revisiting old flames
2007-03-11 15:39:39 ET

So, back in high school I was obsessed with AFI, or A Fire Inside, a hardcore/punk band from California. It just happened to be around the time when they were gaining recognition (by Hot Topic, mainly). If you know me well, you know that when I get into a band, I listen to them non-stop until someone takes my CD's and harddrive away, and buy all the shirts and posters of them that I can. I'm what you could call a rather passionate person.

I went to Warped Tour in the summer of 2001 specifically only to see AFI. I mean sure, Rancid was going to be there, but that was just secondary. My friends and I thought we had gotten there fairly early, but apparently AFI was the first band of the day. I was literally on my knees smashing my fists against the pavement in anger. But at least I got to meet Hunter and Jade from the band, and had my (omg so punk) Converse shoe signed. (Yeah, that's me the summer before senior year of high school. -_-)

Anyway, I slowly lost interest in AFI as I got more and more into industrial music, and for practically all of college I didn't listen to them or pay attention to their whereabouts at all.

I'm listening to the radio last week, and this song comes on, and I absolutely love it. I look at my dashboard to see who it is, and HOLY FUCK it's AFI. They sound completely different; they aren't "punk" anymore; I would group them more in the My Chemical Romance genre (THAT'S RIGHT WHINY HOT TOPIC MUSIC IS ITS OWN GENRE). However, I do not let that deter me, I like the song and that's all that matters.

I bought AFI's newest album this weekend, Decemberunderground, and it is very fucking interesting. It definitely is not punk, but it borrows sounds from all over (except the classics such as jazz and the like, of course).

I browse on YouTube to see whatever new music videos they have up (cause they have to by now), and what the fucking hell, Davey Havok, the lead singer, the man I was in love with for 2 years, looks like a weird cross between Brian Molko from Placebo and Johnny Depp.

Look! If you don't believe me!

Dude, I mean he's hot, but he USED to look like THIS! What happened, Davey? I mean, his hair looks a LOT like mine used to before I cut it all off and dyed it red (oh yeah, I need to upload pics of that, don't I?), so I feel a little special.

Anyway, you can see their big single music video HERE. I think the uploader meant to type "prelude".

2007-03-11 19:03:36 ET

here's something to tip your world upside down even more. vnv nation remixed that song (click on that) and davey havoc has sung with vnv live on stage.

2007-03-11 19:07:49 ET

davey havoc also frequents the industrial club i work for when he's not on tour. he's also a total lush despite allegations that he's "straight edge".

2007-03-12 05:49:07 ET



2007-03-13 13:24:51 ET

Wow, he did used to be hot, I always thought he was some sort of drag queen. :-p

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