Punk visionaries AFI have shared two, eagerly anticipated new songs, “Twisted Tongues” and “Escape From Los Angeles.” Both tracks feature on a limited, seven-inch release, available for preorder now through Rise Records.
“Twisted Tongues” and “Escape From Los Angeles” were produced by AFI guitarist, backing vocalist, and keyboardist Jade Puget and mixed by Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix, Silversun Pickups). The band’s new material continues their striking and bold evolution, treading entirely new ground and incorporating fresh, inventive ideas.
On the genesis of these two new tracks, vocalist Davey Havok states:
“As I recall, ‘Twisted Tongues’ came of the Blood era and was the first piece of music we explored on the new album. The dreaminess of the music lyrically inspired themes of unforeseen severance. It is a pining song of being set adrift by those who once feigned to share the same anchors. Los Angeles, like most of my loves, is imbued with a darkness and radiance. Musically, ‘Escape from Los Angeles’ called for my own vantage to this classic theme of the city’s dichotomous allure.”
Commenting on the band’s evolution, Puget adds:
“Anyone who knows our catalogue 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.”
Both “Twisted Tongues” and “Escape From Los Angeles” represent the band’s first taste of new material since 2018’s The Missing Man EP.
The band’s press material indicates that this limited, seven-inch release will be the first of many for 2021, so stay tuned for news about a forthcoming AFI album before the end of the year.
Watch the videos for “Twisted Tongues” and “Escape From Los Angeles” below:
Stream and purchase Twisted Tongues/ Escape From Los Angeles here.