I’m probably unique on here in that I’m in my 30’s but I’ve only been an AFI fan since last year. That’s probably hard to get your head around, but if you’re interested then this is how I got here.
I was brought up in the eighties on the Beatles and the Beach Boys, courtesy of my parents. As I grew I was subjected to all the genre’s that made up the music of that decade and of course the years that followed. At the age of 12, living in England my major influences were British bands including Stone Roses, Charlatans, Levellers, PWEI and Oasis. At the age of 14 when AFI were releasing their first album, I was introduced to Nirvana’s Nevermind, and my life was changed as I was swept away in a new direction, made new friends with similar tastes, at 17 we started frequenting the only rock club in town; three floors playing punk, new wave, indie and all the degrees of metal. My tastes changed and refined and grew, discovering bands both old and new, yet somehow forever missing any exposure to AFI.
Around 2003 I spent most of my time listening to The Clash, System of a Down, Placebo, The Misfits and Bad Religion. I then met the girl who would become my wife. She owned Sing the Sorrow and I even remember listening to Girl’s not Grey in her room. But still the connection was not made.
Skip forward to 2017. I haven’t heard anything that really speaks to me in over a decade, and I set myself the task of finding a newly released album to buy that could reignite my musical passions. I scour the names of new releases, check out youtube clip after youtube clip of new singles and nothing is right. Until…White Offerings. I watched it again. And again. And again. The sound. That voice. The energy.
I listened to Snow Cats and Aurelia and I knew this was the album I needed. I bought it and listened to it and devoured it and needed more.
To date I now have all the albums, but have only listened to the Blood Album and Answer that…
I have been tempted to dive right in and listen to everything, but I want to do the albums justice and experience them fully in order and feel how they change and develop for myself.
I am deeply saddened already that this band weren’t part of my life since I was 14. I am sure they would have been some of my best friends in harder times. But I am excited to finally meet them and get to know them one album at a time.