• Sun. Jun 23rd, 2024

On February 25th, Ukiah, California’s AFI (A Fire Inside) announced their return with their 11th studio album Bodies.

That wasn’t all though. They’ve been teasing us with new music for about a month after releasing graphic videos for “Twisted Tongues” and “Escape from Los Angeles”.

With yesterday’s album information, they also gave us the new singles “Begging For Trouble” and “Looking Tragic”.

How’s it Sound?

If you have followed AFI for a while, then you know by now that they have been reinventing themselves a little with each record, while still holding true to who they are; strong vocals and drums, melodic bass lines, and haunting guitars.

I’ve personally been a fan of the band for two decades now, catching them every tour. No album sounds exactly the same.

If you were expecting Davey, Jade, Hunter, and Adam to stay on the darker side like they did with Burials and The Blood Album, then I’m sorry. The four tracks released so far are catchy and major ear worms. Think more along the Crash Love sound.

AFI Bodies promo photo. L to R: Adam Carson, Jade Puget, Davey Havok, and Hunter Burgan

“Escape From Los Angeles” and “Begging for Trouble” are fast paced tunes that reminds me a lot of “Veronica Sawyer Smokes”. “Twisted Tongues”, were it just slightly heavier, could easily be off of Sing the Sorrow.

The biggest piece of excitement is the release of the song and video for “Looking Tragic”. The video is incredibly simple compared to the storylines we are used to from AFI. I actually find it quite refreshing.

The band is stripped of any frill or makeup that we’ve seen from them in the past. You get a bit more of a feel for them individually.

As far as the song goes, I already know all the words and it has only been 30 hours. It’s catchy, amazing, and fun. You will find yourself singing it over and over.

When Can I Expect It?

Bodies drops on June 11th on Rise Records. Merch including vinyl is already available at AFI’s official website.

In the meantime, check out the video for “Looking Tragic”. Also check out our previous AFI related articles:

Get Dark Review
The Blood Tour Show Review Las Vegas
Burials’ I Hope You Suffer Review

PHOTO CREDIT: All photos used for promotional use ONLY and ©AFI, Rise Records, and original artists/photographers

By Stephy Muzio

Stephanie " Stephy " Muzio (formerly Hayward) - Public Relations / Writer/ Photographer and Co-Founder of ZRockR Magazine Co-host of ZRockR Magazine LIVE! Stephy was raised on rock and roll. Originally from Illinois, Stephy is the daughter of an aspiring metal guitarist and a former rock n roll radio dj. Stephy’s first concert at the tender age of 8 was Rob Zombie at the original Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas, where she happily threw horns up and sang along to "Dragula" with the best of them ( she incidentally loves horror films too!) . She performed with the VGA choir at the 2007 Video Game Awards show at Mandalay Bay when it was hosted by Samuel L Jackson, sharing the stage with the likes of Foo Fighters as well as Kid Rock. An LVA alum, when she isn’t singing or playing herself (she plays a few different instruments), she is out in support of the local scene and at her friends gigs around the southwest and even when she is back home in Illinois! She has written as well as done some photography previously for a couple of smaller zines including Vegas SoundZ when it was in print. Stephy takes the adage of ” If it’s too loud that is just too damn bad! ” to heart- after all- she was raised around screaming guitars, thunderous drums, production studios and only Led Zeppelin and Nirvana played extremely loud would put her to sleep as a kid! Stephy is a large part of the backbone of ZRockR.

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