AFI Shares ‘Far Too Near’ and ‘Dulcería’ (Co-Written by Billy Corgan); New Album ‘Bodies’ Out 6/11

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Long-running veteran punk/punk band AFI (A Fire Inside) has been previewing its new studio album, Bodies, in recent weeks with a series of song premieres. On Friday, the band shared a pair of new songs from the record, “Far Too Near” and “Dulcería.”

“Far Too Near” can be streamed below:

“Dulcería,” meanwhile, features a co-writing credit from Smashing Pumpkins mastermind Billy Corgan, and the pairing seems to have pulled AFI a bit out of its comfort zone, so to speak, and into a goth-tinged disco, if you will. A bouncy bass line and vocalist Davey Havok’s steady presence give the song a dark, foreboding feel despite its groove, and its music video follows suit:

‘Dulcería’ suggests, if you spend too much time in the candy store you may end up stuck to the floor,” said AFI vocalist Davey Havok of the track.

“Billy and I have a great creative connection when we’re writing together,” added guitarist Jade Puget. “It was inspiring to work with such a talented and legendary songwriter and ‘Dulcería’ is a testament to that.”

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When released, Bodies will be the band’s 11th studio album to date and the first since 2017’s self-titled record (and first release overall since 2018’s The Missing Man EP). Previously debuted songs from the record include “Looking Tragic,” which received a music video:

And “Begging for Trouble”:

The first two songs debuted from Bodies were “Twisted Tongues”:

And “Escape from Los Angeles”:

Bodies was mixed by Tony Hoffer (Depeche Mode, Belle & Sebastian) and mastered by Vlado Meller (Oasis, Pink Floyd). Puget produced the album and handled most of the engineering.

AFI’s most recent album was 2017’s self-titled record, which was known as The Blood Album.

“As I recall, ‘Twisted Tongues’ came of the Blood era and was the first piece of music we explored on the new album,” said Havok of the new material in a statement. “The dreaminess of the music lyrically inspired themes of unforseen severance. It is a pining song of being set adrift by those who once feigned to share the same anchors.”

“Los Angeles, like most of my loves, is imbued with a darkness and radiance,” Havok continues. “Musically, ‘Escape from Los Angeles’ called for my own vantage to this classic theme of the city’s dichotomous allure.”

“Anyone who knows our catalog knows that no two records really sit together,” adds guitarist Jade Puget. “Some sit a little closer, maybe. We do certain things, just by virtue of who we are, that are consistent, but those things come about organically. Every time we do something, I have to judge it on its own merits. Some fans are going to judge a new album, or a new song, based on what’s come before. But as artists, we can’t do that, because it would only hinder our creativity.”

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