Tuesday, August 25, 2009

AFI in September Rock Sound Issue

AFI is featured in the September 2009 issue of Rock Sound, onsale now. The article has several interesting quotes from Davey about Crash Love. Here’s the stuff we didn’t already know:

“This album has been war,” lead singer Davey Havok admitted to Rock Sound, laughing about the time spent in the trenches creating their latest work. “Every time we go to make a record we want to make something new and fresh, we really want to push and move forward from where we were last.”

For ‘Crash Love’ the band wrote somewhere near 70 songs, filtered them, and recorded three quarters of the album with producer David Bottrill (Tool, Placebo, Coheed and Cambria) before realising the songs didn’t sound right.

“It wasn’t exactly what we were looking for,” Havok explained. “We didn’t think we were going to be able to achieve what we wanted, so we moved on, we kept the songs as they were and started recording them again with new people in a new studio.” The band went to producer Joe McGrath (Morrissey, Alkaline Trio, Blink 182) and came out with a record that was, in Havok’s words, “very alive and with very unique tones.”

Lyrically the album is also a departure for the band. “It’s very different to what I historically touch upon,” Havok conceded. “Most of my lyrics in the past have been very retrospective and brooding, songs about my personal feelings at the time. This record is really more of a commentary on the cult of celebrity, looking at how society desires artists to become celebrities. It’s about the desires that create and maintain certain types of celebrity but it’s not nessecarily an indictment.”

Many thanks to Sammy for the transcription!

Note: On June 30, 2010 AFI News HQ was hacked and all posts were deleted. This is one of the posts that was affected. The text here was imported from a backup, but all of the original comments are gone and the author credited below is only responsible for reposting in most cases.

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