I’d say I’ve been a fan of AFI since 1998.
I only got to see them once, as i found myself losing interest pretty rapidly in the early 2000’s.
There was just too much other music that I was getting syked on.
But in the past 3 or 4 years I’ve kind of got this new love for early AFI,
and I remember this interview well (ST Issue #2). I loved how it was just randomly mixed in there.
So I knew I wanted to post this one up- I’ve actually been looking forward to it.
It is not the full interview though, i think there are a couple of questions missing.
Interview and most images courtesy of Jeff Lasich.
AFI, you either love ‘em or hate ‘em. I think they’re pretty
stinkin’ good. I caught up with Davey at the Warped
Tour, after dealing with the idiots that run everything there
and this is what went down.
ST: How are you guys doing?
Davey: Great. This tour’s been wonderful. The responses that we’ve
gotten from the crowds, considering we have to play in the middle
of the day, in the sun, is great. We get to hang out with all our friends;
do stuff like sing with H2O, watch good bands all day. We have so
many close friends on this tour with us; it’s like summer camp.
ST: What do you do all day? Are you able to go out and do “normal” things, like go to the movies?
Davey: No, by no means. This is like a micro cosmos. It’s a traveling little world. We associate with ourselves and no one else. There are like 5 days off on the whole tour. On those days off, where we’ve been forced to go into the world, it’s kinda like a culture shock. Rich and I have been talking about how it’s going to stress us out to go home and have to go back into some sort of world where we have to associate with people who aren’t on this tour. It’s kinda stressful.
ST: When this tour is over, what is the first thing you’re going to do when you get back?
Davey: The very first thing, I’m probably going to walk down the street and get a tapioca pearl drink. You probably don’t know what those are. They’re these, I think they’re Thai. They’re these fruit drinks with these little chewy, gummy beads in them.
ST: You like Thai?
Davey: I love Thai. My favorite is a dish called Pat Pe King Ja at the place that I eat that is a tofu and red spicy curry, string beans, and coconut milk. I really like lemon grass coconut milk soup.
ST: On a normal kinda tour, not the Warped Tour, do you see a big difference between east coast kids and west coast kids, the way they act at shows.
Davey: Not really. Our fans across the country are all very, very energetic. They all sing along. They take part of the show experience for the most part. A slight difference that can be seen is the circle pit is more prevalent over there (west coast) and kickboxing is more prevalent over here. There is more head walking and stage diving over here. There are some of both on both coasts. Both are rad, I don’t have a problem with any of that. It’s all great. Any form of physical expression during our shows that doesn’t hurt anybody else, is fine with me.
ST: I ask that because Fields of Fire and In Control just played here, and it seems that west coast kids are totally different. It seems that there are a lot of cliques here and Cali bands just seem to have the punk rock aspect, late 80’s kinda thing, no segregation.
Davey: Everything is that way. There is segregation within the scene, and little sub-sects and cliques everywhere. I don’t really see it too much because with a band like us, most of the shows I go to are ones we’re playing and we’re a band that doesn’t fit anywhere, so kids have to ignore whatever clique they associate with to come to our shows because we have no clique. We’re not anything. We’re not punk. We’re not hardcore. We’re not death rock, not a metal band. We’re none of those things, and we’re all those things.
ST: That seems like it would be hard to do. Not to mold yourself after any one band or genre.
Davey: It’s a risk. You risk people not coming to see you because they can’t pin point exactly what you’re doing. We’re very lucky in that people have appreciated us for what we are, not what they expected us to be, or what they think we should be.