||09/09/11 03:37 AM
Originally Posted by domotime2
creative integrity is one thing but selling out your roots is a hard sell for the punk crowd. there's a reason why bands like nofx, socical distortion, rancid, bad religion are so beloved...and a band like AFI has to expect it. Plus, there's two ways about it. Against Me! have obviously grown up and are completely maturing in sound, but they're still sticking to a base that got them here in the first place. If i started a punk band, a fast paced fun hard punk band, and i played that music for 15 years, of course i'd want to expand my horizons and not be stuck in a genre. I'd probably write and album or write a few songs that show "other sides" of me...and thats absolutely fine. But "growing up" doesnt include changing everything about you and the band. Davey would've been better served in just starting a new band with a new band name...because the music that they play is simply just not AFI.
I understand what you're saying, but I respectfully disagree.
"Growing up", sometimes does include changing everything about you. Just because somebody, for example, finds religion (or loses it), that doesn't mean that they are not the same person...they are just a different phase of the same person. They may talk about different things or indulge in various different activities, but the core of the actual person still remains.
As a musician, I can definitely say that I could never make the same album twice. There are a lot of different sides to the guys in AFI (and many other bands who suffer the same criticism). They've said numerous times in interviews that they didn't grow up only listening to punk rock...that just happens to be what they started off actually playing. If you have the skill to go further with your music and craft more interesting pieces, why would anybody want to limit themselves to a style of play that is so rudimentary and clearly inferior in terms of musicicanship?
I wouldn't say that AFI "sold out their roots" so much as they expanded on them and allowed them to grow. True, the music they play today could be called anything but "punk rock", but I think that is a beautiful thing as it more honestly reflects the changes we all go through in this thing called life.
You definitely made some good points, but I think it would be selfish of any fan to ask a band to stifle their creativity for the sole purpose of maintaining a fictional, self-imposed status quo.