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Umm, what happened to the lyrics?

What happened to the band that made Baudelaire references, named a song after the rare but fascinating neurologic condition, Synesthesia, and quoted Dante’s Inferno in their lyrics? How did they get from writing lyrics like “Let's admire the pattern forming, murderous filigree, I'm caught in the twisting of the vine” or “Enter all monsters-- let us twist another fairy tale” to writing hollow sounding crap like “I would be as devout as the high-school sweetheart that I never had”? I don’t care that it sounds ‘poppy,’ I don’t care if it’s being played on the radio, I don’t care that it doesn’t sound like something off of “Very Proud of Ya.” I do care that the lyrics sound patently unoriginal, insincere and completely devoid of any deeper meaning. I mean really guys, “high-school sweetheart?” Come on.

A treat in lieu of a new album

Okay, to all you people who are saying "I'm glad they've gotten back to STS stuff", you can all shut up. The fact is, this song is an outtake from Sing The Sorrow that didn't make it to the album. They re-recorded it for Decemberunderground, but once more it didn't make the cut. The version you hear on this single is more then likely the Decemberunderground version, as evidenced by the production. So, it's a nice little treat, with some Sing The Sorrow goth-punk melodies, and Decemberunderground's more polished production. I wouldn't say it's one of the better songs they've ever done, but it's still good. I do wish they would put some new material, instead of putting out rejected takes from previous albums. Now, to address the people yelling sellout at them: Get over yourselves. AFI have been heading in this direction ever since Black Sails in the Sunset came out. They've evolved into a different style of music. And stop calling them emo, too. Do they sounds like Rites of Spring? Or even moronic emo-pop like Fallout Boy? No is the answer. They've merely done what was inevitable with their past four albums: Their punk roots are still present, but they've rounded it out to bring their gothic tendencies to the forefront. Are they punk? Not anymore. Are the emo? Hell no. They're just something different now. Nothing they've done has been to make money, it's been to satisfy their evolving musical styles and influences.


if you're an AFI fan and you didn't see this coming than you're an idiot. someone else's review suggested that anyone who likes this or anything new is a "poser." i used that word when i was 14 and it is as ignorant and misused now as it was then. if you don't like pop don't download this song. the song is a good example of the evolution of this band; for better or worse is a matter of taste.


Formed: 1991 in Ukiah, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Northern Californian hardcore punk revivalists AFI formed in 1991 when the band's four founding members -- vocalist Davey Havok, guitarist Markus Stopholese, bassist Vic Chalker, and drummer Adam Carson -- were attending high school in Ukiah. Chalker was replaced by Geoff Kresge after eight months, and the band played several local gigs and released a split 7", Dork, with fellow Ukiah natives Loose Change (a band that incidentally included future AFI member Jade Puget). An EP titled Behind the Times...
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