Some Sing the Sorrow related thoughts, a day late:
-I remember being in an AIM group chat with a few board people the night it leaked in late January (a few days before the Irving Plaza NYC shows). At least one of these people was a moderator who was simultaneously geeking out about the album in the chat and reprimanding people on the board for talking about it before its proper release date.
-Girl’s Not Grey and This Celluloid Dream had already been officially released to various sites and whatever to promote the album. While I had kind of mixed feelings initially on those, Miseria Cantare, Dancing Through Sunday, and Death of Seasons blew my mind the first time I heard them and made me stop worrying about the major label jump, and the fact that I was kind of lukewarm on the previous songs. (I’ve actually grown to really enjoy Girl’s Not Grey at shows over the years.)
-Those Irving Plaza shows before the album (and presumably the other handful of dates they did around that time) had a really awesome buzz around them. You could definitely feel that AFI was about to get huge. It’s weird how relatively poorly documented those shows seem to be online. I am fairly sure that one of my friends had a typed setlist from the soundboard from one of them, but he has claimed to not remember having it when I’ve asked him about it in recent years. Wish I had taken it. Ha.
-Got a silver cover copy of the album on release day. Best Buy had it at some “destroy cool independent record stores” crazy sale price, like 5.99 or something. I also grabbed one of the black cover ones at the Pittsburgh show on the tour, which I still have sealed. The LP version and Clandestine didn’t come out until a bit later, if I recall correctly.