“Burials,” the upcoming AFI album, came from a dark place according to guitarist Jade Puget.
Puget tells us the writing sessions were initiated by frontman Dave Havok as an opportunity to address some issues in his personal life:
“He was going through a lot of emotional turmoil at the time, and I think he just needed something to, some outlet for that and it was sorta perfect. It's like a cliché that kind of pain is really good fodder for music and for creativity, but in this case it was true. And he's never written from that sort of perspective or coming from that sort of thing before. It's always been more of a cerebral pursuit for us. But coming from that really visceral place that he was in, it was a little scary but it was also super-creative, and we immediately started writing all these songs and had so much material and so much inspiration.”
AFI has already released two singles, "I Hope You Suffer" and "17 Crimes," from "Burials," which is due out October 22.
Puget -- who also works with Havok in the electronic project Blaqk Audio --adds that Havok felt bad about dragging his collaborator throughout the emotional muck:
“He kept apologizing to me, like, 'I'm sorry to put you through this while we're writing and you're having to deal with this,' but I was trying to be there for him as a friend, someone I've known for 20 years, but also as a writing partner.”
AFI has just started a North American tour that continues Monday (September 16) in Cleveland and runs through November 2 in Vancouver.
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