IRVINE, California — Judging by the sound of "Girl's Not Grey," AFI fit in nicely with the current crop of pop-punk bands.
The only problem is, really they don't. And that's what second singles are for.
" 'The Leaving Song Pt. 2' shows a lot of the heavier side of us," singer Davey Havok said backstage at Saturday's KROQ Weenie Roast (see "Pink Teams With Transplants, Good Charlotte Unplug For Weenie Roast"). "There's all sorts of different elements to us that those who weren't familiar with the band before 'Girl's Not Grey' wouldn't know."
AFI recently took a few days off from touring to a shoot a video for "The Leaving Song Pt. 2" with director Marc Webb, who has worked with Unwritten Law, Good Charlotte and Green Day.
The clip is mostly performance but includes "some tuxedos and ... some of the country's finest dancers," according to bassist Hunter.
"We came up with the idea this time rather than some director giving us a treatment," guitarist Jade Puget said. "So in that respect, I think it's cooler because it's from us and if it's not good, then it's our fault. If it's good, then we can take the credit for it."
Along with the second single, AFI will continue to promote their breakthrough album, Sing the Sorrow (see "AFI Rope In Punks, Goths, Metalheads With Their Sorrow"), with constant touring. After playing about 20 Warped Tour dates with some Canada shows tossed in between, the Bay Area band will head to Japan, Australia and the U.K. before returning to the States for a headlining trek.
"We're basically just touring for the rest of the year, which is great," drummer Adam Carson said. "We are really happy with the record and we are ready to just go play the songs for the people."
AFI are eyeing Boston's the Explosion to open on their fall tour. "And they're actually a punk band," Havok said. "For those of you who think you're interested in punk, this is actually a punk band."