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:
5 - 'Beautiful Thieves'
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.
4 - 'Girl's Not Grey'
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.
3 – 'Miss Murder'
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.
2 - 'Silver And Cold'
A graceful, poignant moment from Sing The Sorrow. This is as close as AFI get to a power ballad and it sounds brilliant.
1 - 'The Leaving Song PT.II'
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.