Straight edge hardcore band XTRMST features AFI’s Davey Havok and Jade Puget
AFI frontman Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget have a new project called XTRMST that the guys describe as a “straight edge hardcore band.” The duo will release its self-titled debut on Nov. 18, and the first single from the album, “Conformist,” was released this week.
“Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years,” Havok said in a statement. “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.”
Puget added that he and Havok have stood by the straight edge attitude from the beginning.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Puget produced and mixed the upcoming album at his home studio at The Treehous in Los Angeles. The album will arrive on indie label Dim Mak Records, which was founded by DJ and producer Steve Aoki, formerly of hardcore band This Machine Kills.
The songs were recorded on a budget. “These songs are the purest expression of emotion, with no thought towards commerce or accessibility,” Puget said. “And the album was made with the amount of money you have in your pocket right now – just (two) people expressing their love and hate into microphones in a tiny room.”
For more information on XTRMST, visit the band’s official website.
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