For some reason, I have a lot of AFI stories. I remember how Steve Koepke's The LIST gave them some silly nicknames a couple of times in 1996. I remember hearing a story about a friend seeing Davey Havok walk out of a Jamba Juice in Berkeley and thinking, "Well, they've sold out now." Mostly, I remember singing along a lot to my college girlfriend's copy of Answer That And Stay Fashionable, which I don't currently own and probably never will because of this 7" I'm reviewing now.
On this record, The Misfits do a fine job of... wait, did I accidentally type The Misfits instead of AFI? Oh no! But seriously Davey Havok went from adorable snotty punk kid singing moderately hardcore songs about high school to wannabe tough guy trying to sound exactly like tiny sasquatch Glennnnn Danzig. I am not a fan of The Misfits, but the AFI record is tolerable. The metally tough guy vocals over some palm muted guitar breakdowns makes sense and the cover of Demonomania is the best offering on the EP despite the stupid Danzig lyrics. Speaking of stupid lyrics, Havok has really created some terrible ones for the first two songs. Lines like "I have seen ten roses bleed, seen new petals fall, I have felt my soul tear." might be acceptable for self-loathing goth kids, but don't really work for the rest of us self-loathers.
So if you're feeling gothy and melodramatic, this is the record for you. Enjoy your Jamba Juice.
A1. 3 1/2
A2. Over Exposure
B1. The Hanging Garden (The Cure)
B2. Demonomania (Misfits)