NEW YORK — Has winning the MTV2 Award at last week's Video Music Awards changed AFI's outlook on videomaking?
"I'd like to do a video for all the songs [on Sing the Sorrow], each one has a different flavor to it," AFI guitarist Jade Puget said last week.
"Maybe we'll have 12 singles!" singer Davey Havok interjected.
Actually, before winning their first Moonman (see "Madonna Smooches With Britney And Christina; Justin, Coldplay Win Big At VMAs"), AFI were simply making light of not knowing what Sing the Sorrow's third single would be.
"We don't want to jinx 'The Leaving Song Pt. 2,' " Puget said, referring to the band's current offering (see "AFI Aim To Correct First Impressions With 'Leaving Song' ").
"Actually, with our singles, we like all the songs that we put on the record, so we let the person whose job it is to choose singles choose the single," Havok explained.
While that gets sorted out, AFI will continue doing what they do best. The band, which is touring Europe at the moment, just booked a fall trek that will take it from the West Coast to the Midwest and back through Canada. Bleeding Through, Hot Water Music, Poison the Well, Death by Stereo and Autopilot Off will share opening duties throughout the tour.
During downtime on the road, AFI will write material for their next album, and Havok and Puget will log tracks for an electronic side project called Blaqk Audio. The music, influenced by the likes of Aphex Twin and DJ Shadow, will be made entirely with computers.
In the meantime, fans can catch "The Leaving Song Pt. 2" video, a somewhat frightening depiction of hardcore dancing.
"Lots of people got hurt, broken ribs, chipped teeth, split heads, people throwing up, people passing out," Havok said of shooting the video. "[But even] people who are unfamiliar with anything that is going on in the video seem to appreciate it."
AFI tour dates, according to the band's spokesperson:
- 9/24 - Fresno, CA @ Rainbow Ballroom
- 9/26 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
- 9/27 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark
- 9/29 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
- 9/30 - El Paso, TX @ E-9 Nightclub
- 10/2 - Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
- 10/3 - Oklahoma, OK @ Bricktown Event Center
- 10/4 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
- 10/5 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
- 10/7 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
- 10/8 - Green Bay, WI @ Riverside Ballroom
- 10/10 - Fargo, ND @ Playmaker's
- 10/11 - Winnipeg, MB @ University of Manitoba
- 10/12 - Regina, SK @ Doris Knight Hall
- 10/14 - Saskatoon, SK @ Prairieland Park
- 10/15 - Edmonton, AB @ Red's
- 10/19 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
- 10/30 - Universal City, CA @ Universal Amphitheatre
- 11/2 - Irvine, CA @ Bren Events Center