AFI Releases Surprise Single, New EP Coming In December

Punk heroes AFI have surprise dropped a new single, ‘Get Dark’. The track comes from their just announced new EP, The Missing Man (Ex Noctem Nacimur), which was produced and mixed by AFI guitarist Jade Puget and is slated for a December 7th release. Jam out to and receive ‘Get Dark’ FREE when you pre-order the new EP. Continue reading

Smashing Pumpkins Announce Guests For 30th Anniversary Show Later This Week

On tour all summer, Smashing Pumpkins have been playing secret shows, hosting fan contests and more to celebrate their return. Now they have announced numerous special guests for their upcoming 30th Anniversary Performance at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on August 2, 2018. AFI frontman Davey Havok, Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook, Killers members Dave Keuning and Mark Stoermer, Courtney Love, Mark McGrath, and Deftones frontman Chino Moreno will join the band throughout the momentous show.


Announced due to overwhelming demand for a second New York area date, the special 30th anniversary performance will feature a career-spanning setlist, covers, never before seen production, and more surprises. Indie rock band Metric will provide support. Tickets for the show are on sale now and are available at www.smashingpumpkins.com, LiveNation.com, and via the Live Nation App.

AFI – AFI (The Blood Album)

The thing I like about AFI is that they are AFI. They have been an on again, off again staple in my cassette collection since the mid-1990’s. A lot of that is due to my many moods. You see, AFI is a very organic, internal type of band. AFI are the band you need, when you need them. So I am super happy to present to you AFI’s tenth studio album, affectionately called The Blood Album (Concord) or AFIContinue reading

Sick Of It All Marks 30th Anniversary With New Album, Tour Dates

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Legendary New York Hardcore band Sick Of It All are celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2016. Not ones to take a victory lap, they have announced a new album, When The Smoke Clears, releasing on November 4th from Century Media Records. Continue reading

AFI Side Project Blaqk Audio Book Spring Tour Dates

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Blaqk Audio (sometimes stylized as BLAQK AUDIO) has booked a slew of spring tour dates to support their forthcoming April release of their new album Material (Blaqknoise/Kobalt). Direct support will come from Night Riots on all dates. Blaqk Audio features Davey Havok and Jade Puget from AFI.

Focusing solely on electronica and classic industrial sounds of acts such as Daft Punk, Depeche Mode, Ministry, Squarepusher, Nitzer Ebb, and Front 242, Davey Havok commented on Blaqk Audio:

Blaqk Audio is pure electronica whereas AFI uses organic instruments. AFI has drums and bass and guitar and there’s none of that in Blaqk Audio.”

Being huge music fans and fundamentally driven by music in a creative sense, BA is a wonderful outlet for our long-standing love of electronic music. Were it not for BA, I’d still be writing this type of music, even if it never saw the light of day.”

Blaqk Audio tour dates, with Night Riots:

May 04: House of Blues – San Diego, CA

May 05: Observatory – Santa Ana, CA

May 06: Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA

May 07: Ace of Spades- Sacramento, CA

May 10: Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

May 11: Croc – Seattle, WA

May 13: In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT

May 14: Bluebird – Denver, CO

May 16: Turf Club – Saint Paul, MN

May 17: Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

May 18: Mod Club – Toronto, ON

May 20: Sinclair – Cambridge, MA

May 21: U Street Music Hall -Washington, DC

May 22: Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

 

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XTRMST Announces Debut Show, Digital Box Set

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XTRMST, the straight edge hardcore outfit featuring vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget of AFI, sold out their debut live performance at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on January 29, 2015 in minutes. They will be playing songs from their debut self titled release, out now via Dim Mak Records.

The band will offer a digital box-set via BitTorrent Bundle on December 1, 2014, featuring the unreleased song “Little King,” content documenting the formation of the band, the making of their debut album, and a digital version of their hand-made XTRMST Zine. The zine itself will feature interviews with members of the straight edge community and unique commentaries from Havok and Puget. Check it out here .

In anticipation of the BitTorrent Bundle release, Havok & Puget will also be live on December 1 for an online fan Q&A via their XTRMST Tumblr page. Dubbed their “Dashboard Confessions,” the band will be answering fan-submitted questions via the ‘ask’ feature on Tumblr. Fans can start asking today, and should follow the blog for details.

Watch the music video for their first single “Conformist” here.

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XTRMST Releases Video For ‘Conformist’

Straight edge hardcore band XTRMST, featuring AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget, have released the first music video for “Conformist”. Watch it here.

The song is off their self-titled debut album, out November 17th via Steve Aoki’s (DJ/producer and former This Machine Kills member) Dim Mak Records. Puget produced and mixed the record at his home studio and at The Treehouse in Los Angeles, CA.

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Havok commented on the band:

“Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years. We started writing and recording in early 2012 and chose the name XTRMST because it expresses the messages represented on the record. The straight edge movement is not one of moderation. It’s based in undeniable objective truths.”

“The straight edge philosophy is something that Davey and I gravitated towards at a young age, drawn by concepts and ideals that seem almost foreign in modern society,” says Puget. “Like much of the other subcultures we were a part of growing up, it put us at odds with 99% of the people around us, which was something we embraced. Being sXe for over 20 years and being musicians, it seemed natural that this crucial ideology would find a musical expression.”

“XTRMST” track listing:
01. Words For the Unwanted
02. Conformist
03. Social Deathplay
04. Merciless
05. Exterminate
06. Sharper
07. Extremist
08. The Breed
09. Humanity
10. The Way
11. Swallow Your God
12. Dirty Nails
13. Juliets
14. Coward Bow Your Head

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AFI Members New Hardcore Side-Project Xtrmst, Single Out Today

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Davey Havok and Jade Puget of punk rockers AFI have a new side-project in form of straight-edge hardcore band Xtrmst. Their first single ‘Conformist’ is out today. Their self-titled debut album drops on November from Dim Mak Records, the label run by DJ/producer Steve Aoki 18th. Stream another new song ‘Words for the Unwanted’ below:

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AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget have announced a November 18 release for Xtrmst, the self-titled debut album from the duo’s new straight-edge hardcore band. The first single from the album,“Conformist,” will be available this coming Tuesday, October 7. In conjunction with this announcement, the pair have posted a brand new album track online called “Words For The Unwanted.” Listen now at www.Xtrmst.com.

“Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years,” says Havok. “We started writing and recording in early 2012 and chose the name Xtrmst because it expresses the messages represented on the record. The straight edge movement is not one of moderation. It’s based in undeniable objective truths.”

“The straight edge philosophy is something that Davey and I gravitated towards at a young age, drawn by concepts and ideals that seem almost foreign in modern society,” says Puget. “Like much of the other subcultures we were a part of growing up, it put us at odds with 99% of the people around us, which was something we embraced. Being sXe for over 20 years and being musicians, it seemed natural that this crucial ideology would find a musical expression.”

The 14-track Xtrmst album was produced and mixed by Puget at his home studio and at The Treehouse in Los Angeles, and its November 18 release will come via Dim Mak Records, the indie label founded by DJ/producer (and former member of hardcore band This Machine Kills) Steve Aoki. Although Aoki and Dim Mak are most often seen as leaders in the electronic dance music space, the release of the Xtrmst album marks a return to Aoki and Dim Mak’s hardcore roots. “I got into straight-edge hardcore when I was a teen. It was my community, it was the reason I picked up a guitar, it’s the reason I was in bands, and ultimately it was the reason why I started Dim Mak,” says Aoki. Although no longer a staunch straight-edge follower today, Aoki expands, “I met Davey a while back and we bonded over our shared experiences in straight-edge culture. We found a lot of kinship there, and so it made sense for us to release an album that represents the spirit of what originally birthed Dim Mak.”

“I wanted these songs to be chaos, at times difficult to listen to, the wild architecture difficult to understand, but with a taste of the hardcore we grew up on thrown in. The vocals are raw and the main vocal in every song is the first take,” says Puget.

Fans began buzzing about Xtrmst this past March, when Vacation Vinyl in Los Angeles offered free copies of a four-song cassette featuring a simple XT logo next to a sign that read, “Do you like hardcore? Fan of Straight Edge? If so – take this tape for free!” The tapes disappeared instantly and rumors of a new project from Havok and Puget lit up the Internet. When the rumor mill went into overdrive, Puget took to Twitter to announce, “Now that the cat is out of the bag, Xtrmst is indeed Davey and I. More to come.”

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“These songs are the purest expression of emotion, with no thought towards commerce or accessibility,” says Puget. “And the album was made with the amount of money you have in your pocket right now – just 2 people expressing their love and hate into microphones in a tiny room.”

“Xtrmst” track listing:

1. Words For the Unwanted

2. Conformist

3. Social Deathplay

4. Merciless

5. Exterminate

6. Sharper

7. Extremist

8. The Breed

9. Humanity

10. The Way

11. Swallow Your God

12. Dirty Nails

13. Juliets

14. Coward Bow Your Head

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