AFI's Jade On Raw, Emotional New Record
EXCLUSIVE! Rock band's guitarist tells us about their ninth LP...
Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 22:30
Now 22 years together, American alternative rockers AFI are still going strong.
The California foursome – Davey Havok, Adam Carson, Jade Puget and Hunter Burgan – are back on the scene with their ninth album Burials.
We chatted to guitarist Jade about the recording process, online reaction to their new music and the band's future...
How does the sound of Burials compare to your previous records?
"We always try to do something a little different. We don't want to ever repeat ourselves. On Burials we were coming from a more raw, emotional place.
Our singer Davey was going through some stuff in his life that led him to be in a very dark place. We wrote together in a little room in the Hollywood Hills and it was very claustrophobic, so the whole thing led to this dark record from us."
Davey recently said he feels disappointed with the tone of the album...
"Yeah, because the lyrics are so dark and distraught. That's what people expect from AFI, but they were still very honest and representative of where he was at the time and he couldn't really write anything but that."
Was there anything unusual about the recording process?
"We wanted to go and make this in a timeframe like we used to make punk records. These days it's easy just to get in the studio and stand there for months and months. That sense of urgency was really nice.
Having no windows, there was a very weird vibe in the studio like a Vegas casino – you never know what time it is. We left the regular world behind to make this record."
When you unveiled your new singles I Hope You Suffer and 17 Crimes, did you check out the reaction online?
"A long time ago I stopped looking online. It's not a healthy pursuit to try and find out what people are saying. Even if it's complimentary, you'd get a skewed version of what your material is through that and it's better to just to do what you feel is right."
Are you supportive of music streaming sites such as Spotify?
"Musicians don't have a choice in people's listening habits. You can rail against it all day and take your music off streaming sites, but this is where we're at now. They don't pay artists in a fair way, but at the same time there's millions and millions of people listening to your music so that's the trade-off."
What's the future for AFI?
"Davey and I have always said the second it feels stale and it's not exciting for us then we'll stop. That could've happened on this record, but when we got together we felt very inspired and we're still feeling it."
AFI's new album Burials is out now.
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