for those of you who didnt know, AFI was originally a horror punk band…yeah…way to sell out guys
No, they weren’t. They were a hardcore/streetpunk band. They didn’t even get into the gothic sounding stuff until about 6 years down the road, when half the band’s lineup changed and Jade started writing the music.
Also, there’s nothing that invalidates anyone’s opinion quicker than claims that if a band that formed when a bunch of guys were 15 in high school and didn’t even know how to play their instruments ever grows up, becomes better musicians, has diverse musical interests, and doesn’t want to keep making albums that sound exactly the same because they want to explore new things each time, OMG THEY SOLD OUT.
Srsly, if the definition of “Selling Out” is making music specifically so people will buy it, isn’t that what every self entitled elitist who claims a band are sell outs WANTS to them do? Not make music because it pleases them and is an expression of what they’re thinking/feeling, but instead deliberately make music to please other people (in this case, THEM?)
When I was 7 I wanted to grow up to be Brian May.
When I was 8 I wanted to grow up and be Bob Dylan.
When I was 11 I listened to Kiss and The Beatles and Idolized both Alice cooper and Bruce Springsteen.
When I was 15 I’d spent 8 years in training as a concert guitarist playing Andreas Segovia/Classical and John Fahey./American Primative folk music, but wishing I was playing AC/DC or Adam Ant, or Pink Floyd.
When I was 16 I wanted to be in a street punk band like Operation Ivy (Billie Joe Armstrong and I came up with that epiphany almost simultaneously, LONG LIVE EAST BAY PUNK ROCK)
When I was 17 I was playing Violent Femmes, NIN, Ministry and The Cure on my radio show.
When I was 19 I was heavily into Elvis Costello, Kate Bush and Sting.
When I was 21 I wanted to play guitar in Nine Inch Nails.
When I was 24 it was Stray Cats, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and the Brian Setzer Orchestra.
When I was 28 I would’ve been happy playing guitar for either Shirley Manson or Marilyn Manson.
When I was 31 I still wanted to play guitar in Nine Inch Nails.
When I was 32 I wanted to be Green Day’s back up guitarist and/or possess Brody Dalle.
Now I wish I were Matt Bellamy.
I’m such a fucking sell out.