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AFI: Back in bl-oh you know how it goes

Post hardcore legends AFI return with new album Burials next month. Tom Doyle grabbed frontman Davey Havok to talk anniversaries, changing skin and leaving scenes behind.

Hi Davey! You guys have obviously evolved a hell of a lot over the years. Will Burials keep AFI relevant to fans from The Art Of Drowning days?

“To be honest, it may or may not be depending on how long those fans have stuck around. If those fans are still here and they came in in ’97 then I think it’s extremely relevant because if you’re still with us at this point it shows that you have a really true understanding of AFI and a band who evolves with every record. If you see and appreciate that with each album there is growth then I think you will understand that, as in the past, what we are delivering with Burials is something new, something fresh and something that doesn’t really sound like Crash Love or Sing The Sorrow or Black Sails…. It is different whilst keeping with the tone of what we do. It’s very honest and very pure, grew very naturally and represents who we are now as musicians and writers.”

AFI: Chillin’

What do you think the Davey Havok of 2000 would think of Davey Havok in 2013?

“In a way, things have come full circle since the very early days. In the inception of the band and when I was new to writing I hadn’t really found my voice both figuratively and literally I was writing very direct lyrics. Similarly, Burials is very direct and very candid. In that respect there is a very strong parallel between what was going on stylistically in 1995 and now, although the scenes are starkly different and the mood and tone is starkly different. In that middle period around ’99, 2000 I grew into creating a mood more through symbolic and metaphoric imagery but I am back to being much more lyrically direct.”

Do you feel that the amount of time you have been around and the influence you have make you, in some way, custodians of a scene?

“No, I really don’t and it is hard for me to accept or even recognise. I just don’t see us part of a scene, we don’t really fit anywhere and we never have and I’ve never seen or really heard anything that seems to be influenced by AFI. I sometimes speak to people who are kind enough to say that we have influenced a lot of bands and on occasion someone in a band might say ‘Hey, I’m in a band are you really influenced me’ and it’s very flattering, but I never really see evidence of it so it’s hard for me to truly accept it. I think what I’m more able to understand is when people say AFI have impacted their lives in a way that they make comparisons to artists that I feel very strongly about. That feels more real to me, that someone might think about me in the way that I feel about those particular artists that I love. It’s still surreal, though.”


There have been a lot of bands doing anniversary shows lately. Next year is 15 years since Black Sails In The Sunset, do you see yourself revisiting and touring that album?

“I have no interest in doing something like that. I’m proud of all of what we created, it was all a time and a place and they were great times, but those times are over. It would feel very inappropriate for us to try and go back and re-create them. If I was ever to do something like that, it would mean something was terribly terribly wrong with me.”

You’ve had quite a long break from AFI since you released Crash Love, how excited are you to get a new record out?

“It’s really exciting for us to be releasing Burials and I’m super excited for people to hear it. We spent over a year writing these songs and they came to life in such a complete way as we were working and demoing that I was very anxious for people to hear every one of them. There are songs that didn’t even make the tracking session that I’d love for people to hear some day but equally I’m thrilled for people to hear what we decided to call Burials – I really hope they enjoy it.”

Burials is out October 21

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North American syndicated rock radio show “In The Studio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands” salutes Sammy Hagar on the 30th anniversary of “Three Lock Box” and the 25th anniversary of his knockout solo album “I Never Said Goodbye”.

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Bolt Thrower’s birthday bash, Boltfest, has succeeded in raising a considerable sum for Teenage Cancer Trust. The show, held at the HMV Forum in London on April 7th, included a line-up handpicked by Bolt Thrower: Autopsy, Discharge, Benediction, and Vallenfyre – all who, according to the band, helped contribute to great memories throughout Bolt Thrower’s 26 year career. All 2050 tickets sold out in just over 2 weeks, with the band hoping to achieve the target of £10,000 for TCT.

The band announced today: “The next piece of news, and the one which we’re most proud of, is to let you all know the amount we’ve raised for Teenage Cancer Trust: £12,411.80 (approx 15,000 Euros / $20,000)! The money has already been handed over to TCT, so on behalf of them we’d like to thank everyone who donated by participating in Boltfest.”

Bolt Thrower previously commented about the decision to stage Boltfest: “Anniversaries are kind of easy to achieve. For a band, just don’t split up and you’ll reach one, whether it’s 10, 20 or 35 years. And this year we’ve reached ’25 years of not splitting up!’ We managed to stop others from making a big fuss about it, and didn’t give in to the numerous offers and suggestions on how we should cash in on it! But it has made us appreciate the opportunities we’ve been given since 1986, and that we’ve been able to do everything we wanted to do without compromising in any way.

“Obviously you can’t charge people to come to your own birthday party, so as soon as we came up with the idea for Boltfest, we decided we should pay all the costs for the event ourselves. We also wanted to use Boltfest as an opportunity to do some good, and turn it into something more than just another show.

“So we’ve decided to ask everyone to donate £5.99 to charity if they want to come to the party. This way, with your help, we hope Boltfest will raise £10,000 for a good cause!”

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RawHustle.com has linked up with BamBeatz — a talented up-and-coming hip-hop producer from Miami — to present a preview clip of his “Double Black” mixtape, featuring METALLICA’s self-titled “Black” album and JAY-Z’s “Black” LP, which celebrated their 20th and 10th anniversaries in 2011, respectively.

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Anniversaries can often bring reflection.

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Bolt Thrower posted the following update on a free show which is being planned to celebrate the band’s 25th Anniversary:

2011 is the year of the 25th anniversary in the history of BOLT THROWER. It´s about time for an update from the band:

“Anniversaries are kind of easy to achieve. For a band, just don’t split up and you’ll reach one, whether it’s 10, 20 or 35 years. And this year we’ve reached ’25 years of not splitting up’!

“We managed to stop others from making a big fuss about it, and didn’t give in to the numerous offers and suggestions on how we should cash in on it! But it has made us appreciate the opportunities we’ve been given since 1986, and that we’ve been able to do everything we wanted to do without compromising in any way. We’ve been lucky enough to have played a lot of killer shows with great bands and met a lot of very cool people over the years, and we think that’s the stuff that deserves some kind of celebration.

“So, we want to organize a Bolty Birthday Bash, where we can reunite with some of these bands and invite you, the people who have supported us over the last 25 years. We were hoping to have everything worked out by now, but it turns out organizing a free show comes with its own unique problems, but we’ll get there in the end!

“Well, that’s all we can say for now, there will be more news to come soon, so keep checking back.

Cheers, Bolt Thrower”

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British extreme metal pioneers BOLT THROWER have issued the following update:

“Anniversaries are kind of easy to achieve.

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Grab your neck brace and call the chiropractor: It’s time to bang your head with Goldmine magazine’s May 2011 heavy metal issue, on newsstands now. With the anniversaries of…

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For the first time ever Poison and Motley Crue will co-headline a select date summer tour with special guests the New York Dolls.

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According to The Windsor Star, POISON singer Bret Michaels announced during last night’s (Saturday, November 13) solo concert at Caesars Casino in Windsor, Ontario, Canada that POISON and MÖTLEY CRÜE will celebrate their 25th and 30th anniversaries, respectively, in 2011 by joining forces for a tour.

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