Jeez, it’s been a while since I posted last on this board. Honestly, I haven’t listened to this band in years. Maybe it’s because of the isolation of the pandemic era or whatever, but I’d been listening to some of the band’s interviews - this one included - and hearing their voices has been quite comforting. Have to say, I do miss it.
Anyway, there’s definitely some bands for whom releasing an album without a tour would make sense. (Nine Inch Nails comes to mind) I don’t know that AFI isn’t one of those bands. The live experience is such a huge part of what makes AFI special, especially considering, it’s never just a show or an album cycle, it’s a full on family reunion, it’s the party before every show, it’s the cross country trips, the fan craft projects, etc. For musicians, that’s not necessarily something easily created outside the live setting. Maybe I just don’t want people to miss out on the full AFI package, but putting a new album of stuff meant to be played live doesn’t work.
Unreleased stuff from the backlog, on the other hand, would be a smart idea. Even if the songs were played on a low quality live stream. Composer Charles Ives described the publishing of his songbook as a way of “clearing house”. In that spirit, clearing house on some unreleased stuff. would certainly get the fans euphoric without the pressure of having to relive those half-ideas on stage, as Davey always seems loath to do.
Or if nothing else, there’s always Blaqk Audio keeping Davey and Jade busy.
Everything sucks on all levels now, but the band seems to be adapting, in their way. I’m just glad they’re happy and safe.