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Hey punk fans, here's my latest kick-ass discovery : The Surrogates. Based in Syracuse NY, the Pop-punk quartet have been around since 2010 and they have just released their latest EP entitled "Easier Without You". I can honestly say, it fucking shreds! Heavy guitars riffs, catchy hooks and one of my favorite features: 2 different singers! There's something about them that reminds me of vintage Face To Face... Anyway, I'll let you judge on that. Stop reading this and stream the EP here.
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AFI has announced the 100 Words Tour where they will be performing “Sing The Sorrow” in its entirety. The tour is limited to dates in four US cities, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Petaluma. Get the full info on the tour dates and times below, or check out the news on the official website here.Add to My Radar
Earlier today, Thirty Seconds to Mars, AFI, and Linkin Park jointly announced that they will be preparing to head out on the Carnivores Tour this summer, featuring all three acts.
The tour will begin early August in Florida, and wraps up mid-September in California, traveling throughout the US and Canada.
You can view a complete list of tour dates and locations below.Add to My Radar
AFI recently swung through the Beacham Theater in Orlando on the current leg of their Burials tour. You can check out the band’s performance of the track “I Hope You Suffer” below, as captured by the folks at Punkworldviews.Add to My Radar
Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.
Today’s cover comes from punk-turned-goth-turned-industrial pop (/whatever) group, AFI covering “Today’s Lesson” written by East Bay hardcore originators Filth. The original version of the song appeared Filth’s 1990 EP Live the Chaos before being compiled as a part of the 2008 pressing of The Shit Split (co-released with Blatz). AFI’s cover was released in 1997 on their third album, Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes.
You can listen to both the original and the cover below.Add to My Radar
Much like the 2013 edition of the festival, it looks like punk fans will have a few bands to look forward to seeing at this year’s Coachella in Indio, California. The 2014 lineup has been revealed, and on it includes acts such as AFI, Anti-Flag, The Replacements, Frank Turner, and Title Fight.
Of course, many non-punk acts will also be playing, such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Superchunk, Kid Cudi,the reformed OutKast, Muse, and the Arcade Fire (the last three of whom are headlining) so decide wisely before making a decision to attend the two-weekend spanning festival.
Coachella runs from April 11-13 and April 18-20. You can get more info and checkout the full lineup here.Add to My Radar
Ahead of their next tour, AFI performed Monday night on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
The band played a five-song set for fans before the show: 17 Crimes, Miss Murder, Beautiful Thieves, Girl’s Not Grey, and I Hope You Suffer
For the broadcast, AFI performed “17 Crimes” and “Miss Murder”. Check out video of both performances below.
AFI have two shows scheduled in California next month, before hitting the road in January for a longer US tour, followed by short tours in both Australia and South America. See a full list of dates here.
The band’s latest album, Burials, came out on October 22nd through Republic Records.Add to My Radar
“Does this dress make me look fat?”
As someone who has been in a committed relationship for the last four years, this is a question that I still dread being asked. Of course I know that the answer is a sound “No” (We all know that the answer to that question is always “No”, don’t we?), but it’s important to acknowledge what’s really being asked, which is “Do I look good in this?” and the matter at hand isn’t whether or not the asker actually looks ‘fat’, but if they can pull off the style that they are currently wearing. I bring this up in an album review because with their ninth studio album, Burials, AFI takes on so many styles of music that it’s almost as if the band is asking the question “Does this album make us look fat?”.
Burials begins on a melancholy note, as “The Sinking Night” starts with a droning guitar and near tribal-sounding drums, slowly getting louder as Davey Havok begins to shout over the music. It’s an introductory track much in the same way that “Miseria Cantare- The Beginning” was an intro. If all the teaser videos that came out leading up to the album’s release weren’t enough to conjure up images of Sing the Sorrow, “This Sinking Night” cements the idea that Burials could very well be a spiritual successor to the band’s major label debut. Except AFI then immediately takes a sharp turn and throws that expectation right out the window.
First single “I Hope You Suffer” is where the album really begins, showing off the new industrial elements that AFI has incorporated into their music. Between the piano riffs, guitar tones, and ever-prevalent synth, “I Hope You Suffer” sounds more like Nine Inch Nails than Nine Inch Nails currently does (I think. I haven’t kept up with NIN in a long while). It’s not quite the direction I was expecting to hear AFI go in, but it’s a direction that the band wears proudly and owns it.
Unfortunately the rest of the album doesn’t follow suit. Tracks like “A Deep Slow Panic”, “No Resurrection” and “17 Crimes” aren’t ‘bad’ songs per se, but they come off sounding like rejected tunes from 2006’s Decemberunderground, while songs like “Heart Stops” and “Wild” have the band go full blown pop and electronic, respectfully. AFI’s pop-meets-goth-meets-new wave sound (Dark wave? Post-New Wave? Post-Wave? I have no idea what it’s called) is in full swing on Burials, much to its detriment. Burials genre-hops so much that the album comes off as inconsistent. It’s already a given that fans of AFI’s early hardcore work aren’t going to enjoy any new material that the band puts out, but an album this unfocused even makes it difficult for latter-era fans (such as myself) to defend.
I’m all for band’s trying out new styles. It’s just a lot easier to digest when a band picks one new style per album and makes it their own. On Burials, we get to see AFI trying on six or seven outfits at once without stopping to think about what works (“I Hope You Suffer”, “Rewind” “Greater Than ‘84”) and what doesn’t (“The Conductor”, “Heart Stops”, “Wild”… ugh, especially “Wild”). So no, AFI, Burials doesn’t make you look fat. But your lack of focus certainly does.
3 / 5 Stars
RIYL: Nine Inch Nails, Joy Division, The Cure (if Danzig replaced Robert Smith)
AFI released their last studio album, Crash Love, back in September 2009 on Interscope Records.Add to My Radar
After years of speculation regarding their “current status”, it has been announced that Nitro Records (owned by The Offspring‘s Dexter Holland) will be relaunched next year, and vinyl reissues appear to be in the works. Nitro recently issued the following update on their Facebook page:
“Greetings! We’re busy at work preparing our 2014 re-launch plans. What release on vinyl do you want to see first from Nitro?”
It was announced last July that The Bicycle Music Company now has the rights to all recordings released on Nitro. Bands that have released recordings on the label include many notable punk bands such as AFI, Jughead’s Revenge, The Vandals, The Damned, TSOL and Guttermouth. Nitro also released the reissue of The Offspring’s 1989 self-titled debut album on CD for the first time in 1995 and again in 2001.Add to My Radar
“Davey was going through a very chaotic and dark time in his life when we started this record, which really motivated what he was writing, which motivated what I was creating. We had never come from that place before. Not even Black Sails In The Sunset was as dark. We were coming from a fast and angry perspective. We were definitely drawn to the darker and heavier sounds on this new album. Lyrically the theme is definitely chaos, panic, kind of destruction, anger; and for me, knowing where he’s coming from I had to match that.”
Burials will be released later this month via Republic Records. AFI released their last studio album, Crash Love, back in September 2009.Add to My Radar