To Tour Or Not To Tour (And Record) Will Be AFI's March Question

Group releases third single from Sing the Sorrow, hit road in February.

UNIVERSAL CITY, California — Another year of touring isn't

frazzling AFI — quite the opposite.

"I usually bug out off tour at, like, day 10," explained drummer Adam

Carson, who, along with his bandmates, is enjoying his first vacation

since before Sing the Sorrow was released in March. "It'll be

nice to do another tour."

AFI's latest jaunt launches February 18 in Bakersfield, California,

with Coheed and Cambria and A Static Lullaby in the opening slots. A

few weeks later, Thursday will replace the latter until the tour wraps

in mid-March.

AFI will then decide whether they'll release another single and remain

on the road or return to the studio and begin recording their next

album.

"You never really know," guitarist Jade Puget said. "If people wanna

keep buying our record, we'll keep playing on it."

AFI just released "Silver and Cold," the third single from Sing the

Sorrow and the follow-up to "The Leaving Song Pt. 2" (see "Next Up

For AFI: New Single, Electronic Side Project, Fall Tour").

John Hillcoat, best known for his work with Depeche Mode and Nick Cave,

directed the video late last year in Prague, Czech Republic. AFI came up with the

concept involving the band literally running around the city, and

Hillcoat agreed to develop it.

"This one is more plot-driven," Puget said. "We've kind of covered the

performance angle, so the 'Silver and Cold' video just tells a story.

We did a little acting."

"Prague is very cold," singer Davey Havok chimed in.

"It's also very beautiful," bassist Hunter added.

When their tour wraps in March, AFI will not work on the

Electronic music side project Puget talked about in the fall. The

guitarist said he was just thinking out loud and that he and Havok

never considered recording something outside of AFI.

"It was just a little 10-minute interview in England, so I didn't think

it would ever reach anyone," he said, laughing.

As for reaching people, AFI have been blown away by how loyal their

fanbase — especially their official fan club, the Despair Faction

— has become.

"We were in Reno last night and saw Faction kids there from all over

California and Nevada," Havok said. "We met a girl who had seven AFI

tattoos."

"One kid last night — he looked like he was about 14 — had

AFI on his knuckles," Puget added.

"We met a really young boy, probably about 12 or 13 years old, with

eyeliner on, which really excited me," Havok said. "It was pretty nice."