Davey Havok (AFI) May Have A New Straight Edge Hardcore Band
Linkin Park, 30 Seconds To Mars, and AFI have announced the Carnivores Tour that will be taking place in amphitheaters this August and September. Check out the dates below after the jump.
Coachella will be bringing OutKast, Muse, and Arcade Fire along for 2014’s festival headliners. A slew of other bands like The Replacements, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Beck are also playing. Check out the full lineup below after the jump!
Our 100 Words Or Less Podcast with host Ray Harkins is back with a very special guest today - Davey Havok of AFI. Ray and Davey spoke about theatre, being creative regardless of cximumstances, handling criticism, and much more. This is a great episode to get you into the podcast if you’ve yet to check it out yet.
by Donald Wagenblast, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Let’s face it. Seeing a band that’s been around for twenty years, especially in the turbulent circumstances rock music has faced recently, is almost mythical at this point. For whatever reason, there just haven’t been that many bands that have not only been able to write good, impactful music, but do so consistently for two decades, let alone one. And yet, it’s 2013 and, twenty-two years after their formation (and an astounding fifteen years since the last time they’ve shuffled their lineup), AFI is back with new album Burials. The band has gotten to this point thanks to defining themselves as a band under constant sonic evolution, from their gritty punk beginnings to their post-hardcore leanings, making way to the more straight-up alternative rock approach from their last full-length, 2009’s Crash Love. No matter what stage of their career they’ve been in, the band has always found a way to appeal to the masses, and with Burials, they prove that despite being quiet for a while, they’ve still got it.
The album’s opening one-two punch of “The Sinking Night” and “I Hope You Suffer” is as vintage as AFI’s sound gets, thanks to a re-emergence of vocalist Davey Havoc’s hoarse, yelled vocals, which will remind listeners of “The Leaving Song, Pt. 2” from Sing the Sorrow. “This Sinking Night” begins with a slow, drudging tone from guitarist Jade Puget, while drummer Adam Carson pounds his kit in accordance with Puget’s barren, melancholy tone. Havoc enters the fray with a subdued introduction before the song bursts outward just after the midway point, taking on the appearance of an industrial rock track. “This Sinking Night” flows seamlessly into the album’s clear-cut top track, “I Hope You Suffer,” featuring one of the band’s most arena-ready choruses of their career. The grit and energy in Havoc’s vocals are the main sticking point of the song, but the backbone provided by Carson is what truly sets the track apart from the rest of the album.
After a raucous opening, AFI decide to slow things down slightly for the next few tracks on the album, focusing on more alternative-rock tinged numbers (like the ones Crash Love was laced with). “A Deep Slow Panic” is quite somber, featuring verses that are paced by bassist Hunter Burgan, while the catchy chorus is backed by Puget’s riffs. “No Resurrection” features gang vocals throughout its verses, which add a nice flair before Havoc treks it alone through the chorus. Lead single “17 Crimes,” a song about longing for the regret-free teenage years that (for AFI, at least) have long since passed, is faster-paced than the two tracks before it, but the pacing doesn’t stop the chorus from getting stuck in your head immediately.