you're playing a style of music that doesn't really fit anywhere,
you run a risk. You're challenging people to leave their niche,
to leave their predetermined ideas of what they're supposed to like.
Luckily, we have a lot of people who just focus on the music and
appreciate us for what we are. So we get fans from all different
genres of music, the jocks, the spooky kids, skaters, college kids,
punk rockers, hardcore kids, metal kids, all that" -
Over 10 years on
and counting, the same inner flame that fueled four teenagers making
a primal noise in a Ukiah, Calif., garage has propelled AFI to unforeseen
musical and professional levels.
AFI first surfaced
in 1992, on Dork, a split 7" with fellow
Ukiah High School students
Loose Change (featuring future AFI guitarist Jade), it wouldn't
be until the band's third full-length, 1997's Shut Your Mouth And
Open Your Eyes, that bassist Hunter (ex-The Force) would enlist.
And it would be later still that the present AFI lineup would coalesce,
with the addition of Jade (by then ex-Redemption 87) on the defining
and now-classic fourth album, Black Sails In The Sunset, and the
subsequent All Hallow's EP. The latter would give AFI its first
taste of exposure beyond its long-cultivated cult following when
the Offspring's cover of the EP's "Totalimmortal" appeared
on the Me, Myself & Irene soundtrack and, in turn, on Modern
Rock playlists nationwide. A year later, "Days Of The Phoenix,"
from The Art Of Drowning, would do the same, albeit with the band
playing its own composition this time.