The current line up of AFI is
Many accuse AFI of selling out to the big label (Dreamworks and now Interscope) to become more successful, but few ever stop to think if the music has really changed and only asscoiate getting more money to, "sucking". The band has yet to have dramatic changes, but the fan base has most certainly changed from before.
A plethora of "scene" people or "music elitists" would accuse AFI for being a poser band and say that they "suck" and they've listened to sucky bands before. However, most of the people who have accused AFI of being a poser band haven't even listened to AFI before and only rely on the words of mainstream post STS fans.
2. Indie rocker: Ew, AFI are such a stupid band. Why not listen to bands that actually sound like music? Like, trulymadlydeeplysoulsthatring?
Normal AFI fan: I dare you to say that five times fast!
3. Music elitist: AFI are so passe, I stopped listening to them when I found Sublime and Op. Ivy. Only fourteen year old girls listen to AFI.
AFI fan: And I'm sure that plenty more listen to Sublime you bland overly opinionated starbucks coffee drinking music snarking elitist.
4. Most people who don't listen to AFI, don't bother listening to them because preppy girls listen to them, therefore making these pathetic haters, stupid. Why, you ask? Because they're basing their opinions on an artist on thirteen year old preppy girls. Instantly making these snide haters, tools because, really, who the frick gives a flying @!&#!* about what a preteen prep has to say?
Because of this many people see them as an emo band, now based on a couple songs that they heard on the radio. AFI isn't exactly punk, and it isn't emo.
It's just... AFI. Who cares what scene they belong to? They have a unique touch and if you're into stuff with meaning than it'd be worth your time to try AFI.
AFI stands for "A Fire Inside."
2) People hate AFI and sometimes refer to it as "emo," it attempts to look hardcore and cool.
2) "Lol I hate AFI. HATING A BAND MAKES ME SO COOL. I hate you emos. Hahahaha." Really the people that pretend to hate bands are the most emo of all. XD
<poser ass-face> They are emo. I have never heard them. Ever. But I have heard that they are emo. Therefor: I hate them.
<knowledgeable person> *stomps on poser ass-face's neck and eats liver* hehe DIE POSERS lol
The next year they produced Very Proud of Ya, which was the same concept with more introspective lyrics and a tighter sound.
In 1997 they released Shut Your Mouth And Open Your Eyes, with Hunter Burgan instead on bass. The album's blistering hardcore punk had elements of gothic lyrics in it.
A year later they came out with the Fire Inside EP, and they had officially changed their acronym to A Fire Inside (formerly Asking For It). This album was a transition for the band since it was the last to have Mark on guitar, and that they began developing a greater interest in goth-rock, covering "the hanging garden" by the cure.
1999 saw the release of Black Sails in the Sunset and the All Hallow's EP. they had Jade Puget on guitar, and he was also the main songwriter. Black Sails is considered one of their best albums, and improves their goth-punk sound on A Fire Inside to epic proportions, and Havok's lyrics improved as well. the All Hallow's EP included the essential AFI anthems "Fall Children" and "Totalimmortal"
Two years later, the song "Days of the Phoenix" hit mainstream radio, and they were back with The Art of Drowning, another goth-punk album with profounder lyrics and vocal improvement.
After releasing the two-song 10" vinyl EP, "336", in 2002 exclusively at Hot Topic stores, they went into the recording room at Dreamworks, and in 2003, came out with Sing the Sorrow. Many of their older fans lost interest at the slower songs found on that album, shedding entirely of its punk influences and exploring deep, brooding gothic musicality. The album was a hit and its videos were everywhere, from TRL to the video music awards
After a three-year hiatus, Decemberunderground was released on June 6, 2006, reaching an even wider audience with its single "Miss Murder". This album pleased both their old and new fans with a variety of songs. Songs like "Kill Caustic" and "Affliction" were more-melodic echoes of Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes, "Kiss and Control" and "Endlessly, SHe Said" sounded like B-sides from Sing the Sorrow, and the rest of their material is their most experimental to date and explores 80's goth and new wave, glam, and even arena-pop.
the singles (so far):
He Who Laughs Last
The Days of the Phoenix
Girls Not Grey
The Leaving Song Part II
Silver and Cold
Rabbits are Roadkill on Rt. 37
Love Like Winter
The Missing Frame
A.F.I. started adding more gothic influences to their punk music after the "A Fire Inside EP" (1998) Adeline Records. This includes "Black Sails in the Sunset" (1999 Nitro), "All Hallow's EP" (1999 Nitro), and "The Art of Drowning" (2000 Nitro) which gained more mainstream success then any other.
In 2002 AFI sold their souls to Dreamwork Records and MTV, releasing Sing The Sorrow(2003) and DecemberUnderground (2006 Interscope Records). Their music, look, and message went through an extreme change. They are well known by the mainstream and have a huge nazi-like new fanbase that knows little of the old punk band or scene. The new fans often think just because someone doesn't like AFI means they have never heard their music. Their music is now more heavy rock, new-wave emo, pop-punk sounding with a touch of flamboyantness. Some would even say AFI were kidnapped, murdered, and had their identities stolen by a group of giggling gay boys in eyeshadow who now pose as being "A.F.I.".
Old AFI fan: Davey Havok is gay and had a sex change.
New AFI fan: Well.. I STILL LOVE AFI, ALL THEIR ALBUMS ARE AMAZINGZ@!
Old AFI fan: Have you even heard anything by AFI before they left Nitro records?
New AFI fan: No, what other albums? OMGOMG MTV IS SHOWING THE RERUN OF AFI'S MUSIC VIDEO IN 5 MINUTES! BYE!