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Afi Live 2013

A bit late, moved and hadn't gotten the internet installed.
1Touche Amore
Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me

The venue was pretty small, with a designated "pit" area and rails/seating beyond
it. A local group called Coming opened, and while the instrumentation was solid
(simple yet older style horror punk mixed with some emotional hardcore) the lead
singer's voice just really grated; imagine Pg. 99 mixed with The Gothiscles tone.
Touche Amore was next, and not really having heard them before was pretty
pleased by their older material. The lyrics were a blast, and the band had a small
knot of fans that they'd constantly sing to/let sing into the mic. Only real complaint
was that their new work was bland and lacking emotion, and that the vocalist sung
facing the floor or the drummer too often. Touche Amore knew that the main draw
was AFI, and even though I felt bad for them I was glad that the realized how
overshadowed they were and were graceful about it.
Sing The Sorrow

Davey Havok. Holy fuck. The level of energy and showmanship was insane, all it
took were the first opening cords and the entire cord just bursts forward. His stage
presence was INSANE, so much so that it was hard to give Hunter or Jade a
glance. Right from the beginning he seemed to be looking at each and every one of
us in the crowd, and this was just the start. Not a lot of songs were played from
this album, surprised me.

I understand that a lot of people got into the band with this album, and that the
tour for it was badass, so I wasn't surprised to see the Decemberunderground
emphasis. I've never been to a concert where I knew almost the entire bands
catalog, let alone been in a room where everyone else did as well. The crowd
response to these songs was massive, though the now popular hardcore style of
dancing (friendly moshing is so hard to find) was annoying. Luckily a couple of
older, bearded and tatted fans put a stop to the young bro's aggression and
everything was cool after that; would have been really annoying otherwise, there
were a lot of girls in the crowd.

While "17 Crimes" sounds like a Blaqk Audio cross over it was pretty fun live and
mixed well with the themes and tracks from Decemberunderground... but the real
star here was "I Hope You Suffer". While I hadn't really listened to the track more
than a few times before hearing it live (Hunters bass is so damn prominent, loved it)
with Davey being right there was something else entirely. While I touched on his
stage presence earlier he really made this song for me, it's a favorite now. There
was so much emotion on his face during this track, almost more than any other, it
seemed supremely personal or resonating for him. I teared up again during this
track, we've all had that experience with an ex or family and it was pretty easy to
get caught up in the emotion that was pulsing from the stage. I'm pretty excited
about the new album now.
Crash Love

Sadly my favorite AFI album only received one track, but sparked two pits in the
process. My only real complaint form the show (other than the venues imposed
curfew and the lack of AFI hoodies) was that this album didn't get a bit more love.
Either way it was great to hear "Medicate" live; love this fucking album to death.
The Art of Drowning

The band was giving Davey looks, he was pushing his voice pretty hard that night.
Most of the songs were from their older material (this album especially) and were
really taxing him; Jade would shoot him looks while playing, and Adam kept shaking
his head at him while smiling; though the group definitely has changed with each
album Havok is still a hardcore lover/singer at heart, and wasn't about to let down
fans or not put on a great show (the water breaks increased as the night went on,
both in length and frequency). And holy shit, did he deliver. You know that crowd
walking thing he does? Yeah, it happened twice. "Ever And A Day" was the most
powerful track of the night for me, and while the crowd did the gang chants Havok
just steps over the rail and up into the crowd. Ended up with two people between
myself and he, held up my girlfriend so she could get a better view. The crowd was
singing and crying, it was fucking magical. By this point I wasn't able to tell if
Davey was singing or if it was the crowd, and it didn't matter. While this album had
never been anything special before it definitely is now, thinking about it still gives
me chills. It's pretty hard to describe what it was like, but seeing all this live was
like a dream. It was the best show I've ever attended, and I don't think anything
could top this on an emotional level.
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