At the beginning of the year, AFI promised new music would be coming our soon way. The punk rockers have made good on their word.
AFI have released two new songs from their upcoming 11th studio album: “Twisted Tongues” and “Escape From Los Angeles.” The new songs mark their first new material since 2018’s The Missing Man EP.
“Twisted Tongues” is a brooding track with the same melancholy air found on Burials and their previous album, AFI (The Blood Album). The rapid-fire drums build momentum during the verses, which explodes during the hook as Davey Havok sings “You talked in twisted tongues/Of an absolving curse.” Meanwhile, “Escape From Los Angeles” is pop-driven with its infectious melodies and upbeat, catchy music. Parts of it are reminiscent of Dreamcar, Havok’s band with No Doubt members Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont, and Adrian Young. Yet, there’s still a dash of punk, especially with Havok’s trademark intense vocals.
“As I recall, ‘Twisted Tongues’ came of the Blood era and was the first piece of music we explored on the new album,” Havok explained in a press release. “The dreaminess of the music lyrically inspired themes of unforeseen severance. It is a pining song of being set adrift by those who once feigned to share the same anchors.”
Regarding “Escape from Los Angeles”, Havok remarked, “Los Angeles, like most of my loves, is imbued with a darkness and radiance. Musically, ‘Escape from Los Angeles’ called for my own vantage to this classic theme of the city’s dichotomous allure.”
Guitarist Jade Puget added, “Anyone who knows our catalog knows that no two records really sit together. Some sit a little closer, maybe. We do certain things, just by virtue of who we are, that are consistent, but those things come about organically.”
Listen to the songs below. “Twisted Tongues” and “Escape from Los Angeles” will be available on a seven-inch set to release on March 19th. Pre-order it here.
Both songs come from AFI’s upcoming 11th studio album. Though no other details have been revealed, the band promised the record would drop sometime this year.