AFI Premieres Two New Songs Ahead of 2021 Album: Stream ‘Twisted Tongues’ & ‘Escape from Los Angeles’

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Veteran punk/alt band AFI (A Fire Inside) has returned, sharing a pair of new songs on Friday. It’s the band’s first bit of new music since 2018’s The Missing Man EP.

After casting a name for itself from its early days in the Northern California punk/goth scene, AFI has always found ways to reinvent its sound with each release — and these two new songs are both familiar and fresh for the group, led as always by Davey Havok’s emotive vocals.

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Here’s “Twisted Tongues,” a blast of goth-tinged alt/punk:

“Escape from Los Angeles,” on the other hand, has a frenetic energy to it, seemingly lifted from the 1980s. It’s a different approach from “Twisted Tongues,” that’s for sure:

The songs were produced by AFI’s Jade Puget and mixed by Tony Offer (known for work with Phoenix, M83, Silversun Pickups and more).

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.”

The songs are billed as “the first of many” to be released by the band this year, with a new album expected out sometime in 2021.

After emerging from the underground punk scene in the late 1990s, AFI hit it big on a mainstream level with 2003’s Sing the Sorrow, its sixth studio album, which catapulted the band to stardom and a higher profile among the alt/punk scene, thanks to singles such as “Girl’s Not Grey”:

When released, AFI’s new album will be the band’s 11th full-length to date.

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