AFI goes straight for the jugular with ‘The Blood Album’

It was enough to whip its hardcore devotees into a frenzy as they’ve waited impatiently for a new album from the quartet since 2013’s “Burials.” Vocalist Davey Havok, guitarist Jade Puget, bassist Hunter Burgan and drummer Adam Carson didn’t make the masses suffer long, as a few days later they surprise-dropped two new songs, “Snow Cats” and “White Offerings,” off of their forthcoming self-titled, 10th studio album. Back in October, rock band AFI teased its fans by turning its Facebook, Twitter and official website completely black and erasing everything from its Instagram account except for an ominous black and white video of slow-falling droplets of a dark liquid.

“How many people get to do what they love in life? To be able to do that with music and to be able to do music for decades, it’s virtually unheard of so I am grateful.” After forming while still in high school in Ukiah, Calif., in 1991, AFI kept its nose to the grindstone for the better part of a decade and released a handful of albums before bursting into the mainstream with 2003’s “Sing the Sorrow” and 2006’s “Decemberunderground.” “I am always thinking about how grateful I am to be doing this,” Puget said. This year also marks another special occasion for AFI as it will celebrate its 25th anniversary as a band, a milestone that its members don’t take for granted.
The KROQ crowd was also the first audience to hear “Snow Cats” and “White Offerings” live. The record drops on Friday and is also known as “The Blood Album,” as there’s recurrence of the word “blood” and dark undertones in the lyrics throughout the record, Havok explained during an interview just before the band hit the stage for the first time in two years as part of KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas at the Forum in Inglewood in December. “Los Angeles has always been very supportive of us,” Havok said. “From the very first time we came here many, many years ago, it was one of the few places that our first show was really fantastic and KROQ has been such a supporter of the band, so both playing in Los Angeles and for a KROQ crowd is the perfect world to debut these songs and for the first show of blood.”
that our core fans will be the first in line to get the tickets so, knock on wood, we can expect a good show. The guys are looking forward to all of the upcoming shows, but said they couldn’t wait to kick things off and to feed off the energy of the tightly packed crowd in the 500-capacity Troubadour. 20-22 and two nights at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, Feb. The band will kick off a tour in support of the album with a release show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood on Friday and return to the area with three shows at the Observatory North Park in San Diego Feb. “It’s a good place to dust everything off and see what still works,” Carson said. 24-25, all of which immediately sold-out. “We know when we play the small shows in L.A. It’s a nice welcome back both for us and the kids.”