Ugh, should probably introduce myself, too.
I’m Tonianne. I’ve been listening to AFI for the last 16.5-17 years. I was 10.5 (2000) when I first heard AFI. My “uncle”/older brother figure first introduced me to them with “Malleus Maleficarum.” I’ve been obsessed with witches and the occult since I was a little girl, so he thought that the name would help get me into them. It did. I first saw them at Warped ‘01 in Camden, NJ. I believe they played “Fall Children” that day, unless I’m wishfully imagining that. I broke a rib and split my lip at barricade (apparently being under 5’ and 75lbs was NOT conducive to surviving) but I made it. Greatest experience of my life. My uncle is still really into AFI, but he lives in NOLA permanently now, so unless they perform down south, we don’t really get to go together a lot anymore.
I’ve seen them a lot since that first show (one of my fave shows was the June 23, 2006 date- they started with “Miseria Cantare” and played “Summer Shudder” ). If you’re ever in New England and even down to VA, I’m usually at at least three shows a tour. I’m from the suburbs of NYC, so I can travel around a lot.
I was part of the old DF forums, but I didn’t talk much; I felt intimidated by everyone.
Other than AFI, I run the gamut with music. I love post-punk 80s such as Echo & the Bunnymen and The Cure, hardcore like Dead Kennedys, The Misfits, and Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Christian Death, and then weird stuff like DIIV and Grimes. I also have a slight obsession with Diamanda Galas’ voice.
Outside of fandom life, I’m a writer/research specialist and college professor (English lit with a focus on the occult in literature). I spend a lot of my time reading, researching, and working out (I’m obsessed with barre classes, so if anyone ends up following me on Insta, I apologize in advance for the obscene amount of posts that take place in the barre studio).
@BrandonsNotGrey, thanks for setting this thread up!
And if anyone is ever in the NY, PA, NJ, CT area and needs a concert buddy/fellow AFI fanatic, let me know.