AFI is an important and significant punk rock band from California. Founded in 1991, the band has earned a large following based on their unique brand of punk rock. Their sound has been described as “goth-punk” although that description is rejected by the band. They’re known for blending elements of hardcore and horror punk and introducing that sound to a wide audience.
The band released Burials on Oct. 22, 2013. It’s AFI’s ninth studio album and their 20th overall (counting LPs, EPs, and live albums). The work was produced by Gil Norton. Burials contains the singles “I Hope You Suffer” and “17 Crimes.” It peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200.
Davey Havok (lead vocals)
Adam Carson (drums)
Hunter Burgan (bass)
Jade Puget (guitar)
Vic Chalker (bass)
Mark Stopholese (guitar)
Geoff Kresge (bass)
AFI formed in 1991 and released their first full-length studio album in 1995. The band didn’t achieve commercial success, however, until Sing the Sorrow landed in 2003. That may seem like a long time but it’s actually quite fast when you consider that when the band formed no one knew how to play an instrument.
SNL and Guitar Hero
The success of Sing the Sorrow earned the band an appearance on Saturday Night Live (January 2007) as well as a spot on the American leg of Live Earth. Also in 2007, their song “Carcinogen Crush” was featured as downloadable content for the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
What does AFI stand for? Well, it stands for lots of things. It currently stands for “A Fire Inside.” In the past, AFI stood for "Asking for It" and "Anthems for Insubordinates."
Answer That and Stay Fashionable (1995)
Very Proud of Ya (1996)
Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes (1997)
Black Sails in the Sunset (1999)
The Art of Drowning (2000)
Sing the Sorrow (2003)
Crash Love (2009)