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Multi-platinum alt-rock band AFI are gearing up for the October 22nd release of their much-buzzed about new album, Burials. Recorded with producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Patti Smith, Foo Fighters) and mixed by Andrew Scheps (Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers) Burials is AFI’s ninth full-length studio album and first for Republic Records.
The band recently released first track “I Hope You Suffer,” which immediately rocketed into the top 10 on iTunes Alternative Songs Chart. Rolling Stone described the song as “epic,” “layering [lead vocalist Davey] Havok's anguished cries within a lightning storm of distortion, synthetic orchestrations, and volcanic percussion.”
AFI (Havok, guitarist Jade Puget, bassist Hunter Burgan and drummer Adam Carson) will be performing “I Hope You Suffer” and previewing additional songs from Burials during their upcoming North American tour, which kicks off September 12th at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis.
Over the course of the past several weeks, the band has posted a series of starkly shot black and white vignettes, the first of which debuted in early April. Together with director Surround (The Killers, TV on the Radio, The Drums, Usher, The Bravery), they’ve created six to date, all of which can be seen at www.afireinside.net.
AFI will also have a new song—“17 Crimes”—spotlighted as the end title track in the upcoming film, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. A remix of “17 Crimes” will appear on the soundtrack, which is being released on August 20th.
Since the release of 1995’s debut album Answer That and Stay Fashionable, AFI have written and recorded five top ten hit singles (“Miss Murder,” “Medicate,” “Love Like Winter,” “Silver and Gold,” “Girl’s Not Grey”), hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 (with the stunning Decemberunderground), garnered critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal international following whose members number in the millions.
"Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable" - Woody Allen
Although from the mouth of a famed comedian, it's difficult to overlook an epigraph that has the potential to resonate with so many people. This is not to say that everything on this planet is negative, as the quote suggests. It is to say, however, that a great many of us take a look around and ask, "When did things get so shitty?" This, of course, happens on a daily basis. Especially with us Americans.
Five of these inquisitive U.S. natives are sprinkled in amongst the other 3.8 million people who live in Los Angeles, California. Coming together in late 2007, Touche Amore (as the collective group is known) plays hardcore that aims at making their listeners aware of a few things that "ruffle the band's feathers"...so to speak. The quintet's sound has been linked to"traditional" screamo bands like Orchid, pageninetynine and Hot Cross, while also being called reminiscent of the more straight-up" approaches of outfits like American Nightmare, Curl Up & Die and even Jawbreaker.
With a healthy amount of shows already played alongside bands like Trash Talk and The Carrier, Touche Amore is now looking to the future: a dense schedule of performances in various states, and their debut release on 7-inch vinyl out this summer on No Sleep Records.
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Los Angeles based COMING formed in 2012 and consists of band members: Dustin Hollenbeck (vocals, guitar), William Hedgecock (Bass), and AJ English (Drums). Their music is an aggressive mix of abrasive, post-punk sonic sounds with hardcore aesthetics. COMING have become known for their high energy shows in and around the Los Angeles area and their self-released debut EP, "Lonely", is available now on their bandcamp page. COMING plans to release their second EP, "Destructure", in September to coincide with a nationwide tour.