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1991 in Ukiah, CA


Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s



Although they didn't reach platinum status until 2003, hardcore punk revivalists AFI originally formed in 1991, when the band's four founding members — vocalist Davey Havok, guitarist Markus Stopholese, bassist Vic Chalker, and drummer Adam Carson — were attending high school in Ukiah, California. Chalker was replaced by Geoff Kresge after eight months, and the band played several local gigs and released a split 7", Dork, with fellow Ukiah natives Loose Change (a band that incidentally included future AFI member Jade Puget). An EP titled Behind the Times was released as well. The bandmembers then split up to attend different colleges, with Kresge temporarily moving to New Jersey to join Blanks 77. However, AFI reconvened during a holiday break to play a one-off reunion show, and audience response was so positive that the bandmembers decided to quit school and concentrate on music full-time. . AFI (whose abbreviation stands for "A Fire Inside") issued several singles before securing a record deal with the Nitro label, which issued the band's second album, Very Proud of Ya, in 1996. Two LPs followed in 1997 — a re-release of their 1995 debut, Answer That & Stay Fashionable, and Shut Your Mouth & Open Your Eyes — and personnel shifts ensued. Kresge was the first to leave, being replaced by bassist Hunter Burgan, and Stopholese departed in favor of ex-Redemption 87 guitarist Jade Puget, who then shared songwriting duties with Havok. The new lineup recorded an EP titled A Fire Inside in 1998, and issued a noticeably more mature full-length in 1999, Black Sails in the Sunset; 1999 also saw the release of the All Hallow's EP before The Art of Drowning followed a year later. Though already owning a fiercely loyal core base of fans, the latter album saw the band's music attracting an even larger audience, due in part to the moderate success of the single "Days of the Phoenix." Accordingly, it was the first album to chart in the Billboard 200.

At the onset of the new millennium, AFI hooked up with producers Jerry Finn and Garbage's Butch Vig for a new set of recording sessions. The end result was the ambitious Sing the Sorrow, AFI's major-label debut for DreamWorks, which showcased the band's significant growth since its early hardcore days. Released in 2003, the record also marked AFI's crossover into the mainstream, and Sing the Sorrow eventually went platinum as several singles found airplay on MTV. Working again with Jerry Finn (who had also produced records for blink-182 and Green Day), the band's follow-up release was its most labor-intensive to date, resulting from two years of detailed songwriting. Decemberunderground, AFI's seventh album, surfaced in 2006 on the Interscope label. The album was an instant success, debuting at number one on the Billboard charts and launching a summer-long tour, followed by a string of overseas performances in October.

While on tour, Havok and Puget dedicated their spare time to a side project that would eventually become Blaqk Audio, which they debuted in early 2007. AFI released the concert album I Heard a Voice: Live from Long Beach Arena later that same year, but the bandmates continued pursuing their own projects, with Hunter Burgan playing bass for several other bands while Jade Puget did remix work for the likes of the Cure. AFI properly reconvened in 2008 to begin writing new material; by November, they had announced their intention to begin recording with producer David Bottrill. Two months later, they traded Bottrill for a pair of new producers — Joe McGrath and Jacknife Lee — and continued working on the album, focusing on songs that were harder than those found on Decemberunderground. The result, Crash Love, their most straight-ahead rock record to date, was released in September 2009 and was another success, though it did not chart as highly or sell as well as the previous two albums. AFI toured extensively throughout 2010 to promote the release before going quiet for a couple of years. In 2013 they announced they would be returning with a new album, Burials, in October of that year. Produced by Gil Norton, the album was preceded by a number of singles including the thrilling, melodic pop-punk anthem "17 Crimes."

Top Albums

1. Sing the Sor..
Sing the Sorrow, AFI
3. Sing the Sor..
Crash Love (Expanded Edition), AFI
4. Crash Love (..
Burials, AFI
5. Burials
Black Sails In the Sunset, AFI
6. Black Sails ..
Crash Love, AFI
7. Crash Love
Very Proud of Ya, AFI
8. Very Proud o..
I Heard a Voice (Live from Long Beach Arena), AFI
9. I Heard a Vo..
Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes, AFI
10. Shut Your Mo..
Answer That and Stay Fashionable, AFI
11. Answer That ..
All Hallows EP, AFI
12. All Hallows ..
The Art of Drowning, AFI
13. The Art of D..
A Fire Inside - EP, AFI
14. A Fire Insid..
Afi, AFI
15. Afi
17 Crimes - Single, AFI
16. 17 Crimes - ..
I Hope You Suffer - Single, AFI
17. I Hope You S..
Carcinogen Crush - Single, AFI
18. Carcinogen C..
Love Like Winter - EP, AFI
19. Love Like Wi..

Top Songs

Girl's Not GreySing the Sorrow3:10$1.29
Prelude 12/21DECEMBERUNDERGROUND1:34$1.29
Love Like WinterDECEMBERUNDERGROUND2:45$1.29
Leaving Song, Pt. 2Sing the Sorrow3:31$1.29
Silver and ColdSing the Sorrow4:10$1.29
HalloweenAll Hallows EP3:58$1.29
I Hope You SufferBurials4:37$1.29
Summer ShudderDECEMBERUNDERGROUND3:06$1.29
...But Home Is NowhereSing the Sorrow3:50$1.29
Deep Slow PanicBurials4:01$1.29
17 Crimes17 Crimes - Single2:57$1.29
17 Crimes (LA Riots Remix)Mortal Instruments: City of..4:43$1.29
Miseria Cantare (The Beginning)Sing the Sorrow2:56$1.29
This Celluloid DreamSing the Sorrow4:10$1.29
Death of SeasonsSing the Sorrow3:59$1.29
Girl's Not GreySing the Sorrow3:10$1.29
Silver and ColdSing the Sorrow4:10$1.29
Bleed BlackSing the Sorrow4:14$1.29
Leaving Song Pt. IISing the Sorrow3:31$1.29
TotalimmortalAll Hallows EP2:44$1.29
Boy Who Destroyed the WorldAll Hallows EP3:05$1.29
Fall ChildrenAll Hallows EP3:12$1.29
Open Your EyesAnswer That and Stay Fashio..1:16$1.29
Don't Make Me IllAnswer That and Stay Fashio..2:40$1.29

Top Music Videos

Miss Murder, AFI
1. Miss Murder
Love Like Winter, AFI
2. Love Like Win...
Silver and Cold, AFI
3. Silver and Co...
The Leaving Song, Pt. 2, AFI
4. The Leaving S...
Girl's Not Grey, AFI
5. Girl's Not Gr...
Beautiful Thieves, AFI
6. Beautiful Thi...
Love Like Winter (Live from Long Beach Arena), AFI
7. Love Like Win...
Love Like Winter, AFI
8. Love Like Win...
Medicate, AFI
9. Medicate
I Hope You Suffer, AFI
10. I Hope You Su...
17 Crimes, AFI
11. 17 Crimes


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