Iconic California band AFI have dropped two new singles, “Looking Tragic” and “Begging For Trouble”, as well as a video for “Looking Tragic”, from their upcoming album, Bodies, out Jun 11 via Rise Records.
Like previously released singles, “Twisted Tongues” and “Escape From Los Angeles,” both of the new tracks will be included on a limited edition 7” ahead of the album.
Bodies was produced by the band’s own Jade Puget, who also handled most of the engineering. Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix, Silversun Pickups) mixed the album, and Vlado Meller (Oasis, Pink Floyd) mastered.
Frontman Davey Havok says:
“‘Looking Tragic’ addresses the theme of overstimulation resulting in desensitization. Melodic and driving, the song came to life quickly and immediately stood out as a track to make bodies, if not sentiments, move.”
Drummer Adam Carson adds:
“After years of receiving early versions of songs from Jade and Davey, in forms that span loosely arranged chords and scratch vocal to fully realized demos, I think I have become quite adept at knowing which songs will or will not make the record. ‘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.”
AFI have continuously reinvented and renewed themselves throughout their 30-year career, and judging by the tracks released from the new album so far, Bodies will be another prime example of this talent.
“AFI is such an integral part of who I am. What we do with AFI together is a foundation for me. Coming back is a return to a home I’ve always known.”
The whole band share the same feelings, with guitarist Jade Puget adding:
“I couldn’t do what I do in AFI in any other place. Davey and I have written songs together for over 20 years now. I couldn’t find the thing he and I have together anywhere else, nor the thing the four of us have when we come together. AFI is home for me and will always be that.
“Anyone who knows our catalog knows that no two records really sit together. 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.”
“At this point, it’s not even a choice. It’s just what I do. I started this band with Davey when I was 16. It’s something that I love so much. It’s just a part of me.”
And bassist Hunter Burgan adds:
“Every album is an opportunity to show people a snapshot of our evolution. And with this band, it’s always something fresh. We’ve been playing together for so long that I have a deep understanding of each of my bandmates‘ musical styles, and yet I am still pleasantly surprised by the new things they bring to each record.”
Check out the video for “Looking Tragic” below, and pre-order/save Bodies here.
Images courtesy of AFI.