October 21, 2013

Where To Start With…AFI
by Tom
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by Tom Goodwyn

hmv London; 21/10/2013

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Where To Start With…AFI

After a mini-hiatus that has seen AFI take some much needed downtime and the California goth punks return this week with new studio album Burials.

Formed in 1991, AFI have released a full nine albums over their 22-year career, ranging from their 1995 ska punk-flecked debut Answer That And Stay Fashionable to 2009’s ornate Crash Love.

If you’re only just discovering Davey Havok and the boys, then you’ve got a lot of catching up to do. So, as a public service, here are five tracks to help you get started: 

Crash Love

5 - 'Beautiful Thieves'

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2009’s Crash Love took AFI’s love of grandiose production and 80s pop overtones to a new extreme and this was the album’s highlight. A stirring guitar riff that swells up to a full-on, glam rock influenced rock stomper.

Sing The Sorrow

4 - 'Girl's Not Grey'

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This appeared in 2003 as the first taste of the band’s major label debut Sing The Sorrow and sums up AFI’s take on punk rock perfectly. Featuring a dynamite guitar line and a chorus that just makes you want to punch the air in triumph, this track also features one of the coolest drum rolls you will ever have the pleasure of hearing.

DECEMBERUNDERGROUND

3 – 'Miss Murder'

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The lead-off single from 2006’s DecemberUnderground, this was a jagged, angst-ridden stomper, built round a driving bass groove and a hookworm chorus. Brutal, dark and brilliant. 

Sing The Sorrow

2 - 'Silver And Cold'

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A graceful, poignant moment from Sing The Sorrow. This is as close as AFI get to a power ballad and it sounds brilliant.

Sing The Sorrow

1 - 'The Leaving Song PT.II'

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The definitive AFI track. Graceful, ethereal and supremely bombastic, this opening cut from Sing The Sorrow remains a fixture of the band’s live set and a real fan favourite. If you want one track to introduce you to AFI, this is it.