It’s called Burials! It’s coming out October 22!
A lot’s been happening in the last few weeks/months, so I’ma break it down for you:
April 17: AFI upload this video to their YouTube account out of the blue. At this point, it’d been over three years of silence, rumors of a breakup and a dead URL that redirects to their Facebook page. Watch below:
May 15 – July 2: The random video uploads continue in the form of a series of five cryptic teaser videos that wind up seeming a lot more substantive than they actually are: “Convergence,” “No Harbingers,” “Openings,” “Silence,” and “The Rite.” The OMB (Official Message Board) freaks out and thinks it’s the beginning of a new Clandestine-style mystery, but ultimately find nothing.
July 1: Our friend Aaron Axelsen (the Live 105 God and AFI BFF) reportedly slips up and Tweets to a fan that he’s expecting a new AFI single, “17 Crimes,” to be promoted to radio in early August. The Tweet is later deleted. MTV reveals later that same day that an LA Riots remix of “17 Crimes” is confirmed to be on the soundtrack for upcoming teen fantasy flick The Mortal Instruments.
July 13: AFI News HQ reports on rumors of another upcoming single called “I Hope You Suffer.” The track appeared in an Amazon search, complete with album art and a release date of July 23. Universal Republic’s Norwegian site confirms.
July 15: A new Mortal Instruments TV spot is released, featuring what sounds a lot like an AFI song – and not a dance remix. Watch (and hear) below:
July 16: AFI News HQ reports that the band is shooting a new music video!(!!!!) Someone on Instagram (presumably from the production company) posted pics from the set, and they’re tagged “#IHopeYouSuffer”
July 17: Members of the AFI mailing list got this blast early in the morning. What does it mean?????
The weird symbols spell out “I Hope You Suffer,” which unofficially confirms the name of the lead single…
July 18: After hours upon hours of excruciating waiting, “I Hope You Suffer” is uploaded to stream on AFI’s site. Hopefully a video is to come soon, but a two-day turnaround would have been ridiculous anyway. Official word confirms a July 23 release date for purchase.
July 23: Davey speaks. Rolling Stone published an interview with him today (July 23), where he talks everything Burials, and they officially name an October 22 release date. Here are some of the more interesting excerpts:
“It is certainly – embarrassingly so – a very dark album, especially in its candidness, which is something, to be honest, that’s disappointing to me. It’s something I just keep coming back to – I can’t escape it. 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.”
“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. This record has no chance of being anything else other than what it came to be. It was inside us in a way. I know that sounds a bit dramatic. But it’s true: When Jade and I began writing – two years ago, I believe – we were immediately quite prolific. The songs just came out, and they came out in relatively similar forms to the songs that people will hear on the record.”
“The writing has never been casual for us. It was similar to the last record in that we worked every day. But on this occasion, I’d been living a few miles away from Jade, and we would meet every day for about a year and a half until the record was done. Eventually, we started taking weekends off, but at the top of it, we would meet every day in a small room in the Hollywood Hills in my friend’s house, which is actually set into the hill…And we wrote a lot of songs as we typically do.”
“Jade and I tend to converge. Our writing process is somewhat surreal at times when we’ll be working on something, and we’ll have the exact same idea for a part in a song or a movement or a top-line or a conceptual part or a reference. And that was more prominent in this writing process – that reoccurance of that convergence of our visions – than any other record before.”
Also in today’s news is a slew of tour dates, as reported by Alternative Press. Tickets go on sale Thursday (July 25):
9/12 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
9/13 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
9/15 Chicago, IL Humboldt Park/Riot Fest
9/16 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
9/18 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
9/19 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
9/21 Byers, CO May Farms, Riot Fest
10/7 Boston, MA Royale
10/8 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
10/11 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
10/12 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
10/13 New York, NY Webster Hall
10/14 Pittsburgh, PA Club Zoo
10/15 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
10/17 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
10/18 Austin, TX Mohawk
10/20 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
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
11/1 Seattle, WA The Showbox at the Market
11/2 Vancouver, BC The Commodore Ballroom
SEE YOU AT THE SHOW \m/