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AFI (A Fire Inside) are an American alternative rock band, formed in 1991. Originally formed as a Hardcore Punk revivalist band, they continued much in the same way for their first three albums: "Answer That and Stay Fashionable", "Very Proud of Ya", and "Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes". Then things started to take a different turn.

On their 1999 release "Black Sails in the Sunset", they supplemented their hardcore sound with Goth Rock influences. This trend would continue with their next two albums, "The Art of Drowning", which also brought in Industrial elements, and "Sing the Sorrow", the latter album becoming AFI's breakthrough album and reaching #5 on the Billboard charts. Then Decemberunderground came around. With a bigger emphasis on a electropop-ish New Wave sound, the album proved to be a bigger success than "Sing the Sorrow" but also caused some alarm due to percieved abandonment of their hardcore roots.

That concern was addressed (for the most part) by their 2009 album, "Crash Love", stated to be a "straightforward rock record" by the band, but still combining elements of their influences over the years into one cohesive whole.

Not to be confused with the American Film Institute, best known for their "100 Years, 100 Movies" lists. Lead singer Davey Havok and lead guitarist Jade Puget also head an electronic side project, Blaqk Audio.

AFI Members:

  • Davey Havok – lead vocals (1991–present)
  • Adam Carson – drums, backing vocals (1991–present)
  • Hunter Burgan – bass guitar, keyboards, programming, backing vocals (1997–present)
  • Jade Puget – lead guitar, keyboards, programming, backing vocals (1998–present)

Former members:

  • Vic Chalker – bass, backing vocals (1991–1992)
  • Geoff Kresge – bass, backing vocals (1992–1997)
  • Mark Stopholese – guitars, backing vocals (1991–1998)
  • Answer That and Stay Fashionable (1995)
  • Very Proud of Ya (1996)
  • Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes (1997)
  • Black Sails in the Sunset (1999)
  • The Art of Drowning (2000)
  • Sing the Sorrow (2003)
  • Decemberunderground (2006)
  • Crash Love (2009)
  • Burials (2013)
  • AFI (2017)

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