AFI is touring in support of AFI (The Blood Album) (Concord), which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative and Hard Rock Albums Charts and No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The band revealed the album in stages: Stereogum premiered Get Hurt (which was also spotlighted on Best of the Week with Zane Lowe on Beats 1), Pitchfork debuted the Snow Cats video, Rolling Stone launched White Offerings and NME introduced Aurelia. In between, AFI performed at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas show, where they delivered what Billboard called arguably the strongest set of the night. They tore through Snow Cats on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, kicked off their headlining tour of North America with a sold-out show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, then wrapped it with two sold-out nights at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. Alternative Press and Q gave AFI (The Blood Album) 4 stars each, AV Club said it sounded like the band are as fired up now as they were 25 years ago, People magazine made it a Pick of the Week, Kerrang called it a serious contender for the Best Albums of 2017 list, The 405 praised it as their strongest album in a decade and ABC News gave it 3.5 stars and described it as a dynamic record that should please both old and new fans of the band. AFI (The Blood Album) is the follow-up to 2013’s Burials, which hit Top 10 on the Billboard 200. Since the release of 1995’s debut album Answer That and Stay Fashionable, AFI has written and recorded five top ten hit singles, hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 (with the stunning Decemberunderground), garnered worldwide critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal global following whose members number in the millions.
About Circa Survive
In their decade-plus career, Circa Survive have continued to challenge themselves and test the boundaries of musical genres. With each album they’ve gone outside their musical comfort zone, jumping between post-rock, psychedelic, prog, post-hardcore and shoegaze, creating a sound that’s uniquely theirs yet has the power to connect with a wide swath of music fans.
Their latest album, Descensus, isn’t just an impressive illustration of Circa Survive’s constantly evolving creativity; it’s a testament to the strong bond the five members share. They’ve experienced career highs and personal lows, but their dedication to each other has never wavered. “We’re just in a really sweet spot in our career where a lot of the hard stuff from the beginning is out of the way, and we’re in this place where we know how to write a Circa song, and we also know how to walk outside of our comfort zone together and enjoy it,” guitarist Colin Frangicetto says. “It just seems like at this point now there’s really nothing to be afraid of.”
The band embraced that fearless mentality when they went into the studio to write and record Descensus. After months of personal upheaval for each of the members, they managed to put all that aside and concentrate on making music together. With producer Will Yip once again at the helm, Circa Survive emerged with an album that they describe as their best yet. Whether it’s loud and chaotic (“Schema”), trippy and indecisive (“Always Begin”) or vulnerable and dejected (“Nesting Dolls”), Descensus is the sound of a band on the same page.
Circa Survive formed in 2004 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. It didn’t take long for them to catch people’s eyes and ears, both for their standout debut album, Juturna, and their passionate and dynamic live shows. Each album that followed was a success, from 2007’s On Letting Go to their major-label debut Blue Sky Noise (which would go on to debut at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, their highest chart position yet) to 2012’s Violent Waves, which they self-released.
Circa Survive continue to evolve, creating music that challenges and intrigues them as artists. Their shared desire to constantly create something new is what’s kept both their music and their bond strong.
Circa Survive is: Anthony Green (vocals), Colin Frangicetto (guitar), Brendan Ekstrom (guitar), Nick Beard (bass) and Steve Clifford (drums).
Citizen Everybody Is Going To Heaven On their new album Everybody Is Going to Heaven, Citizen stand on the edge of that overwhelming realization that life is short, sometimes hard, and hopefully, meaningful, and shout all of those big, tough existential questions into the clouds without the anticipation to figuring out the definitive answers just yet.
2013’s debut album Youth introduced the music world to a group of mid-western indie-punks just getting their feet. After seeing their album chart in the Billboard 200 upon its release, sell more than 20,000 copies to date, and embark on massive tours with sold out headlining shows, the band Citizen is becoming is now more obvious than ever in the way they convey themselves sonically and artistically as individuals with purpose.
Recorded with Will Yip at Studio 4, Citizen’s second full-length effort presents the most fully realized version of the band to date in spite of it being their most dissonant and chaotic material they have ever written. The marriage of destruction and beauty looms throughout the album from its start to conclusion. Everybody Is Going to Heaven begins with a blank slate, explores its fair share of life’s ugly moments and tragedies along the way, but ultimately, leaves this world on its own volition and peace of mind. You could say this represents where Citizen are now: A band who passionately sets out to create their own art, and makes itself clear they have no intention of retracing past steps or mistakes set into the ground by their others, or even themselves.