AFI’s New Album Has New Wave Influence


Story by Charles Ken

Jade Puget says ‘AFI (The Blood Album)’ has a ‘Cure-esque, new wave thing going on’

AFI are coming up on the release of a major landmark: the release of their 10th studio album. So, what should fans expect from the upcoming set, named “AFI (The Blood Album)?” Per guitarist Jade Puget, AFI’s new album shows off the goth-punk band’s keen new wave influences.

“There are songs like ‘Above the Bridge’ and ‘Feed from the Floor’ that have this definite Cure-esque, new wave thing going on,” Puget said in an interview with Alternative Press. “That kind of music is just what we listened to when growing up, and I really love that element of the record.”

He added, “When (frontman) Dave (Havok) and I write, we don’t really have anything intentional. These directions just come out of us for one reason or another. People have been saying that AFI is ’80s for like 15 years now, so the fact there is new wave on there isn’t that surprising.”

As for the title of the album, “AFI (The Blood Album),” that was the band’s way of releasing a self-titled record without releasing a self-titled record.

“Originally, we wanted just have it self-titled because it’s been 10 records and AFI has never had a self-titled record,” Puget said. “But because the album artwork has these three blood drops on the front, we just started calling it ‘The Blood Album.’ So people started thinking it was the actual title, and because we didn’t want to confuse anyone, we made it official.”

“AFI (The Blood Album)” will be released Jan. 20.

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Charles Ken
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