder” and “The Missing Frame.” decemberunderground went on to sell over a million copies, providing AFI with its second consecutive platinum album, as the band sold out venues on the level of California’s Long Beach Arena and San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Center, made its debut appearance on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and played the New Jersey installation of 2007’s Live Earth festival.

The members of AFI readily acknowledge the debt their success story owes to their fiercely local following, The Despair Faction. AFI and The Despair Faction have long enjoyed an intimate relationship that goes beyond more conventional fan club perks such as exclusive merchandise and ticket pre-sales to soundcheck parties regularly organized and attended by DF members who come bearing gifts ranging from homemade AFI artwork, clothing and other keepsakes to vegan baked goods for Havok and Burgan. “They’re not really a fan club per se,” says Puget. “The Despair Faction was conceived to be more interactive than that, to have more of a direct connection with us.”

This connection was inverted and intensified with the Begin Transmission experiment that took place during the recording of Crash Love. AFI solicited videos from the band’s fans, each giving a glimpse into the life of the video’s maker, with the understanding that a handful of entrants would be chosen to contribute backing vocals to the new record. Havok, Carson, Burgan and Puget personally went through over a thousand entries, ultimately choosing six winners who were then notified in person by longtime AFI tour manager Smith Puget and flown to Los Angeles to guest on Crash Love (where they can be heard prominently on the “Flash Flash Car Crash” refrains of “I’m Trying Very Hard To Be Here,” for example). Honorable mention runners-up each received handmade Valentine’s Day cards from members of AFI.

“We turned the dynamic around,” says Burgan, who was voted Top Music Twitterer in this year’s Shorty Awards. “We looked into the lives of the fans. Real people doing real things. It was very interesting to see who’s out there, what they’re feeling and what they’re doing with their lives. They already know who we are, so it was good to get to know them for a change.”

Carson adds, “The idea was to engage the fans and make them a part of the process. I didn’t expect to be so floored by the effort that went into these kids’ videos of their lives. It was a great state of the union, so to speak. And we came away from it feeling that much more of a bond with them.”

If the quality of Crash Love is any indication, that bond will only continue to intensify. “I am so proud of this record,” Havok concludes. “I really believe it’s the best AFI record. It honestly feels like we’ve made our first truly timeless record. We didn’t set out to do that–you can’t set out to do something like that–but it definitely feels like that’s what we’ve achieved: created the album by which we’ll be remembered.”

AFI preview new song and behind the scenes video

AFI
AFI
With “Crash Love,” the forthcoming album from AFI, due out in just twenty days and “Medicate” climbing the radio charts, the band is giving fans a preview of another track off the new record as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the recording process. For the song “I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here” AFI enlisted the help of their fans for the track’s gang vocals. Staying true to form AFI went to their fans, the backbone of the band, and asked them to submit short videos about themselves for a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles and to sing on one of the songs from CRASH LOVE. Fans heard the call, and they answered and thus the Begin Transmission series was born. Watch as AFI welcomes six fans into the studio to record “I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here” from CRASH LOVE, in stores September 29.

AFI has also just launched their newly redesigned website, www.AFireInside.net, with gold artwork reflecting the forthcoming release. Fans can now connect with the band via Twitter from the site as well as get the latest news, photos, video, tour dates and more. For even more from AFI fans can also visit www.MySpace.com/AFI and www.facebook.com/AFireInside. Pre-order CRASH LOVE now on iTunes and receive AFI’s latest single, “Medicate.”

Begin Transmission – I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here

AFI to release “Crash Love”

AFI
AFI
Davey Havok, Jade Puget, Hunter Burgan and Adam Carson, collectively known as AFI, will release their eighth studio album, CRASH LOVE, September 29th on DGC/Interscope Records. Produced by Joe McGrath (Alkaline Trio, Green Day) and Jacknife Lee (U2, Weezer), CRASH LOVE is possibly AFI’s most focused, direct and ambitious effort to date. “I am so proud of this record. I really believe it’s the best AFI record. It honestly feels like we’ve made our first truly timeless record. We didn’t set out to do that–you can’t set out to do something like that–but it definitely feels like that’s what we’ve achieved: created the album by which we’ll be remembered,” expressed front man Havok. With an album full of standout tracks including “Medicate,” “Veronica Sawyer Smokes,” “End Transmission,” “Beautiful Thieves” and more AFI is poised to do just that, be remembered.

CRASH LOVE, the follow up to platinum albums Sing The Sorrow (2003) and DECEMBERUNDERGROUND (2006), will hit stores September 29th while the first taste of single “Medicate” lands on airwaves and the Internet on August 25th. “Medicate” will be made available for sale digitally on 8/25 and CRASH LOVE will also be available for pre-order on the same day at iTunes. Fans who pre-order the album from iTunes will also receive the exclusive bonus track, “Breathing Towers to Heaven,” an unreleased demo from the CRASH LOVE sessions.

In support of the forthcoming album AFI will head out on the road, the band’s second home, beginning this October in the United States. For more information on AFI, including the latest news, tour dates, and more visit www.AFireInside.net, www.MySpace.com/AFI or www.facebook.com/AFireInside and stay connected with the band on Twitter @AFI.

AFI TOUR DATES
10/02 – Minneapolis, MN – Epic w/ Gallows
10/04 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall w/ Gallows
10/05 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s w/ Gallows
10/07 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom w/ Gallows
10/08 – Clifton Park, NJ – Northern Lights w/ Gallows
10/10 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom w/ Gallows
10/11 – Pittsburgh – Club Zoo w/ Gallows
10/13 – Hartford, CT – The Webster w/ Gallows
10/14 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel w/ Gallows
10/19 Richmond, VA – The National w/ Gallows
10/21 Scranton, PA – Scranton Cultural Center
10/25 Boston, MA – House of Blues
11/03 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
11/04 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
11/06 Kansas, MO – Uptown Theatre
11/07 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre

CRASH LOVE
1. Torch Song
2. Beautiful Thieves
3. End Transmission
4. Too Shy To Scream
5. Veronica Sawyer Smokes
6. OK, I feel Better Now
7. Medicate
8. I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here
9. Sacrilege
10. Darling, I Want To Destroy You
11. Cold Hands
12. It Was Mine

AFI returns to the road for more U.S. tour dates

AFI will return to the road for its first live shows in the U.S. since its July 7, 2007 appearance at Live Earth. The eight-date run of club and theater shows will commence October 2, immediately following the September 29 release of the band’s brand new album, CRASH LOVE, on DGC/Interscope.

Produced by Joe McGrath and Jacknife Lee, CRASH LOVE is AFI’s eighth album and arguably the band’s most focused, direct and ambitious effort to date. CRASH LOVE follows up two consecutive platinum AFI albums, 2006’s DECEMBERUNDERGROUND which entered the U.S. chart at #1 and 2003’s SING THE SORROW. AFI’s discography also includes the full lengths THE ART OF DROWNING (2000), BLACK SAILS IN THE SUNSET (1999), SHUT YOUR MOUTH & OPEN YOUR EYES (1997), VERY PROUD OF YA (1996) and ANSWER THAT AND STAY FASHIONABLE (1995).

For further information, see below or check www.afireinside.net

AFI OCTOBER 2009 DATES:

10/02 – Minneapolis, MN – Epic

10/04 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

10/05 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s

10/07 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

10/08 – Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights

10/10 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

10/13 – Hartford, CT – The Webster

10/14 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

AFI’s “Crash Love” close to being finished

Davey Havok, Jade Puget, Hunter Burgan and Adam Carson, collectively known as AFI, will be releasing their eight studio album, “Crash Love”, later this year on Interscope Records.

The band and producer Joe McGrath were recently joined at Los Angeles’ Conway Studios by the winners of the recent Begin Transmission contest, in which the band members personally went through thousands of fan-made video submissions and chose a handful of entrants to
contribute backing vocals to the new album.

The members of AFI also chose Honorable Mentions from the Begin Transmission contestants, each of whom received a handmade Valentines Day card by the member of AFI who chose him or her.

AFI will play its first live show of 2009 June 20 at Edgefest in Toronto. Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 28.

CRASH LOVE follows up two consecutive platinum AFI albums, 2006’s DECEMBERUNDERGROUND and 2003’s SING THE SORROW. AFI’s discography also includes the full lengths THE ART OF DROWNING (2000), BLACK SAILS IN THE SUNSET (1999), SHUT YOUR MOUTH & OPEN YOUR EYES (1997), VERY PROUD OF YA (1996) and ANSWER THAT AND STAY FASHIONABLE (1995).

AFI invites fans to perform on their new record

AFI is inviting its fans, as vocalist Davey Havok puts it, “to be a part of the record, very literally. We’d like to invite you to come and sing on this new record that we’re making.”

AFI - group photo
AFI - group photo

Havok, guitarist Jade Puget, bassist Hunter and drummer Adam Carson are asking fans to submit videos (maximum two minutes in length), providing personal background, interests, etc. ultimately proving why he or she should be chosen to be a part of the new AFI album.

Submissions will be accepted at Begintransmission.afireinside.net from Saturday, December 20th through Sunday, January 4th. The band will watch each and every entry and will choose five winners to sing on a track on the new record. One additional winner will be chosen by AFI fans who will be able to vote on submissions posted at the AFI site.

AFI’s as yet untitled eighth record follows up DECEMBERUNDERGROUND, which was released on 6/6/06, debuted at #1 on the U.S. album chart, and went on to sell over a million copies. By January 2007, AFI had taken home an MTV Video Music Award (Best Rock Video for “Miss Murder”), scaled the year end best lists of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, ROLLING STONE, BLENDER, ALTERNATIVE PRESS, SPIN and REVOLVER, and made a debut appearance on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.