AFI has announced its eagerly-awaited new album Bodies, due June 11, 2021 via Rise Records.
The album is heralded by two new songs — the driving Looking Tragic and the fast-paced, hooky Begging For Trouble There is also a video for Looking Tragic by long time AFI collaborator Adam Mason. Both new tracks will be included on a limited 7”
Bodies was produced by the band’s own Jade Puget and mixed by Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix, Silversun Pickups).
“‘Looking Tragic’ addresses the theme of overstimulation resulting in desensitisation,” says frontman Davey Havok. “Melodic and driving, the song came to life quickly and immediately stood out as a track to make bodies, if not sentiments, move.”
“After years of receiving early versions of songs from Jade and Davey, in forms that span loosely arranged chords and scratch vocal to fully realised demos, I think I have become quite adept at knowing which songs will or will not make the record,” adds drummer Adam Carson. “‘Begging For Trouble’ was green lit, at least in my mind, the moment I heard the vocals come in. To me, the track is a cornerstone of the new record.”
The album announcement follows last month’s release of Twisted Tongues and Escape From Los Angeles, which were the band’s first new music since the acclaimed The Missing Man EP in 2018.
The tracks were included on a limited 7″, which can be pre-ordered now at www.riserecords.com.au/afi
“Anyone who knows our catalogue knows that no two records really sit together,” Puget points out. “Some sit a little closer, maybe. We do certain things, just by virtue of who we are, that are consistent, but those things come about organically. Every time we do something, I have to judge it on its own merits. Some fans are going to judge a new album, or a new song, based on what’s come before. But as artists, we can’t do that, because it would only hinder our creativity.”
Bodies was mixed by Tony Hoffer (Depeche Mode, Belle & Sebastian) and mastered by Vlado Meller (Oasis, Pink Floyd). Puget produced the album and handled most of the engineering.
Like similarly artistically-minded iconic bands, AFI’s ever-evolving identity has kept their sound, themes, and overall image fresh. A place in rock n’ roll history assured by magical musical androgyny, both post-modern and timeless, AFI remains guided by the flames of authenticity and determination that defined their first ten albums and are sure to drive the next ten and beyond.
- Twisted Tongues
- Far Too Near
- On Your Back
- Escape From Los Angeles
- Begging For Trouble
- Back From The Flesh
- Looking Tragic
- Death Of The Party
- No Eyes
- Tied To A Tree
Pre Orders are available now