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AFI Announce January 20th Album Release for ‘AFI (The Blood Album); Two New Songs Released!

AFI Announce January 20th Album Release for ‘AFI (The Blood Album); Two New Songs Released!

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Multi-platinum-selling alt-rock band AFI have announced a January 20th, 2017 release date for their highly anticipated new album, AFI (The Blood Album). The quartet (vocalist Davey Havok, guitarist Jade Puget, bassist Hunter Burgan and drummer Adam Carson) is previewing the album with today’s release of two new tracks – “Snow Cats” and “White Offerings.” Both songs are available as instant downloads by pre-ordering AFI (The Blood Album) on iTunes or Amazon.

Fans can stream the new tracks on AFI’s official site.

News of the album’s release follows widespread speculation about the band’s plans. Earlier this week, influential alt-rock radio station KROQ posted a news story titled, “AFI Are Up To Something. But What?” Fans around the globe asked the same question, posting messages on social media and comparing conspiracy theories after the band blacked out their Facebook and Twitter account photos, completely wiped their Instagram page and posted a series of suspenseful teaser videos. “AFI has been teasing us nonstop for about four days,” wrote AP. “But that didn’t prevent us from diving way too deep into the AFI rabbit hole and trying to find every connection and possible hint we could.”

Recorded at Megawatt Studios in Los Angeles, AFI (The Blood Album) was produced by Jade Puget and co-produced by Matt Hyde (Deftones) and is the follow-up to 2013’s Burials, which hit Top 10 on The Billboard 200.  Since the release of 1995’s debut album Answer That and Stay Fashionable, AFI has written and recorded five top ten hit singles, hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 (with the stunning Decemberunderground), garnered worldwide critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal global following whose members number in the millions.

AFI (The Blood Album)  is the band’s 10th full-length studio album and first for Concord Records.

Pre-order AFI (The Blood Album):
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Amazon: http://smarturl.it/AFIamazon

Listen on Spotify:
“Snow Cats” – http://smarturl.it/AFIsnowcats
“White Offerings” – http://smarturl.it/AFIwhiteofferings

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AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget Announce BLAQK AUDIO’s “The Material Tour”

AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget Announce BLAQK AUDIO’s “The Material Tour”

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DAVEY HAVOK and JADE PUGET have announced a string of live shows for their electronic alter ego, BLAQK AUDIO. The dates will begin May 4th at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA, in support of Blaqk Audio’s new album MATERIAL, which is set for an April 15th release through Blaqknoise/Kobalt. They’ll be joined on the tour by indie band Night Riots.

The duo recently gave fans a preview of the record with lead track “Anointed,” which can be streamed HERE.  Fans can get “Anointed” as an instant download by clicking HERE to pre-order MATERIAL on iTunes.

Produced and recorded by Puget, MATERIAL is Blaqk Audio’s third release following 2012’s Bright Black Heaven and 2007’s Cexcells.

Though best known for their work with multi-platinum rock band AFI, Havok and Puget’s shared love of electronic music runs deep. Havok, who counts Devo’s Freedom of Choice and Duran Duran’s self-titled debut among the first albums he owned, saw his tastes evolve over the years from the synth pop of Erasure and Pet Shop Boys to Depeche Mode and ultimately to the heavier, darker Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Front 242 and Lords of Acid. Later, Havok immersed himself in the “futurepop” genre, which combined dark dance-y electronica with melodic vocals. From roughly 1999 to 2003, his contemporary musical diet consisted almost exclusively of artists falling under the industrial/ebm/futurepop/bigbeat/trance umbrella.

In an interview with influential Los Angeles radio station KROQ, Havok talked about the differences between Blaqk Audio and AFI: “Blaqk Audio is pure electronica whereas AFI uses organic instruments,” says Havok. AFI has drums and bass and guitar and there’s none of that in Blaqk Audio.”

Puget shared his bandmate’s long-standing love of electronic music, beginning with a passion for Daft Punk, Depeche Mode, Ministry, Squarepusher, Nitzer Ebb, and Front 242, spending a great deal of time programming electronic music, which in turn led to a plan to start an entirely electronic side project: no organic instruments, just synths, keyboards, drum machines, and software.

“Being huge music fans and fundamentally driven by music in a creative sense, BA is a wonderful outlet for our long-standing love of electronic music,” says Havok. “Were it not for BA, I’d still be writing this type of music, even if it never saw the light of day.”

The tour will see them playing music from all three Blaqk Audio releases. Dates are as follows (with additional shows TBA):

May 4 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA

May 5 – Observatory – Santa Ana, CA

May 6 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA

May 7 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA

May 10 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

May 11 – Croc – Seattle, WA

May 13 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT

May 14 – Bluebird – Denver, CO

May 16 – Turf Club – Saint Paul, MN

May 17 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

May 18 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON

May 20 – Sinclair – Cambridge, MA

May 21 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC

May 22 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

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AFI’s Davey Havok And Jade Puget (XTRMST) Release Music Video For “Conformist”

AFI’s Davey Havok And Jade Puget (XTRMST) Release Music Video For “Conformist”

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AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget have released the first music video for their straight edge hardcore band XTRMST. Making its debut on NOISEY, the video is for their first single“Conformist” – watch it here. The track is off the duo’s self-titled debut album, which NOISEYboasts as “…dark, frantic, and moody, tinged with electronics and very slick.” The LP is set for release next week on Monday November 17 via Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records. Pre-orders are now live for the album on iTunes, and you can grab the “Conformist” single HERE.

“Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years,” says Havok. “We started writing and recording in early 2012 and chose the name XTRMST because it expresses the messages represented on the record. The straight edge movement is not one of moderation. It’s based in undeniable objective truths.”

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“The straight edge philosophy is something that Davey and I gravitated towards at a young age, drawn by concepts and ideals that seem almost foreign in modern society,” says Puget. “Like much of the other subcultures we were a part of growing up, it put us at odds with 99% of the people around us, which was something we embraced. Being sXe for over 20 years and being musicians, it seemed natural that this crucial ideology would find a musical expression.”

The 14-track XTRMST album was produced and mixed by Puget at his home studio and at The Treehouse in Los Angeles, and its November 17 release will come via Dim Mak Records, the indie label founded by DJ/producer (and former member of hardcore band This Machine KillsSteve Aoki. Although Aoki and Dim Mak are most often seen as leaders in the electronic dance music space, the release of the XTRMST album marks a return to Aoki and Dim Mak’s hardcore roots. “I met Davey a while back and we bonded over our shared experiences in straight-edge culture. We found a lot of kinship there, and so it made sense for us to release an album that represents the spirit of what originally birthed Dim Mak,” states Aoki.

“These songs are the purest expression of emotion, with no thought towards commerce or accessibility,” says Puget. “And the album was made with the amount of money you have in your pocket right now – just 2 people expressing their love and hate into microphones in a tiny room.”

“XTRMST” track listing:

1. Words For the Unwanted

2. Conformist

3. Social Deathplay

4. Merciless

5. Exterminate

6. Sharper

7. Extremist

8. The Breed

9. Humanity

10. The Way

11. Swallow Your God

12. Dirty Nails

13. Juliets

14. Coward Bow Your Head

 XTRMST online:

www.xtrmst.com

www.facebook.com/xtrmst

www.twitter.com/xtrmst

http://instagram.com/xtrmst

https://soundcloud.com/xtrmst-xtrmst

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XTRMST: AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget Unveil New Hardcore Side-Project

XTRMST: AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget Unveil New Hardcore Side-Project

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AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget have announced a November 18 release for XTRMST, the self-titled debut album from the duo’s new straight-edge hardcore band. The first single from the album, “Conformist,” will be available this coming Tuesday, October 7. In conjunction with this announcement, the pair have posted a brand new album track online called “Words For The Unwanted.” Listen now at www.xtrmst.com.

“Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years,” says Havok. “We started writing and recording in early 2012 and chose the name XTRMST because it expresses the messages represented on the record. The straight edge movement is not one of moderation. It’s based in undeniable objective truths.”

“The straight edge philosophy is something that Davey and I gravitated towards at a young age, drawn by concepts and ideals that seem almost foreign in modern society,” says Puget. “Like much of the other subcultures we were a part of growing up, it put us at odds with 99% of the people around us, which was something we embraced. Being sXe for over 20 years and being musicians, it seemed natural that this crucial ideology would find a musical expression.”

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XTRMST

The 14-track XTRMST album was produced and mixed by Puget at his home studio and at The Treehouse in Los Angeles, and its November 18 release will come via Dim Mak Records, the indie label founded by DJ/producer (and former member of hardcore band This Machine KillsSteve Aoki. Although Aoki and Dim Mak are most often seen as leaders in the electronic dance music space, the release of the XTRMST album marks a return to Aoki and Dim Mak’s hardcore roots. “I got into straight-edge hardcore when I was a teen. It was my community, it was the reason I picked up a guitar, it’s the reason I was in bands, and ultimately it was the reason why I started Dim Mak,” says Aoki. Although no longer a staunch straight-edge follower today, Aoki expands, “I met Davey a while back and we bonded over our shared experiences in straight-edge culture. We found a lot of kinship there, and so it made sense for us to release an album that represents the spirit of what originally birthed Dim Mak.”

“I wanted these songs to be chaos, at times difficult to listen to, the wild architecture difficult to understand, but with a taste of the hardcore we grew up on thrown in. The vocals are raw and the main vocal in every song is the first take,” says Puget.

Fans began buzzing about XTRMST this past March, when Vacation Vinyl in Los Angeles offered free copies of a four-song cassette featuring a simple XT logo next to a sign that read, “Do you like hardcore? Fan of Straight Edge? If so – take this tape for free!” The tapes disappeared instantly and rumors of a new project from Havok and Puget lit up the Internet. When the rumor mill went into overdrive, Puget took to Twitter to announce, “Now that the cat is out of the bag, XTRMST is indeed Davey and I. More to come.”

“These songs are the purest expression of emotion, with no thought towards commerce or accessibility,” says Puget. “And the album was made with the amount of money you have in your pocket right now – just 2 people expressing their love and hate into microphones in a tiny room.”

“XTRMST” track listing:

1. Words For the Unwanted

2. Conformist

3. Social Deathplay

4. Merciless

5. Exterminate

6. Sharper

7. Extremist

8. The Breed

9. Humanity

10. The Way

11. Swallow Your God

12. Dirty Nails

13. Juliets

14. Coward Bow Your Head

 

XTRMST online:

www.xtrmst.com

www.facebook.com/xtrmst

www.twitter.com/xtrmst

http://instagram.com/xtrmst

https://soundcloud.com/xtrmst-xtrmst

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AFI Perform “Veronica Sawyer Smokes” At MTV’s Ulalume Festival

AFI Perform “Veronica Sawyer Smokes” At MTV’s Ulalume Festival

afi-ulalumeWith no better way to kick-off Halloween, AFI brings fans a golden performance of “Veronica Sawyer Smokes” live from mtvU’s Ulalume festival. The Morrissey-esque track comes from AFI’s newly released album, Crash Love which also features the single “Medicate.”

The Ulalume event, which took place in Columbia, Maryland, also features Paramore, Dead By Sunrise and Kid Cudi.

More performances from AFI can be seen Friday, October 30 at 9pm ET/PT on MTV, 10pm ET/PT on MTV2 and 11pm ET/PT on mtvU during the “Ulalume: Howling at New Moon” special. Repeats of the special will air Halloween 10/31 at 2:30am and 6pm.

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AFI Release Live Performance Clip From MTV’s Ulalume Festival

AFI Release Live Performance Clip From MTV’s Ulalume Festival

afi-ulalumeAFI have just released a video performance from this weekend’s Ulalume Festival in Columbia, Maryland. The clip can be seen on Mtvu.com or you can check it out below!

The video showcases an energetic performance of “Beautiful Thieves” to thousands of adoring fans. “Beautiful Thieves” is a new track off of the critically acclaimed album Crash Love, which is available everywhere now.

MTV has also posted an exclusive set of recent photos of the band that feature Davey Havok and co looking their sharpest.

The Ulalume Festival was an all day Halloween themed festival that saw Paramore co-headline with AFI. Other artist’s of note that performed were Dead By Sunrise and Kid Cudi.

AFI are currently on a North American tour through December. Tour dates are as follows:

November 03 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
November 04 St Louis, MO The Pageant
November 06 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
November 07 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
November 09 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
November 10 Toronto, ONT, Canada Sound Academy
November 12 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
November 13 New York City, NY Roseland Ballroom
November 15 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
November 16 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
November 18 West Palm Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
November 19 Lake Bueuna Vista, FL House of Blues
November 21 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
November 22 Austin, TX Stubbs
December 15 Winnepeg, MB Canada Winnipeg Convention Center
December 16 Saskatoon, SK, Canada Prairieland Park
December 18 Edmonton, AB, Canada Shaw Conference Center
December 19 Calgary, AB Canada Big Four Building
December 21 Victoria, BC, Canada Save On Foods Centre

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AFI Offer Fans Free Download of “Ziggy Stardust” Cover

AFI Offer Fans Free Download of “Ziggy Stardust” Cover

AFI have kicked off their tour in support of their latest album Crash Love and during soundcheck yesterday (October 15th) they recorded a damn good version of weirdo-pop icon David Bowie’s classic track “Ziggy Stardust”.

You can download the free track at this location >

As recently reported. AFI has just made the video for their single “Medicate” available for free on iTunes. The performance heavy video was directed by Paul Minor who shot in the video in color and changed it to black and white in post production. Once all color was removed, gold was pumped into the video shot by shot creating a glossy, post modern vibe. Fans can download the video for free for one week only on iTunes by visiting http://bit.ly/medicate_video.

Crash Love is in stores and on iTunes now. For all the latest news from AFI visit www.afireinside.net.

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AFI Offer Fans Free Download Of ‘Medicate’ Video From iTunes!

AFI Offer Fans Free Download Of ‘Medicate’ Video From iTunes!

afi-crashlove-goldThe Bay Area quartet AFI, who recently released their eighth studio album Crash Love, has just made the video for their single “Medicate” available for free on iTunes. The performance heavy video was directed by Paul Minor who shot in the video in color and changed it to black and white in post production. Once all color was removed, gold was pumped into the video shot by shot creating a glossy, post modern vibe. Fans can download the video for free for one week only on iTunes by visiting http://bit.ly/medicate_video.

“Medicate” was also included on the new Guitar Hero 5 game as well as on the iPhone application Tap Tap Revenge. Crash Love is in stores and on iTunes now. For all the latest news from AFI visit www.afireinside.net.

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AFI Release Re-Edited Video For “Medicate”

AFI Release Re-Edited Video For “Medicate”

afi-crashlove-goldAFI has just released a re-edited, higher quality, version of the visually intriguing video for “Medicate.” The Paul Minor directed video which was shot in black, white and a hint of gold captures the first predominantly performance video from the Bay area quartet. The video also showcases Jade Puget’s guitar solo which has been described by lead singer Davey Havok as, “not only my favorite moment in ‘Medicate’… but one of my favorite moments on the record.”

“Medicate” is the first single from AFI’s new album, Crash Love, and is also included on the new Guitar Hero 5 game. Crash Love hit stores last week and is available in stores and through iTunes. For all the latest news from AFI visit www.afireinside.net

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AFI To Release ‘Crash Love’ On September 29th, 2009

AFI To Release ‘Crash Love’ On September 29th, 2009

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Davey Havok, Jade Puget, Hunter Burgan and Adam Carson, collectively known as AFI, will be releasing their eighth studio album, Crash Love , September 29 on DGC/Interscope Records.

Produced by Joe McGrath and Jacknife Lee and two years in the making, Crash Love, is possibly AFI’s most focused, direct and ambitious effort to date. On standout tracks including “Medicate,” “Veronica Sawyer Smokes,” “End Transmission,” “Beautiful Thieves” and more, Puget, Burgan and Carson’s inimitable chemistry shines more brightly than ever while Havok’s lyrics reach beyond his trademark abstract introspection, delving into examination and dissection of celebrity culture from within and without.

“Honestly I’ve never been more proud of an AFI record,” said Havok. “We are thrilled to hear it come to life.”

During Crash Love’s recording, the members of AFI were joined at Los Angeles’ Conway Studios by the winners of the band’s Begin Transmission contest, in which the band members personally went through thousands of fan-made video submissions and chose a handful of entrants to contribute backing vocals to the new album. Honorable Mentions also chosen by the band each received a handmade Valentines Day card by the member of AFI who chose him or her.

Crash Love follows up two consecutive platinum AFI albums, 2006’s DECEMBERUNDERGROUND which entered the U.S. chart at #1 and 2003’s SING THE SORROW. AFI’s discography also includes the full lengths THE ART OF DROWNING (2000), BLACK SAILS IN THE SUNSET (1999), SHUT YOUR MOUTH & OPEN YOUR EYES (1997), VERY PROUD OF YA (1996) and ANSWER THAT AND STAY FASHIONABLE (1995).

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