The California punk/goth rockers have released their eagerly awaited album Bodies, and fans and critics are loving it!
AFI’s freshly released 11th studio album – their first LP release since 2017’s AFI (The Blood Album) – is ‘stonking’! And if sales and streams are anything to go by, it was worth the long four-year wait for the fans.
To celebrate ‘Bodies’ being unleashed upon the world the band have also dropped the video for their latest single On Your Back, which is continuing to stoke the flames of excitement surrounding the album. Check it out below.
‘Bodies’ was finished prior to the pandemic but both the band and the record company decided to hold back on releasing the album so they could support it with a promotional tour once the worst of the restrictions were eased.
However hard this decision was for the band, trickling out new tracks over the past months, has really helped build up a buzz amongst their fan base. Although the reasoning behind the delayed release was the inability to tour, the band are yet to announce any upcoming live shows promoting the album.
Bodies, combines the bands experimental attitudes with the signature AFI sound. This coupled with Davy Havok’s ability to provoke emotion through his vocal vulnerability, AFI has created a body of work fans will be embracing for a while to come.
With Havok’s new wave influences from side project Dreamcar woven through the album, the tracks have a distinctive retro feel. However, this doesn’t leave the listener with a heard-it-all-before impression, rather, that sense of familiarity, yet authentic and fresh.
“We are thrilled to finally see the release of Bodies,” “For so long, we’ve wanted this record to be yours. Now it is.” Davey Havok, AFITweet
Bassist Hunter Burgan, said, “Every album is an opportunity to show people a snapshot of our evolution.” The bands evolution is constantly finding solid ground to expand their sound, calling in new fans while keeping their cult-like following happy.
AFI may have expanded their sound since their punk rock beginnings, but you will hear the ghost of their musical past with hints of Misfits and The Cure creeping into tracks like Escape from Los Angeles and On Your Back respectively.
The best thing you can do is play the album through, then play it again. Take in the bands latest offering, weaving three decades of AFI into yet another alluring album and enjoy the journey.
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