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Show Review: AFI with Touché Amoré
Show Review: AFI with Touché Amoré
10/22/13 at 09:40 AM by Ryan Gardner
AFI with Touché Amoré
Mohawk in Austin, TX on October 18, 2013

Most likely due to my age, I never really got into AFI just before Decemberunderground released, which is when I also fell in love with Sing The Sorrow. Needless to say, I was quite excited for their returning tour, especially the fact that Touché Amoré is on the bill.

In rapid fashion, Touché Amoré tore through 22 songs – literally tore through them. Having never seen them live – in person at least – I can hardly describe how chaotic their live show gets. Frontman Jeremy Bolm would let members from the crowd surf up to the stage, take the mic and scream. Or he would hold the mic out to members of the crowd and let them take over. By the end of the set, I would say a good third of the sold out crowd had at one point been on the stage. Talk about a no barrier hardcore show – it was insane. While the fast-paced chaotic songs off of …To The Beat of a Dead Horse and Parting The Sea Between Brightness and Me were a madhouse, the more almost melodic and more spread out songs such as “Harbor” and “Gravity, Metaphorically” were easily the highlights of the night. Bolm carries so much emotion in his voice and movements. When people say they love the energy and chaos of hardcore shows, this is exactly what they mean.
Just Exist
Art Official
The Great Repetition
Method Act
History Reshits Itself
Home Away From Here
Blue Angels
Praise / Love
And Now It's Happening in Mine
Gravity, Metaphorically
Is Survived By
Honest Sleep

AFI came out to wildly excited fans as they wasted no time jumping into fan favorites, starting with “The Leaving Song Pt. II” and “Girl’s Not Grey.” The entire night was fueled old favorites mixed with new cuts. First things first though, man can Davey Havok sing. He has to be one of the most powerful frontman, and after taking some time off, he deserves all the more compliments. Not to mention, he’s as theatrical as ever. He definitely knows how to command the stage. At one point he climbed on top of the wall onto the second story balcony, which was quite chaotic.

New cuts such as “I Hope You Suffer” and “17 Crimes” carried over with full energy to the live environment, with the former being an anthem-like crowd favorite. The rapid punk/hardcore fueled “Dancing Through Sunday” and “Kill Caustic” really opened up the pit with the help of the guitar work of the incredibly talented Jade Puget. Puget definitely flexed his skills throughout the night, while drummer Adam Carson dominated tracks like “Over Exposure.”

However, AFI definitely know how to slow things down when they want to. “The Leaving Song” gave the crowd a moment to breathe, while the encore cover of “Just Like Heaven” had everyone singing along. The entire night was either full of people screaming along, or in the case of “Silver and Cold,” belting their lungs out with Havok.

Looking back on AFI’s now 9 albums and I believe 10 EPs, it’s no wonder they have such a legacy. The new Burials is a solid album, proving they haven’t lost any part of their touch along the way. Not only have they experimented with their sound throughout each record, they have managed to keep quite a strong core fan base over the course of 20 years. That alone is something to be said, and this sold out show proved just that.
The Leaving Song Pt. II
Girl's Not Grey
I Hope You Suffer
Love Like Winter
Ever and a Day
17 Crimes
Over Exposure
The Leaving Song
Beautiful Thieves
Kill Caustic
Bleed Black
Miss Murder
The Days of the Phoenix
God Called in Sick Today
Just Like Heaven (The Cure cover)
Dancing Through Sunday
Silver and Cold
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