AFI
Dork


4.0
excellent

Review

by BrxxnAngxlRxsnxr USER (40 Reviews)
January 25th, 2010 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


AFI at the time was

Davey Havok – lead vocals
Adam Carson – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Geoff Kresge – bass, backing vocals
Mark Stopholese – guitars, backing vocals

The first Ep by AFI. Limited to only 200 copies it was released in March 3, 1993 on Key Lime Pie Records. While disregarded by the mainstream who would eventually embrace their outings over a decade later this is also an elusive gem among many fans. To be straight forward and as many may already know this sounds nothing like anything AFI have put out recently, a decade many could argue and rightfully so as this album is as straight up punk as it gets, and did I mention its fantastic as well?

The first track, "Self Pity", rockets off with a slam of power chords a simple energetic bass line and splashy drums as a young Davey Havok frantically sings in a bratty boyish tone -

I'm always short on cash and my mind is in the trash.
I can't find a way to get my head out of my ass.
I'm gettin' skinny as a bone
'cause I'm always stuck at home.
I'm living my life all ***ed up and alone.


The lyrics while arguably hilarious also foreshadow a bands progression, not imitation, into much darker territory as the band grew. The fantastic chorus -

So I just whine, whine, whine,
whine whine whine
whine whine whine
all the ***ing time.


only makes the song an instant classic for any rebellious and possibly whiny teen. "Red Hat" doesn't stray far from the last songs formula but kicks off with a shout of 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 before Havok sings -

I'm on the sea so bargain with me, so I can be home once again.
to lose ways, to sing, an odd time of death, to lose and not to win.


Again everything about the song screams energetic, with Havoks bratty voice accompanying the surprisingly personal lyrics though out the track. "Nyquil" is unquestionably the instrumental highlight of the album. The frantic drumming with an equally funky and fast paced bass line are the backdrop to the choppy power chords waiting to snap at your ears. Havok instantly confesses -

Sleep. I want to stay in bed all throughout the day, no one bother me.
I don't wanna open my eyes.
I'll lie here in my room. I have no need to see.
No one wake me, I just want to stay right bed.


On recent AFI outings these lines might have been playfully crooned by Havok but at the time when the young vocalist had no idea of his true scope simply half shouted half sang his heart out throughout the song. The Ep ends just as quickly as it began, at slightly three and a half minutes this is an outing not to impress but just because they ***ing wanted to. Everything about the songs on the Ep scream young, vibrant, bratty, even self questioning. Not only foreshadowing darker and much grander things to come from the band the Ep also showcases just how much fun punk music can be.



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Foxhound
January 25th 2010


4570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This Ep is really short but really great. Thoughts/comments much appreciated.

Foxhound
January 25th 2010


4570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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Piglet
January 25th 2010


4665 Comments


what were AFI smoking when they created this EP? just look at the album cover

Foxhound
January 25th 2010


4570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's Adam, he looks like a dork huh?

Piglet
January 25th 2010


4665 Comments


oh...

TheEnforcer
January 25th 2010


270 Comments


Thats a short album! good review though

Piglet
January 25th 2010


4665 Comments


who negged this?!

Foxhound
January 25th 2010


4570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought it was you but it was probably just a bundle of stixx.

Mordecai.
January 25th 2010


8282 Comments


decent review but this is a terrible EP. AFI didn't start being good until Shut Your Mouth...

ThePalaceOfWisdom
January 25th 2010


1134 Comments


^incorrect. AFI has always been good.

Mordecai.
January 25th 2010


8282 Comments


nope, this sucks.

ThePalaceOfWisdom
January 25th 2010


1134 Comments


Nope, you sucks.

Mordecai.
January 25th 2010


8282 Comments


nope, the person who posts next sucks.

vvv

EasternLight
January 25th 2010


2704 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

damn! you got me. and no afi rules face

WhiteTieBlackJacket
January 25th 2010


793 Comments


I looooooove AFI.

Foxhound
January 25th 2010


4570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought the Ep was fantastic but then again I think all their shit is fantastic..

Mordecai.
January 25th 2010


8282 Comments


aaaargh EasternLight sucks, no news there.



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