Formed in 1991, A fire Inside (AFI) is an emo-alternative rock band from Ukiah, California. The band’s lead singer Davey Havoc and drummer Adam Carson are the only original members that still exist in the group. After going through changes, the core members included the previous two musicians, bassist Hunter Burgan and guitarist Jade Puge.
AFI began as a group of friends with limited music knowledge and direction. Influenced by the punk scene, they began writing music and playing locally. After the band gained experience, in 1993 they released their first Ep, Dork; however, disbanded when members left for college. AFI returned to Petaluma, California the same year for a reunion and received an abundance of support from fans. Later, the group decided to pursue music full time and began working on their next Eps.
In 1995, AFI dropped their debut album, Answer That and Stay Fashionable. Thrashed and humorous, the record resembled their immature, yet fashionable style. They released it under lesser known Wingnut Records, and then later signed with Nitro Records. One year later, the quartet released their second album, Very Proud of Ya. After the release, AFI went on a long tour promoting their album and returned to the studio.
Three years before the millennium, AfI released their third album, Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes. Featuring new members, Burgan and Puge, the record had a different, yet improved sound. From that point, the quartet began to find their progressive and defining style. AFI released one more EP, A Fire Inside, and then headed to the studio for their fourth album.
Dark and poetic, Black Sails in the Sunset released in 1999, and established AFI as a legitimate player in the rock industry. Influenced by Marylyn Manson and other gothic rockers, the group began to advance and transform their genre. The group gained attention on the road as they promoted their album. Later that year the band released a Halloween themed EP, titled All Hallows. Continuing in the studio, in 2000 the band dropped their next album The Art of Drowning. After receiving some commercial success, AFI left their label and moved to Dreamworks Records.
In 2003, they released their first album under the new label titled, Sing the Sorrow. The record became an instant commercial success. Singles “Silver and Cold,” “Girls Not Grey,” and “The Leaving Song Part II” played on radios worldwide. Critics loved the album, which reached the top ten on Billboard music charts. AFI left their label and joined Interscope to release their next album, DecemberUnderground. The record reached No. 1 on Billboard charts and was quickly followed by their DVD, I heard a Voice (featuring live performances by the band). The next few years, the band wrote and performed shows, including appearances on SNL.
After spending time recording, in 2009 the group released their next album, Crash Love. A modest success, the album received mixed reviews. Since, in 2013 the group released some videos and lost tracks, including “Burials.” AFI is currently on a break from performing and recording.
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