Published Jul 23, 2013Following the premiere of gloomy new single "I Hope You Suffer" last week, dark-rockin' Bay Area band AFI have let loose some details behind their impending LP, titled Burials. The band's ninth LP hits retailers October 22 via Republic.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, vocalist Davey Havok explained that he and guitarist Jade Puget began writing songs for the album a couple of years ago before the full band hit Hollywood's Eastwest Studios with producer Gil Norton (the Pixies, Echo and the Bunnymen, Foo Fighters).
While 2009's Crash Love was a straight-forward affair, the songwriting sessions for Burials apparently left the group with a more complex and loaded LP.
"This album is very layered and very rich and far, far less straightforward than what we did on the last record, which — much like every record we create — was the result of a natural growth, a natural indication of where we are as songwriters now," Havok said.
Thematically, the vocalist claims that Burials is about "a burial of a silence and the burials that result from those silences of panic and anxiety and betrayal and cruelty," which was a far more serious direction than he had apparently intended to take.
"It's something I just keep coming back to — I can't escape it," Havok said. "It's always a joy to me to reach away from that. But the themes and sentiments on this record are within that darker realm and that darker tone because I've always been honest in everything that I write. It's beyond me. I'm crippled. There's nothing I can do but be genuine in my writing, and that's what came out this time — without any sort of pointed effort."
A tracklisting has yet to be unveiled for the LP, but "I Hope You Suffer" went on sale today (July 23) as a digital single. You can also stream the song down below.
UPDATE: AFI have also announced a North American tour, which includes a Canadian date in Vancouver on November 2. Touché Amoré and Coming will be lending opening support throughout the trek.
09/12 Minneapolis, MN -Varsity Theater
09/13 Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
09/15 Chicago, IL - Riot Fest at Humboldt Park
09/16 Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
09/18 St Louis, MO - The Pageant
09/19 Lawrence, KS - Granada
09/21 Byers, CO - Riot Fest at May Farms
10/07 Boston, MA - Royale
10/08 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10/10 New York, NY - Webster Hall
10/11 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
10/12 Sayreville, NJ -Starland Ballroom
10/14 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Zoo
10/15 Cincinnati, OH -Bogart's
10/17 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
10/18 Austin, TX - Mohawk Outdoor Stage
10/20 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater
10/22 Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre
10/23 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10/25 Pomona, CA - Fox Theater
10/26 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
10/28 Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
10/29 Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
10/31 Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
11/01 Seattle, WA - The Showbox at the Market
11/02 Vancouver, BC The Commodore Ballroom