Friday, December 31, 2010

Update: 2011

First of all, happy new year! We hope you all have a great year in 2011 and stay committed to your new year's resolutions!

In 2010 many things happened in the AFI world, with tours ranging from the West Coast to Japan, Australia, Europe, a few brief stints on the East Coast and last but not least, a tour with Green Day in August that gained a fair share of new fans.

Of course where would we be without mentioning that AFI kicked off 2010 with their first show in 8 years at The Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, CA, with support from Ceremony (Ceremony also opened the rest of the January tour) and Wolves and Thieves? It is after all, the closest thing they have to a hometown venue. AFI's performance there symbolized more than just another show for them. Hunter casually strolled into the lobby of the venue accompanied by his former bandmates from The Force only half an hour after the show ended to chat with fans. Everyone was relaxed. Adam made a brief visit as well. It was definitely a great kickoff for the year 2010.

Things only got better, AFI played Soundwave Festival in Australia along with Gallows, Jane's addiction and many other bands. The festival tour ended with Adam performing in a drum circle during the last set Jane's Addiction was playing on the tour, which Adam has stated is one of the highlights of his life.

In March AFI toured the Southeast with Scarlet Grey and The Loved Ones, and at the end of the month a show at Slim's in San Fransisco, where they played several songs that hadn't been played in years, including Coin Return and Theory of Revolution. It also marked the return of ...But Home is Nowhere to occasional setlists. AFI Went on to tour Europe in April, making stops in the UK with Sick of it All and Dear & Departed. Italy, Germany, Austria and for the first time ever, Poland where they were called back for a second encore by dedicated Polish fans!

A brief May and June tour of 6 or 7 dates followed, then a few months to rest before the Green Day tour. The tour kicked off on August 3rd in New Jersey, with AFI performing 11 songs. This was the longest set on the tour, every show after that date had only 10 songs, no songs older than 2003 were played. A stop at Lollapalooza on August 7th was included with a 14 song setlist, and a few oldies mixed in. The tour can be viewed as a mild success for AFI as a few fans were gained. A month after the tour started, on September 4th, the Crash Love era officially ended.

Fast forward to October 29th, Blaqk Audio played their first show since 2008 at the Cow Palace in San Fransisco, followed by one in San Diego the next night. On January 6th they will perform at Popscene, again in San Fransisco. Meanwhile, Bright Black Heaven is on hold as it is rumored Blaqk Audio was dropped from Interscope Records a few months ago.

As we enter our third year this February we plan on continuing to bring you news, interviews, contests and more from AFI and Blaqk Audio during 2011 as AFI's only official fansite and news source! Thank you for sticking with us throughout 2010 and continuing on into 2011 and beyond!

Davey and Jade at Melkweg, Amsterdam 8/26/09. Image used with permission from Nadia Natario. Please do not copy or use this image without her consent.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

DOWNLOAD: Dancing Through Sunday instrumental!

Hi guys,

After seeing already an "instrumental" on the net for this song (although it actually has vocals), I decided I'd make an upgrade with a better quality rip, and this one is actually an instrumental (no vocals at all!)

Dancing Through Sunday, ripped from Guitar Hero 6 (Warriors of Rock)

Right click, save as!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Adeline Records Sale

Adeline Records, the label that put out all versions of A Fire Inside EP and Sing the Sorrow on red vinyl is having a holiday sale! Many items in their store are 25% off until December 31st. However, items will not ship until January 5th. To get your discount, use the promo code "takeit"

One of the items on sale is A Fire Inside EP! This means the CD version is only $3.37 and the vinyl version is $5.25.

In related news, Interpunk has A Fire Inside EP (vinyl) for only $4.75.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Welcome To Our New Affiliate!

We have a new affiliate, Schwarze Segel, a German fan site that provides news and info about AFI. They run a great site so please visit them if you speak German! They've been around since 2005, so definitely check out their database and forum!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Zildjian Interviews Adam Carson

During the tour with Green Day, Zildjian interviewed Adam Carson over when he first started playing drums, inspirations, advice for novice drummers, his families musically background, greatest moment as a drummer, and whats next for AFI. View Below

Monday, December 6, 2010

Updated: Adam drumming on Luke Janela's song "Everybody Is Dreaming"

Luke Janela recently made a Facebook post about Adam being a guest drummer on his song Everybody Is Dreaming:

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be mixing Adam Carson's (of AFI) drums into my song "Everybody Is Dreaming" today. All I can say is that it's EPIC!!"

Thanks to MiseryXChord for the tip!


Luke made another post, confirming that Adam has worked on at least four songs for Luke's new album.

"So yes, [I've] been working with the crazy awesome Adam Carson. A few weeks ago we recorded four tracks for the new album. His intricacy of playing and the energy he brings = out of control. Right now I['m] mix[ing] them. [I] Will let you know as the album reaches completion."

Friday, December 3, 2010

AFI Holiday Giveaway

To celebrate the holidays, enter for your chance to win prizes consisting of : Custom Crash Love Guitar, Limited edition prints from Camille Rose Garcia #430 out of 1000 and a signed cd.Click here to enter through facebook
Good Luck!

Dont Forget about our contest. Click here or look below to check out the prizes.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

AFI News HQ's Ep contest!

In celebration of A Fire Inside EP (1998) being re-pressed on purple vinyl, we have a contest for you!

To win, you must come up with a title for A Fire Inside EP and alternate album artwork. We will pick a Grand Prize Winner and 2nd and 3rd place winners as well.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a copy of A Fire Inside EP on purple vinyl, a 12x16 print of your choice from Nic Bezzina Photography and a copy of AFI’s performance at Area 4 2009 on DVD.

The second Place Winner will receive a copy of A Fire Inside EP on purple vinyl and a copy of AFI’s performance at Area 4 2009 on DVD.

The third Place Winner will receive a copy of AFI’s performance at Area 4 2009 on DVD.

Please email entries to The entry deadline is Sunday, Dcember 19th at 4PM Eastern. Entries will be judged by AFI News HQ staff.

Thank you to Adeline Records and and Nic Bezzina for making this contest possible!

New Blaqk Audio Song and Show!

A Blaqk Audio show at Popscene has been announced. It will take place on Thursday, January 6th 2010 at 10PM. Tickets will go on sale soon at! The show is 18+ with DJ support from Aaron Axelsen and Nako.

Along with the show announcement Live 105 posted a new song, Cold War!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Davey Loves the 80's interviewed Davey about what he loved most about the 80s, including fashion, music, and wrestling, among other things. Below is an excerpt, and you can click here to read the whole thing.

MTV made it's initial debut in 1981. Do you remember the first video you saw that absolutely blew your mind?
When MTV came out there was this strange phenomenon of fear being a part of watching videos. For me, as a kid, there was always this risk that I might see something frightening (or if I  was, lucky something sexual) on MTV.  I loved, videos. They were so revolutionary, modern, and taboo. I vividly remember seeing "Don't Come Around Here No More," and being quietly, terribly upset when Alice got eaten like a birthday cake. It really freaked me out. I loved, "Sweet Dreams" and Annie's hair. Also, I recall watching "Lucky Star," and knowing that Madonna was surely the coolest chick that the world would ever see.
 Thanks to Ashley on Tumblr for the tip!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Girl's Not Grey Instrumental!

We now have an instrumental version of Girl's Not Grey! One more to add to the collection.

Thanks to Grant for sending it in!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Introducing a new feature: Fan Art on AFI Ignite!

We now have a section on AFI Ignite where you can post your fan artwork! To post artwork, you need an account with AFI Ignite or, and then you can make a blog post with your art. It's as simple as that! You may post any appropriate art you wish to, paintings, tattoos etc. Anything!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

End Transmission and A Single Second Instrumentals!

Hey everyone, Happy Thanksgiving!

Because you're all loyal to AFI News HQ and keep coming back for more, we have an instrumental rip of End Transmission and one from A Single Second for you! These has been done from the full track, not a video game so unfortunately it is impossible to get the vocals out completely. Backing vocals remain high in the mix. Enjoy!

Remember we have lots of instrumental and vocal rips, and live audio for download too!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Blaqk Audio Song: Down Here

Blaqk Audio has posted a new song called "Down Here" to their Facebook page via Soundcloud. Click here to listen or stream below.
Down Here by Blaqk Audio

AFINewsHQ Video Podcast Update

Have you checked out the AFI News HQ video podcast? It has had over 60,000 downloads so far! The podcast features videos of AFI performing live from 1994 to 2010, including very rare videos. A new video will be posted every Wednesday.

You can view and download the videos through iTunes or download them straight to your iPhone or iPod Touch. Click here for the iTunes link

For those on the Zune network click here.Thanks to Brittany for the link :)

You can also stream the podcast, at lower quality, right here on

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Possible new DF packages soon!

Gavin has stated on the DF that there will soon be new packages with the membership, as I and several others speculated when the packages sold out a few weeks ago. Those who picked up some of the last Cinderblock packages should be getting their membership activated on the DF soon! Anyone ordering once the packages are back will be receiving a new package. The statement reads:
"To those still waiting to join us after we've played hard-to-get for a year -- your time is coming fast! We've been getting the NEW membership package together and are getting excited to have so many friends eager to join us. We hear you, we're just making sure the place looks nice and your box of stuff is cool. Hang tight. If you don't have a free site account yet, now is a great time to do that. (It's a necessary step for becoming DF.)"

Deluxe Crash Love only $5.99 at!

If you haven't picked up the Deluxe version of Crash Love yet, here's your chance! You can get an MP3 copy of the Deluxe album for only $5.99 with this coupon code! Get your coupon code and then redeem it on the album! This will work for any AFI or other releases available on Amazon MP3!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Uniscreen AFI Interview

Uniscreen interviewed AFI in Vienna back in April 2010 during their European Tour. They spoke of the change in ways music is obtained, the internet's place in the culture of information, their music structuring method, reality shows, preparation for the road, and their take on sex, drugs, and rock n roll.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Nic Bezzina Gallery from Austrailian Show

Nic Bezzina, a photographer from Sydney, Australia has sent us a link to a gallery of pictures he shot when AFI played in Sidney.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Fire Inside EP repress released!

The fourth repressing of AFI EP has been released on purple vinyl, you can buy it from Adeline for $7!

Pablo's edit: It's limited to 500 copies!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fourth A Fire Inside EP repress picture

EddieAirplanes, a Despair Faction moderator, posted a pic of the fourth A Fire Inside EP 7" which will be released sometime in the future. What color do you think it is? It seems Blue to me but some people are saying it's purple (original file name is Purple)

James' edit: I believe that purple won the voting for which color it should be but I can't recall.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fan meetup in London, Nov 20th!

If you live in the UK (or willing to travel there) you are invited to a fan meetup day on November 20th at 12:30PM for a day of activities to be announced. The meetup will be at The World's End Pub across from the Camden Town subway (tube) stop.

You can RSVP on the Facebook event.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hunter Working on a New Project

Hunter tweeted this image today from his Twitter account, saying "Studio day #1" - He then proceeded to say "P.S. Not Hunter Revenge or AFI", "P.P.S. Not with Tegan or Dan", and "P.P.P.S. It's new"

What do you guys think the new project will be? More information will be posted as it develops.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Jade on "The Oral History of AP"

Jade is featured on December 2010's edition of AP for their "The Oral History of AP" installment. He states:

"2002: The Days of The Phoenix"

Growing up in a small town, we didn't even know AP existed. But looking back at those early covers - Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Dead Kennedys, so many great, influential bands - I wish I had. AP was the first bigger magazine to consistently support AFI, from then until now. And it was the first magazine cover I was ever on, so it will always have a special place for me. We've always gotten a fair shake from AP, and since the magazine has been covering us for so many years, I do feel like they know the history. We've known Aaron [Wilson] and Norman for years, and those guys have always been awesome and supportive, knowledgeable and just cool.

Many thanks to Danielle Moore for the tip!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Despair Faction Signups Return!

After almost a year, the DF signups are back up. For now you can buy the membership package on AFI's website, available in Mens and Girls. The links from the DF are still not working. It will be a while until you get your DF access online according to Gavin, as there are still things to be worked out on the site.


FULL SHOW: Lollapalooza August 7th 2010!

Hi guys,

After a tough battle, the Lollapalooza show won over the Blaqk Audio one. Fear not, as that show will be uploaded as well, in anticipation of Bright Black Heaven's release.

The show on DVD can be traded with me if you contact me at, make sure you also check my full list here. These videos were compressed for an easier/faster upload, but the real deal is on DVD.

Blaqk Audio at Spookfest 2010

Blaqk Audio played tonight at Spookfest in San Fransisco. According to the Blaqk Audio thread on the DF, they played three new songs: one called "This Is". It is rumored that they played "Fade To White", though as of yet there is no audio or video to support that claim. The third song was "Let's Be Honest", though, again, there isn't audio because of security.

Full setlist:

  1. This Is
  2. Again, Again and Again
  3. Fade to White
  4. On a Friday
  5. Let's Be Honest
  6. Bon Voyeurs
  7. Stiff Kittens
  8. Semiotic Love

Note: Post edited by James at 1:12PM, EST, 10/30/2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

New Blaqk Audio Song on Soundcheck Last Night

Last night Davey had an interview on Live 105's Radio Soundcheck. They played a brand new Blaqk Audio song called "Mouth To Mouth", as well as playing "Ill Lit Ships" and "Bon Voyeurs".
In the interview, Davey said that "Mouth To Mouth" should be on Bright Black Heaven, and that the album was recorded but needed to be mixed and mastered, and he and Jade needed to find a record label before putting it out. They also talked about Spookfest, and possible plans for releasing the new record and singles. Also, DJ Axelson said that he stole the demos for Bright Black Heaven, including "Ill Lit Ships", from Davey's dressing room at Not So Silent Night in Oakland last year.
To listen to the interview, go here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Davey to appear on Live 105's Soundcheck!

Aaron Axelsen just posted that Davey Havok will join him tomorrow Saturday Sunday on his radio show "Soundcheck", where he will (pressumably) talk about Blaqk Audio's forthcoming show/album, so it's likely that he will give some new information!

It was also announced that "new" Blaqk Audio songs would be premiered, so don't forget to check it out!

The radio show airs from 19:00 to 22:00, so make sure you go to to listen live!

Monday, October 4, 2010

DF Members: Choose the color of the AFI EP repressing!

Gavin has posted a poll on the Despair Faction allowing DF members to vote on the color the next A Fire Inside EP 7" repress will be. It was released on Adeline Records and, if this happens, it would be the fourth repress. The colors are White, Purple, Red, Blue and Clear. Go to to vote!

Here are the results so far:

Saturday, September 25, 2010

First video of Dancing Through Sunday on Guitar Hero

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock (Guitar Hero 6) leaked yesterday and the first video of Dancing Through Sunday on expert Guitar and Drums is now on YouTube. We'll provide instrumentals/vocals as soon as we can!

Friday, September 24, 2010

AFINewsHQ Exclusive Interview with AFI's Original Bassist

I have been in communication with AFI's original bassist Vic Kenyon (AKA Vic Chalker) for a couple of weeks and he was willing to dig deep into his memory and answer a few questions about his days in AFI's early existence. Vic has given us some amazing information.

We would like to publicly thank Vic for doing this interview, it means a lot to us! The stories and information you have given us in this interview is priceless.

He will be reading this so please take a second and leave a comment to thank Vic for taking the time to do this interview.

The text of this interview is exclusive to the AFINewsHQ, so please do not post the text anywhere without linking back the original post :)


B: Were you the original bassist for AFI?

VK: yes. adam, davey, mark and i all got together in adam's parents'
garage to write and play some music. mark had bought some peavey
guitar and amp, i bought some jukey bass from a fly by night music
store in santa rosa and adam had drums which i believe were his dads.
i recall davey and i shared adam's dads' bass amp for vocal and bass
duties until it was blown out.

B: When you were in AFI, did AFI stand for A Fire Inside?

VK: i seem to remember AFI standing for A Bunch of Fucking Idiots. not the
nicest thing to call yourself, but i really like to have cuss words in
a band name. i do believe it was emulating EMF to the degree that the
F didn't stand for frequency. having fuck in your band name challenges
you in flyer making and promotion, which is nice. davey really wanted
to call the band 'bananas in the rough' but we call kind of thought
that was a little to big-hair-ish. sorry dave if i ruined your new
secret band name.

B: Can you describe how you came to join the band?

VK: not really. it's been quite some time. i'm pretty sure, though, we
started off talking about starting a band and before i knew it,
everyone had instruments and we were all playing together. I use the
term playing together loosely because it took a few months before we
were actually playing the same notes although we were all playing at
the same time.

B: Other than Ny-Quil, were you involved in writing any of the music or song lyric/song titles? If so, which ones?

VK: this is a tough question because so much of music is collaborative in
nature. many times, many bands will have a riff that evolves to a song
by jamming it out over and over. mark was a pretty prolific song
writer and would come to practice with a song written in it's
entirety, from the intro to the end with stops and accents already
planned out. i would bring some riffs and we would either work them
out into a song or ditch them by the roadside. i've always been a fan
of letting the vocalist work out the words and the melody which is one
of the reasons that davey wrote the lyrics to nyquil (as well as most
song that mark didn't write the words for). although i could be having
a revisionist memories here, i seem to recall writing red hat as kind
of a break-up song that was a real departure from any of the previous
AFI songs.

B: Can you recall the titles of any songs (if any) that you performed live that were never recorded? Any cover songs that you can remember playing live or recording?

VK: i don't recall to many song names. mark would be the authoritative on
this subject because he wrote most of them. for covers, we played
'california uber-alles' at the talent show in the 11th grade. that was
a different time and place where the only bands that played were
either silver surfer, guitar virtuoso types or metal bands doing
vocal-less covers of metallica songs. needless to say we didn't win,
but i thought we killed it and left the crowd kind of speechless. at
that point in time, DK wasn't an easily accessible band and i think
everyone thought we were these young militants from the theme of the
song. another song i recall playing (which was one of my favorites)
was 'nutrition' by the dead milkmen. it's a really spunky song and
kind of a non sequitur when you consider the content contrasted with
the punk songs we were playing at that time. mark was a fan of minor
threat and we covered a ton of minor threat songs in practice. we were
all huge angry samoan and decendents fans and attempted to play any of
their songs when we could figure them out. i'm not sure if we played
it live, but i really enjoyed playing 'bikeage' by the decendents at

B: What was your relationship with the members of the band like, how did you
know them?

VK: i just saw davey at a wedding a few weeks ago and he reminded me that
i was the first person to befriend him in high school. i don't
remember that but i'll take his word for it since his brain is a
little sharper than mine. we met in a transitional english class as
freshman (freshman weren't allowed to take honors classes, but we
segued into honors the subsequent year) and immediately became skate
or die buddies. mark and i were in advanced math classes and art
classes together and eventually the three of us met up. adam and mark
were neighbors and had known each other since childhood and mark
introduced us to adam. davey, mark and i were all fringers and adam
was more of a prep at that time but we all got along well and managed
to become good friends. i think the music was just another excuse to
try to create something together and it ended up working out well.

B: Were there any other members of AFI that the general public does not know about (even if they were in it for a short time)?

VK: davey's dad? no, not to my knowledge.

B: What was the line up of AFI when you were in the band?

VK: the OG members, adam, davey, mark and me.

B: Do you remember your first/last live show with AFI? Anything crazy ever happen at your shows?

VK: do you mean like actually being able to finish a song without fucking
up? um... i could be confusing this with some I13 show or a loose
change show, but i seem to remember there was a crew of dudes that
loved to shoot around with no clothes on. they referred to the act as
'nudie-rudey,' and, while it was essentially streaking, would run on
stage while someone was playing, much to the chagrin of the band.
there was also a psuedo-dance/posturing called the scarecrow robot,
but i'll leave that to the readers imagination. maybe one day a
youtube clip will come out to describe it in all its glory.

B: What were your favorite AFI songs back them and what were your favorite songs to play live?

VK: that's a good question and i'd have to remember the actual song titles
(which i don't) to answer this question. we really only had maybe
10-15 songs, including covers, so can i say all of them?

B: Did you record any songs with AFI?

VK: we recorded our first demo with dave raitt. yes, that is bonnie
raitt's brother. his son, bay raitt (who i think won an oscar for his
work on gollum in the LotR movies), was in the same class as the four
of us and he had convinced us that his dad was an awesome engineer,
although our demo didn't turn out too great. granted making a shitty
demo takes more effort than from just the engineer, it was probably
one of the muddiest, low ended, speaker destroying demos i have ever
heard. i think we recorded four or five songs, which hopefully will
never see the light of day, in the course of a day. mastered them on
the spot and left with the demo. about three days later, adam's car
speakers had been destroyed from the lowest of low ends coming from
that tape.

i also played bass on the dork ep. i was working at taco bell at the
time and had pulled an all-nighter when we drove to triangle sound (i
think) in lakeport. i didn't have a bass amp so i plugged right into
the console. everyone else worked on the overdubs while i slept
outside. later after geoff replaced me, he overdubbed all of the
tracks, which probably sounded a million times better.

B: Do you have any old recordings anywhere?

VK: not of AFI. i wish i had kept a few copies of dork, it could helped
pay for college!

B: Are you in this picture?

VK: i know that mock turtleneck anywhere! from left to right, adam, davey,
mark, then me. i guess we are such nerds we did it in alphabetical
order without knowing it.

B: Do you have any pictures of you playing live?

VK: not with AFI, no. although i know there are some circulating somewhere.

B: Did you play a lot of shows with AFI?

VK: i don't think so. the only ones i can remember are:

talent show (one song)
ukiah high tri (lunch set)
phil's house (totally awesome)
low gap park

there was one more i didn't recall that adam reminded me of, our first
real show. my memory of those times is a little cloudy, but i have
been corrected. phil's house was our first "house party," kind of like
a warm up show. our first real show was at the lakeport fairgrounds in
(surprise!) lakeport. we didn't have a method of taking all of the
drums and equipment and the whole band to the show so a family friend
volunteered to take us there in his van. he was this real nice guy
named art who had become a paraplegic at a young age when he dove into
a shallow pool and broke his neck, hence having the van to carry his
wheelchair around. we were all stoked in the back of the van, ready to
play our very first show, when art started pulling coors lights out of
a cooler in between the driver and passenger seats while driving the
windy highway between ukiah and lakeport. at first everyone was like,
whatever, it's only a beer. but then one beer turned into two, three,
then eight. no one wanted to drive back with art so we all found
alternative rides for the ride home and made art schlep our
instruments home. i felt bad at the time, but, in reality, i shouldn't
have because no ride is worth the possible consequences of driving
with a drunk driver.

B: Why did you leave the band?

VK: i didn't leave, i was kicked out. my recollection was adam's neighbor
telling me that he had heard us practice. upon my telling him i wasn't
there and him telling me he had heard a bass, i knew the gig was up. i
think a day or two later, they handed me my papers. they had every
right to kick me out. i was a total flake (as are 99% of most
musicians, hence why only the hard workers make it), i would show up
to practice late, if at all. i didn't have the motivation to write
music, i was preoccupied with other things besides playing music. it
was a very pivotal point in my life where i was being pulled in a
number of directions without any goals. speaking of being a flake,
this reminds me of the time that i was recruited by I13 to play bass
with them. adam was playing drums, N13 and jade were playing guitar. i
showed up to practice about 3 or 4 hours late, played one song and
then that was that. it was an awesome song (i think the spirit of '76)
but they didn't need a bass player without a watch, either (insert
timing joke here).

B: Do you listen to current AFI? What is you favorite AFI album since your leaving of the band?

VK: to be honest, i haven't listened to an AFI album in its entirety for a
long time. even at the point of getting kicked out of the band, my
musical tastes were diverging from everyone else. i've followed them
at shows and watched their music change and evolve. to be honest, i'm
torn between the dark hardcore when mark was writing most the music
and the poppy stuff that jade is writing now. i'm a sucker for
dynamics and production and i think the music they are making now i
find most appealing.

B: Any other memories about your band mates or experiences you had with AFI that you can think of?

VK: you know, we spent a whole lot of time together as teenagers growing
into adults. there were a lot of interpersonal as well as group
dynamics that helped shape my life as far as making and keeping
friends. trying to think back it is such a blur that it's hard to pull
a rabbit from the hat. i do have one funny memory that i can share. i
was the only one in AFI without a car and one of the other dudes would
come pick me up for school. at that time, we would eat donuts and
coffee everyday before classes started. each person would take turns
buying donuts or bringing coffee. my number one style was to bring
iced coffee that i would make the night before, but mark would always
bring his hot and fresh. one day, he had brought us all coffee and
while he was pouring the coffee, began extolling the virtues of MSG to
us. he then explained that MSG makes everything taste better
and that he had put MSG in the coffee. needless to say, it was the
saltiest, crappiest coffee that had ever touched my tongue. we all
went a few hours without coffee until we were ablet to procure some
off campus. with that said, i'm lucky enough to see many of the AFIers
frequently. there are a lot of memories between the past and current
crew. for a full summary of experiences, i think that we'll have to
wait for my memoirs.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Interview Series: Brandon Interviews Jade, Pt. 2

Here's the last episode in our exclusive Answer That and Stay Fashionable Interview Series with all four members of AFI. This is the final part of Brandon's interview with Jade. They talk about recording, Jerry Finn, AFI's future with Interscope and Blaqk Audio.

About halfway through this part of the interview, there were some technical difficulties. Although no content was lost but you will notice that the last half of this section is a lower quality video and a few seconds where there is only audio and no video.

We would like to thank people over at Interscope for this great opportunity for all of us. All our greetings and appreciation for making this possible! <3

This video should stream on all mobile devices. If you are having difficulty please let us know.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

AFI News HQ staff contact info updates

We've finally got custom e-mails for ourselves, so please make sure that if you have any news tip for Blaqk Audio and/or AFI, you send them to:

Our writers will get custom e-mails as soon as possible as well!

Do not miss the Blaqk Audio full show video rip I'll do this weekend! :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Photo Galleries From AFI @ Shoreline Amphitheater

Here is a round-up of some recent photo galleries from AFI's September 4 performance at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA.
Also, here is an interesting article from Dying Scene that discusses the many theorized meanings of "AFI" over the years. Ants Farming Indonesia, anyone?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Interview Series: Brandon Interviews Jade, Pt. 1

Here's the last episode in our exclusive Answer That and Stay Fashionable Interview Series with all four members of AFI. In part 1 of Brandon's 2-part interview with Jade, he discusses is origins with AFI, Weight of Words, side projects and more.

Check back next week for part 2 of the interview.

This video should stream on all mobile devices. If you are having difficulty please let us know. View on YouTube here.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Davey's Top 5 Things When He Gets Home

In an interview Davey revealed the top 5 things he looks forward to after touring. The site also features an interview with Tre Cool of Green Day.

Thanks to whitemenace!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Old School AFI Interview From Robbs Metalworks

In an interview conducted back in November 22nd, 2000 before their show in San Antonio, Texas at the White Rabbit, Robb Metalworks interviewed Davey on the history of AFI, their progression at that time, Art Of Drownings art work, Commercial crossover, Their past tour with Rancid and The Distillers, Nitro Records, making videos, Downloading music, and Glenn Danzig
View Video below

Also watch live footage from the show that night
View Below

Fall Children
The Prayer Position
Sacrifice Theory

Much thanks to Robb from Robb Metalworks for uploading this Interview and video footage.

ZIGABID Footage of AFI Irvine, California

Leaving Song Pt II

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Green Day Setlist Log

I have been keeping track of the AFI setlists on the Green Day tour, you can now download the excel file to compare them!

I am working on one for the entire CL era, but that will take a while!

9/2/10 Chula Vista Setlist

Girl's Not Grey
The Leaving Song Pt. II
I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here
Too Shy To Scream (First time played on the GD tour)
Beautiful Thieves
Dancing Through Sunday
Silver and Cold
Miss Murder
Love Like Winter

Thanks to Mendoza on the DF!

9/4/10 Mountain View Setlist+Live105 Interview

This is the setlist for the last show of that Crash Love era, soon we will have an Excel file for you to download with all of the August setlists!

Girl's Not Grey
The Leaving Song Pt. II
I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here
Veronica Sawyer Smokes
Beautiful Thieves
Dancing Through Sunday
Silver and Cold
Miss Murder
Love Like Winter

Green Day continued the tradition of coming on stage in animal costumes, although this time they took it further!

AFI finally got revenge for all the animal attacks!

Live 105 did an interview with Davey before the show.

Thanks to PinknBlackL on the DF for the setlist!

Friday, September 3, 2010

8/31/10 Irvine Setlist

Girl's Not Grey
The Leaving Song Pt. II
I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here
End Transmission
Beautiful Thieves
Dancing Through Sunday
Silver and Cold
Miss Murder
Love Like Winter

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Davey Details Blaqk Audio Release Plans

In an interview with Live 105, Davey discussed the release plans for Blaqk Audio's new singles and the full album Bright Black Heaven. You can see the full interview here.

The first single will be released on 11/26/10 (Black Friday, day after Thanksgiving) and will also be released on 12" vinyl. Other singles will be released one after other until the release of Bright Black Heaven in late spring or early summer 2011.

Monday, August 30, 2010

8/30/10 Phoenix, AZ Setlist

  1. Medicate
  2. Girl's Not Grey
  3. The Leaving Song, Pt. II
  4. I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here
  5. Veronica Sawyer Smokes
  6. Beautiful Thieves
  7. Dancing Through Sunday
  8. Silver & Cold
  9. Miss Murder
  10. Love Like Winter
Thanks to Drew for the setlist!

AFI in Alternative Press October Issue

There is a brief mention in the October issue of AP called "A Fire Inside Goes Out", it talks about their performance on Warped Tour 2001.

Thanks to Jill! (MiniMissMurder)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

8/28/10 Denver Setlist

Girl's Not Grey
The Leaving song Pt. II
I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here
Veronica Sawyer Smokes
Beautiful Thieves
Dancing Through Sunday
Silver and Cold
Miss Murder
Love Like Winter

My note: I am so jealous of anyone that has seen VSS. Very jealous.

Monday AZ Show: Free Tickets For DF Members

The Despair Faction is giving away free tickets to the Phoenix, AZ show tomorrow. To enter to win a ticket, go to the DF section of the official message board and follow the instructions. Once you've entered, a drawing will take place. To see the date and venue information, click here.

Our writer Brandon will be attending this show, and he wil be interviewing Jade for our video interview series. You can submit questions for him here.

Blaqk Audio Announces First Show: October 29th

The first show of the Bright Black Heaven era has been announced. Blaqk Audio will be playing Spookfest in San Fransico on October 29th, 2010. The event is being hosted by Live 105 and tickets are onsale now.

The line-up includes Underworld, DJ Shadow, MSTRKRFT, Moby, Steve Aoki, Blaqk Audio, Booka Shade, Wolfgang Gartner, Dada Life, The Limousines, Classixx, LA Riots, Felix Cartal, DJ Aaron Axelsen, Miles the DJ, DJ Omar, and Kid Lightning.

Thanks to sgschick14 on the DF!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

8/26/10 Dallas Setlist

Girl's Not Grey
The Leaving Song Pt. 2
I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here
End Transmission
Beautiful Thieves
Dancing Through Sunday
Silver and Cold
Miss Murder
Love Like Winter

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Send Us Your Questions for Jade

We are going to be interviewing Jade next week at the show in Arizona and are open to some suggestions for questions to ask. Leave questions in the comments of this post. We will be picking only a few, so make them good! :)

Photo Gallery From AFI in Mansfield, MA has posted a photo gallery of AFI's performance in Mansfield, MA on August 16. Click here to view the slideshow.

8/23/10 Detroit Setlist

Girl's Not Grey
The Leaving Song Pt. II
I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here
End Transmission
Beautiful Thieves
Dancing Through Sunday
Silver and Cold
Miss Murder
Love Like Winter

Sunday, August 22, 2010

8/21/10 Montreal Setlist

Girl's Not Grey
The Leaving Song Pt. II
I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here
End Transmission
Beautiful Thieves
Dancing Through Sunday
Silver and Cold
Miss Murder
Love Like Winter

Saturday, August 21, 2010

8/20/10 Quebec Setlist

Girl's Not Grey
The Leaving Song Pt. II
I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here
End Transmission
Beautiful Thieves
Dancing Through Sunday
Silver and Cold
Miss Murder
Love Like Winter

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Buzznet: Who Looks Better Doing It?

Buzznet has posted a photo gallery of celebrity face-offs in different categories. Davey is up against Eminem for Best Tattoo and Hunter is up against David Beckham for Best Shaved Head. Yes, the title is cringe-worthy, but let's help Davey and Hunter win!

8/18/10 Toronto Setlist

Girl's Not Grey
The Leaving Song Pt. II
I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here
End Transmission
Beautiful Thieves
Dancing Through Sunday
Silver and Cold
Miss Murder
Love Like Winter

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

8/16/10 Mansfield, MA setlist

Another standard setlist, however Silver and Cold was switched with Miss Murder. The arena was close to empty during AFI's set but was packed for Green Day.

Girl's Not Grey
The Leaving Song Pt. II
I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here
End Transmission
Beautiful Thieves
Dancing Through Sunday
Silver and Cold
Miss Murder
Love Like Winter

Monday, August 16, 2010

Vote AFI to Headline (Fantasy) Warped Tour 2011

Fuse TV has a voting poll where fans can vote on who they think should headline next year's Warped Tour. AFI, along with other past headlining artists, are on the ballot. AFI is currently in 2nd place so go and vote HERE. This is not a vote to decide who will actually headline Warped Tour. It is just for fun!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

8/14/10 Holmdel, NJ Setlist

Tonight in Holmdel AFI played another standard Green Day Tour setlist,

Girl's Not Grey
Leaving Song Pt. II
I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here (order with End Transmission may be switched)
End Transmission
Beautiful Thieves
Dancing Through Sunday
Miss Murder
Silver and Cold
Love Like Winter

Davey sang the song "Who Wrote Holden Caulfield" with Green Day.

This is the first report of any AFI/Green Day on stage interaction I have gotten wind of.

Thanks to Jasmine and Jamekae for the tips!

Friday, August 13, 2010

8/12/10 Hartford, CT Setlist

  1. Medicate
  2. Girl's Not Grey
  3. Leaving Song, Part 2
  4. I Am Trying Very Hard to be Here
  5. The Missing Frame
  6. Beautiful Thieves
  7. Dancing Through Sunday
  8. Silver and Cold
  9. Miss Murder
  10. Love Like Winter
This is the second time The Missing Frame has been played on this tour, and at this show it replaced End Transmission in the standard Green Day tour setlist.

Thanks to Mary R. for the tip!

8/11/10 Washington, DC Setlist

  1. Medicate
  2. Girl's Not Grey
  3. The Leaving Song, Pt. II
  4. I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here
  5. End Transmission
  6. Beautiful Thieves
  7. Dancing Through Sunday
  8. Silver and Cold
  9. Miss Murder
  10. Love Like Winter
Thanks to Sarah!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

WKQX Q101 Interviews AFI At Lollapalooza

WKQXQ101 interviews AFI backstage at Lollapalooza on the acts they wanted to see, their connection with Janes Addiction/Perry Farrel, Blaqk Audio, and image. View below.

oh yeah Madonna.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

105.7 Interview Adam and Hunter

At Lollapalooza, Adam and Hunter were interviewed by 105.7 about Lady Gaga, Devo and picking the singles from Crash Love. Watch below

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New Zu Boutique Shirt Design + Interview

Zu Boutique, Davey's clothing line, has given 50 prints of a new shirt design to a company called YMI Jeans. This shirt has a total of 100 prints, so the other 50 will presumably soon be up for sale on the official Zu Boutique store.

YMI interviewed Davey about the clothing line and its inspirations. For that, and details about how to win one of these shirts in a free giveaway, click here.

8/9/2010 Alpharetta, GA Setlist

1. Medicate
2. The Leaving Song, Pt. II
3. Girl's Not Grey
4. I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here
5. End Transmission
6. Beautiful Thieves
7. Dancing Through Sunday
8. Silver & Cold
9. Miss Murder
10. Love Like Winter

Thanks to James (HQ) and xonedarkflamex on the OMB. You can find live photos from here.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

AFI Interview with Live 105 at Lollapalooza

Live 105 interviewed AFI backstage at Lollapalooza yesterday. They discussed television, what's next for AFI, and the gray area between an intern and a DJ.

AFI @Lollapalooza - Reviews, Pictures, Video, Setlist

On August 7 AFI took the stage at the annual Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, Illinois. They played a 4:45pm set that lasted an hour, and they played at least 14 songs. We've collected pictures, videos, and a (partial) list of songs played below.

We've added 33 excellent photos here in our AFI Ignite photo gallery. These were all taken by Mary Patterson for AFI News HQ, and the four photos in the spread at the top of this post are from the gallery. Here is a compilation of other photos we have found:

Girl's Not Grey

The Leaving Song Pt. II

I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here

Kill Caustic

End Transmission

Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

Beautiful Thieves

Dancing Through Sunday

The Days Of The Phoenix

Veronica Sawyer Smokes

Silver and Cold

Miss Murder

Love Like Winter

Davey: Green Day Tour Is Last of Crash Love Era

In between songs at AFI's performance Saturday at Lollapalooza (pictures here), Davey stated that the August tour with Green Day would be AFI's last tour on Crash Love. The last date of the tour is September 4 in Mountain View, CA.

The Crash Love tour lasted from October 2, 2009 until September 2, 2010. That is 11 full months, with over 100 shows (full list here). In comparison, the Decemberunderground touring era lasted from April 24, 2006 until October 6, 2007, nearly 18 months of touring. Sing The Sorrow lasted from March 11, 2003 until August 27, 2004 (17 months).

Click here to view the remaining dates on the Crash Love tour.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Pictures of AFI @ Lollapalooza

AFI performed earlier today at music festival Lollapalooza during an hour-long timeslot. Several pictures of the performance have been posted, both by fans on Twitter and by AP/Live 105.

Stage and crowd 1 2 3 4
1 Davey Courtesy of AP
1 2 Backstage at Lollapalooza (Courtesy of Live 105)

Official Lollapalooza Photos (Set of 11)
Lollapalooza Wireimage photos

Friday, August 6, 2010

Jade Posts Blaqk Audio Update: First Show Booked

Jade made a post on his blog today regarding AFI supporting Green Day, the line-up at Lollapalooza 2010, and new Blaqk Audio plans. He said:
"Blaqk Audio is in full gear-up mode. We haven't made any major announcements because we have to take care of a few important things first. We do, however, have our first show booked, which is exciting. Should be announced soon."
Regarding the Green Day tour that AFI is currently supporting on, Jade said:
"We started the Green Day tour, which has been quite the experience so far. We haven't done a legit big support tour since we went out with the Offspring in Europe in the year 2000. That's 10 years of the headlining Affies."

Miss Murder in 102.1 'Top 200 of the Millenium'

102.1 The Edge, a station in Canada, has posted a countdown of the Top 200 Songs of the Millenium as voted on by their listeners. Miss Murder came in at #119. See the full list here.

Thanks to Mary for the tip!

8/5/10 Buffalo, NY Setlist

AFI played a 35-minute set last night in Buffalo, NY on the second date of their tour supporting Green Day. The only difference between last night's setlist and the August 3rd Camden, NJ setlist is that The Missing Frame was not played.

Here is the setlist, thanks to Starbreeze on the OMB:
  1. Medicate
  2. The Leaving Song, Pt. II
  3. Girl's Not Grey
  4. I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here
  5. End Transmission
  6. Beautiful Thieves
  7. Dancing Through Sunday
  8. Silver & Cold
  9. Miss Murder
  10. Love Like Winter
We've found a review of the show here from the Democrat & Chronicle that includes a few paragraphs about AFI. Green Day's 31-song setlist can be found here.

Ding Adds Blaqk Audio Skin

Ding, a company that sells music and art-related skins for electronic devices, has just released a new skin for Blaqk Audio. The design is called Night Light, and will fit on your cell phone, laptop, mp3 player, or gaming device. The skin costs $15.99.
Ding also sells an AFI skin called "Bunny" here for the same price. It features the Decemberunderground trees and a bunny.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

8/3/10 Camden, NJ - Setlist and Pics

AFI was the opening act for Green Day last night on the first show of their August North American tour together. According to kristen2001 on the OMB, this was the setlist:

Girl's Not Grey
Leaving Song Pt. II
I Am Trying Very Hard to be Here
The Missing Frame
End Transmission
Beautiful Thieves
Dancing Through Sunday
Miss Murder
Silver and Cold
Love Like Winter

Make Major Moves has posted a gallery of excellent photos of AFI performing. We've also found a Flickr gallery here. Green Day's 32-song killer setlist can be found here.

Monday, August 2, 2010

AFI Kicks Off Tour With Green Day Tuesday

Tomorrow AFI will embark upon a 17-date, month-long North American tour with Green Day, beginning in Camden, NJ. We will be providing setlists as usual, and we welcome you to send us pictures/videos of the shows, as well as reviews. Who here will be going to any of the shows?

A full list of the dates and ticket details can be found here.

DOWNLOAD: The Missing Frame Vocal Track

Here is the third instrumental/vocal track in our 3-part series. Last Tuesday we offered the Medicate Instrumental with a bonus vocal track. This time it's the gorgeous vocal track of The Missing Frame, recorded straight from Guitar Hero in pristine fashion by our good friend Tomas!

The Missing Frame Vocals (Right click, select "Save Target As" to download)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

"The Art Of Drowning" in Top Ten Influential Punk Albums from 2000

In September's issue of Alternative Press magazine "The Art Of Drowning" was named one of the top 10 influential punk albums from 2000 to influence today's punk. The page has a very brief history of AFI and how their line up changes affected their sound, as well as a mini interview with Jade. This mostly talks about things going on with the band at the time the album was recorded. You can see the article in this thread on the DF.
Thanks to BrttnyD for the tip!

The issue of AP also had a full page ad for DW drums featuring Adam on the back page. It is also available in desktop format, in two sizes, 1600x1200 and 1280x1024.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Extension of Distortion interview from Fuse

Distortion interviewed AFI on Fuse TV back in October 2009. This is extra footage from that same location. They spoke of what Crash Love means over all and what it means to them.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Blaqk Audio Track Premieres on Sirius FM!

According to Blaqk Audio's Facebook Page, a new song titled "Bon Voyeurs" has been played on the Sirius Satellite Radio channel Sirius BPM. Since "Bon Voyeurs" is getting radio airplay it is 99% sure to be a single, it appears to be the second for Bright Black Heaven, after "Ill Lit Ships". Nothing is confirmed yet, this is speculation.

Did anyone hear it? Let us know what you think! Thanks to Kate for the tip!

UPDATE 7/28: The song was played at just after midnight. It's far more upbeat than Ill Lit Ships is. A stream of the song can be found on Youtube, but we will not be posting the link here.

According to station logs, the song has been in rotation since July 22.

DOWNLOAD: Medicate Instrumental (Bonus: Vocals)

Here is the second instrumental/vocal track in our 3-part series this week. Last Thursday we offered a Death of Seasons instrumental, and this week it is the Medicate instrumentals, recorded straight from Guitar Hero in pristine fashion by our good friend Tomas!

Medicate Instrumental (Right click, select "Save Target As" to download)
Medicate Vocals (Right click, select "Save Target As" to download)

In another few days we'll post The Missing Frame's gorgeous vocal track. You can hear a teaser for that here.

Sealed Sing The Sorrow 12"s for $24.99 on Adeline

Hi guys,

I've constantly seen people on the OMB/eBay trying to sell their opened Sing The Sorrow vinyl for crazy expensive prizes (up to $40), although they usually go for $30.

I wanted you guys know that they are still available on the retail online store, new, still sealed, in perfect condition for just $24.99. There are more than 500 still available. Remember they're limited to 10,000. The point of this post is to prevent more fans from being ripped off by other people.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

FULL SHOW: Basement show in Green Bay 7/15/95

Here is yet another full show rip, as I promised, as part of my "ripping spree". This is a show Ruth (Jabnews) had always wanted to see, so I finally ripped it.

It is a show that AFI played in a basement on someone's house, on July 15th 1995, a few days before Geoff Kresge's birthday and less than 3 weeks from ATASF's release date. It was recorded no farther than 3 ft from the stage, on Geoff's side. You can clearly hear that no more than 10 people are in the audience!

AFI was supposed to play 10 songs (LIAMST was the closer) but a girl convinced them to play 1 more song... then another one :P

The show on DVD can be traded with me if you contact me at, make sure you also check my full list. These videos were compressed for an easier/faster upload, but the real deal is on DVD.

Click on each link to play:

Friday, July 23, 2010

Davey on Cover of Black Velvet Magazine, Issue 65

A couple of months ago we reported that Davey had done an interview with Black Velvet Magazine. That 4-page interview has now appeared in the latest issue of the zine. The blurb reads:

"AFI’s Davey Havok tells us how he’d like to learn 10-15 more languages, how the disintegration of music culture saddens him, how it’s a difficult world for those that shine the brightest and how he’d like to cease the consumption of animal products entirely."

You can purchase the issue through Paypal here or one of these store locations.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

DOWNLOAD: Death of Seasons Instrumental

Over the next week we will be posting several instrumental and vocals-only tracks, as we have done in the past. Today's instrumental is DIY - it wasn't recorded off a video game, but it is very well done nonetheless. Many thanks to Tomas for supplying this track as well as the other two!

Death Of Seasons (Right click and select "Save Target As")

July 22 - "Death of Seasons" Instrumental
July 27 - "Medicate" Instrumental
July 31 - "The Missing Frame" Vocals

94.1 Giving Away Tickets To Green Day+AFI Show

94.1's The Zone, a radio station in New York, is giving away tickets to the Green Day show on August 5th at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.
Listen to the Zone all day this Thursday starting at 6am with Rover, until 7pm with Tre. When you hear the cue to call, be caller 14 on the Zone Lines at 2-2-2-1-9-4-1 to win a pair of tickets to see Green Day’s “21st Century Breakdown Tour”, Thursday August 5th at Darien Lake, with Special Guests AFI, Thanks to Live Nation.
Good luck!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Crash Love Song Mini-Tournament

We've done two large song tournaments, one in Spring 2009 with all of AFI's songs, and then another one in Spring 2010 with 64 songs. Both were great successes in participation, so we've decided to apply it on a smaller scale to Crash Love!

We'll be using the 16 songs recorded and released from the sessions, but the rounds will be a bit different from years' past in order to speed things along. There will initially be 4 groups of 4 songs each, and from each of these 2 songs will advance to the quarterfinals. At that point there will be one-on-one matchups until we have a winner.

FULL SHOW: Brixton Academy, April 6th 2010

Hey guys,

Long time no rip. I decided to rip the best bootleg I have. It is from the Brixton Academy in London England, on April 6th 2010. I decided to rip it because it was recorded with a High Definition camera. The video, audio and camera work are amazing! The same person who recorded Astoria, Forum and Reading, all from 2003, recorded this one.

From now on, I will be uploading the full show rips I do to YouTube, because I'm sure most of you would rather stream then instead of downloading 100 mb per song. They end up uploaded on YouTube by other people without proper credit and you can rip them off YouTube anyway.

The show on DVD can be traded with me if you contact me at, make sure you also check my full list. These videos were compressed for an easier/faster upload, but the real deal is on HD DVD.

Click on each link to open then on YouTube:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Green Day Speaks About AFI In Billboard Interview

Green Day recently spoke about touring with AFI in an interview with In the interview they said:
"We have always talked about playing gigs with AFI and it was just the matter of what was the right moment when we both have records out and touring at the same time."
To view the interview, go here.

As a side note, twitter user Skafia made some awesome iPhone 4 AFI wallpapers. Go here to check them out.

RUMOR: Private Blaqk Audio Gig at Roxy in January

As the Crash Love era winds down, and as the Bright Black Heaven album cycle gets underway, we are going to shift our focus as well. We will continue to bring you coverage of all things AFI, and now we will also be doing the same with Blaqk Audio. We have added a link at the top of the page to our Blaqk Audio News Channel, which will show posts only about Blaqk Audio.

We've found a tweet that we urge you to take with a pound of salt, but is interesting nonetheless. It reads: "@I_Ruin_Dreams My manager at work is good friends with the owner of the roxy in Hollywood and says that Blaqk Audio will be doing a private gig in January!" AFI performed at The Roxy for the Crash Love record release show, and it was a private gig as well, so this is entirely plausible. The tweet has been sent to management for confirmation, so we'll know soon enough.

In other Blaqk Audio news, the duo's MySpace page is primed for an update. Jade is reportedly delegating work to the design team.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Win A 3-Day Pass To Lollapalooza From Buzznet

Online site Buzznet is giving one lucky fan a 3-day pass to Lollapalooza, an annual music festival in Chicago. To enter the contest:

1. Become a fan of Buzznet on Facebook
2. Post a picture of yourself showing love to one artist playing on the Lollapalooza lineup on Buzznet's wall.
3. Tag the artist in the post.

New Zu Boutique Shirts

There are 3 new Zu Boutique shirts available at All three shirts are limited and numbered 0-99, the new shirts are called Pentaglam, Banana Split Lady, and Bolt of Blue. Head on over to Zu Boutique to find out more info about these shirts:

Geoff Kresge comments on each Answer That song!

Guys, here is the last installment of Geoff Kresge talking about every song on Answer That and Stay Fashionable. All the previous posts are reposted here in case you missed them.

Once again a big thank you to Geoff Kresge, former AFI bassist, for taking the time to do this for us <3

We hope you enjoyed reading this! :)

All content herein ©2010 Key Lime Pie Records. Reproduction of this article, in whole or part, is forbidden without the express written consent of Key Lime Pie Records.

Wingnut Records Version

"Two of a Kind"

The title was a reference to a guy we knew at the time who had recently started dating a girl who had started adopting his style of dress and mannerisms. She was basically the female version of him. It was just an observation of the situation, put into words as the title of the song. I don't know how much of Davey's lyrics reflect the concept behind the title, although there are certainly lines that could be interpreted in such a way.

"Half-Empty Bottle"

This was a song that I had written between the time that we had split up in late-August 1993 and our reformation in December 1993. It was originally going to be performed by the band I was playing with in the interim. That band recorded it, under the original title "Burn It Down", several years later along with several other songs I co-wrote - without giving me any kind of songwriting credit. The lyrics are just generic punk lyrics. The title "Half-Empty Bottle" was an obscure homage to a lyric on the first album by The Replacements that includes the phrase "half-full bottle".

"Yürf Rendenmein"

The title for this one came from a nickname that Davey and I had for a guy that we used to see at shows in the East Bay. He was a very strange looking guy. ANyway, he seemed to be at every show that Davey and I went to around that time and there was no escaping him. Even though we didn't know him and neither of us ever had a conversation with him, we began referring to him as "your friend and mine", which led us to dub him Yürf Rendenmein. Lyrically, the song is about something else altogether, which was standard practice for us then. Only in a few cases did the song title appear within the lyrics of the song. I don't know if the lyrics were directly influenced by any one person or if it was just a general thing.

"I Wanna Get a Mohawk (But Mom Won't Let Me Get One)"

This is one of the few examples where the song title is found within the lyrics to the song. The song is about Davey's younger brother, who was quite young when the song was written, as evidenced by the line "I may be in fourth grade, but I know what's going on". It was a semi-biographical song.

"Brownie Bottom Sundae"

The title for this one was Adam's idea. We were at a Denny's Restaurant late one night and on the table, there was one of those little cardboard signs advertising one of the restaurant's new desserts. This one was advertising their Brownie Bottom Sundae. Davey's lyrics for this song could be seen as the prototype for the kind of lyrics he would go on to write in later years, with various references to feelings of helplessness and despair. This was one of the first times that Davey's lyrics deviated from the earlier phase of AFI's songs, which were usually meant to be humorous or witty.

"The Checkered Demon"

This is possibly the only co-writing credit that Mark and I shared on an AFI record. The majority of the music was written by Mark, and I added a section or two to it when he was having a hard time finishing the music. Again, as with the lyrics to "Brownie Bottom Sundae", Davey's lyrical content foreshadows the lyrics he would later contribute to subsequent albums. The title was inspired by an underground comic character of the same name, by S. Clay Wilson. The progression or evolution of the title came from the tempo of the song (originally it was much faster than the album version) being so fast that someone should wave a checkered flag at the end of the song (referring to the checkered flag used in auto racing, which signifies the end of a race). So from "checkered flag" we arrived at the title "The Checkered Demon".

"Cereal Wars"

This title is self-explanatory, as it appears in the lyrics. "Cereal Wars" was, at that time, one of the oldest songs in the band's catalog.

"The Mother in Me"

Lyrically, this is an anti-love song. The inspiration behind the title escapes me at the moment, but it could have been as simple as hearing the phrase while writing the lyrics.

"Rizzo in the Box"

In this case, the title has absolutely no relation to the lyrics. This song was one of the first couple of songs I brought into the band when I joined, but only the music. Davey wrote his share of the lyrics around Adam's ideas and the lyrics that he had prepared for the song. We should have credited Davey's grandfather, who was an awesome person and one of our biggest supporters, for inspiring the title somehow. He had found a little tape recorder, like a toy version of a cassette recorder, and we decided to see if it worked by recording one of our rehearsals on it. Davey put batteries in it, along with a blank cassette, and started speaking into the built-in microphone. He decided to speak as a character named Rizzo, saying "My name is Rizzo. This is Rizzo in the box." That's the source of the introduction heard on the original Behind the Times EP version of the song.

"Kung-Fu Devil"

This started out with entirely different lyrics. We decided to change the lyrics when we were recording the album. The title was just something that we thought sounded cool, even though it had nothing to do with the lyrics.

"Your Name Here"

The title comes from the space on various types of documents or forms that you would fill out for whatever reason, where it has a blank space for your name. Usually they say "(YOUR NAME HERE)" underneath the line or the box. In this case, it's directly referencing the lyrical content, since the song is about a specific person, or fictitious person, or any person in general. Everyone has known someone at one point or another that they can apply the lyrics to, so by naming the song "Your Name Here", it can apply to anyone, while granting anonymity to the person that it's truly written about or dedicated to.


This one is fairly self-explanatory, as most people would know that the product NyQuil is a medicine that you take when you have a cold or the flu, to make you sleep while it helps your body fight off whatever your ailment may be. This song, like "Cereal Wars", is one of the earlier tracks that predates my joining the band.

"Don't Make Me Ill"

The story behind "Don't Make Me Ill" is kind of a long one. It actually goes hand-in-hand with the title of the Fly in the Ointment EP, although it wasn't intended to appear on that release. The short version of the story is that there was a label that wanted to sign the band to a recording contract, but they wanted us to radically change our sound to be more "radio friendly", among other things. The lyrics are directly related to that situation. The irony here is that "Don't Make Me Ill" actually ended up getting quite a bit of radio airplay after ATASF was released!

"Highschool Football Hero"

This song was written before we had fully adopted the unwritten rule of disguising the song titles, so it's another case of the song title being lifted directly from the lyrics. The overall theme was inspired by a Fleischer Popeye cartoon from the 1930s, called "You Gotta Be a Football Hero".

"Man In A Suitcase" (The Police Cover) - CD Hidden Track

Obviously we didn't write this song, but Adam really liked it and rallied for its inclusion on the album. We reluctantly agreed. In hindsight, it's fine, but at the time we recorded it, I don't recall any of us being particularly happy with the way it sounded. It really wasn't within our collective ability to do the original version justice.

"Self-Pity" - Vinyl Bonus Track

Another oldie-but-goodie from the earliest days of the band. We had continued playing this song from the time I joined up until the time I left the band, if I recall correctly. I'm not exactly sure, but I believe it was recorded on the band's first two demos, then again for the Dork EP, and yet again for the Behind The Times EP sessions, and finally for the ATASF album. A very self-explanatory title.

"Key Lime Pie" - Vinyl Bonus Track

Another artifact from the beginning stages of the band. This song hadn't really been performed for a few years, as it was scrapped when I joined the band, but I had always loved the song and wanted to include it on the album in some form. I don't remember how the original riff for the verse was played, but when I convinced the guys to start performing the song again, it was with a new riff in the verse that I contributed and that's the version that ended up being released. A love song dedicated to the gloriously delicious dessert of the same name.

Nitro Records Version

"Open Your Eyes" - Nitro Version Bonus Track

This was a cover of a song originally recorded by The Circus Tents, that appeared on their Hard Up EP. It was released on a label called Insurrection Records. Inside the original record, there was an insert that detailed the costs of making the record and where the recording, mastering, pressing, sleeve printing, etc. were done. When the record was first released, I saw how easy it was to do a record like that. It inspired me, musically and from the perspective that I could do this myself. I took the information from that insert, contacted some of the listings on it and used some of my own limited contacts and did the Dork record. I sent a copy of the finished product to the guy that released that Circus Tents EP, along with a thank you letter that was something to the effect of, "Thanks for releasing such a cool record and for including all of the great information. This is a copy of what I did with that information. I hope you like it." I never heard back from Paul, the guy that did the CT EP, but several years later he sold that record, along with the letter, on eBay, and made about $3000 on it! Hahaha! That's a lot more than that Dork record cost to record and manufacture!
Anyway, I fell in love with that CT record and played it for the other guys in the band. I wrote to the CT address inside the record and received a reply from the singer, Matt Wedgley. We started a correspondence that went on for a while, and I got a letter from him that said The Circus Tents broke up. I was bummed. I told the other guys in my band about it and they were bummed too. We soon started playing "Open Your Eyes" at rehearsals and then started playing it live. When we booked our first show at 924 Gilman Street, I sent Matt a letter to let him know we were playing, and that we'd be playing "Open Your Eyes". He came to the show. During a break in our set, someone called out "Open Your Eyes!" and I looked down to see where the voice was coming from, asking "Are you him?" Hahaha! We had never met in person, but it was Matt. We played the song and had Matt sing it with us. We didn't actually meet until after the show. He was really cool and he liked our band.
A while later, I got a letter from Matt saying that he wanted to do a 7" with us. I told the other guys about it and although it took a little convincing on my part, they agreed to do it. I thought it would be a fun thing to include our version of "Open Your Eyes" on the record, and to have Davey and Matt trading vocal lines on it. It was a nightmare getting Matt to the studio. He had missed his train (which turned out to be a trend as time went on and Matt worked for us as our roadie/merch guy), and Mark drove out to pick him up while we were in the middle of cutting some of the tracks during the recording session. When Matt got to the studio, he was still reluctant to lay down his vocal track, because he hadn't really sung in quite a while. We convinced him that it would be cool, and he did it in one take with no overdubs! We mixed the record, which became Fly in the Ointment, and had the vocals on that song trading off, but it was a little weird the way it ended up. Instead of trading every other line, they were doing alternating lines in a little different way. It was cool though.
When we were getting ready to do the reissue of ATASF on Nitro Records, I told the label that I wanted to remix the album. They agreed and I took the session master tapes back to The Art of Ears studios and remixed the entire album with Andy Ernst. I can't remember at which point we decided to include our version of "Open Your Eyes" on the reissue, but I remember remixing it the way I had originally heard it in my head, with the vocals trading off the way they do on that reissue. I guess we just wanted to give fans a little something extra on the reissue besides a different mix. The differences between the Wingnut version and the Nitro version are not extreme in any sense, but there are subtle differences in the two records, including some extra harmonies and backing vocals that I added during the remix sessions. I guess it takes a certain degree of scrutiny on the part of the listener to pick out the differences.