Initially comprised of high-school friends, vocalist Davey Havok, guitarist Markus Stopholese, bassist Geoff Kresge and drummer Adam Carson, the Alternative-Rock outfit AFI, A Fire Inside, first formed in the early '90s in their hometown of Ukiah, California USA.
Soon after forming they unleashed a couple of independent releases but
they broke up shortly afterwards while the band members moved away to
However, the group reunited to perform a successful live show that led them to drop out of school and to focus on their musical dream; they released a few independent EPs and in the summer of 1995 churned out their debut full-length album, "Answer That And Stay Fashionable", on Wingnut Records.
The following year AFI signed with Huntington Beach-based Nitro Records, the label owned by The Offspring's Dexter Holland, who released in June "Very Proud Of Ya". Soon after Kresge decided to leave the group for personal reasons, he was replaced by bass player + keyboardist Hunter Burgan, -- AKA Steve Angel --.
Nitro re-released the band's first album in spring 1997 and in November of the same year, AFI put out its third full-length LP, "Shut Your Mouth And Open Your Eyes".
A year later, the California-based foursome released their "A Fire
Inside" EP on Adeline and Stopholese departed to be replaced by guitarist Jade
The new line-up recorded "Black Sails In Sunset", issued on Nitro in May 1999 and followed it up with the band's first charting album, "The Art Of Drowning", which crawled up to #9 on The Billboard Top Heatseekers list and stuttered at #147 on The Billboard 200 Albums Sales chart.
The band's big break came when AFI hooked up with Garbage's Butch Vig; he produced "Sing The Sorrow" which was issued on DreamWorks in March 2003, the record soared to the #5 position on The Billboard Top 200 chart and also hit the top 10 in Canada, spawning three Modern Rock smash singles: "Girl's Not Grey" peaked at #7, "The Leaving Song, Pt. 2" reached #16 and the final single, "Silver And Cold", hit #7. "Sing The Sorrow" was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA, for shipments of over one million copies.
The next year, the band contributed a cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like A Hole" to the soundtrack of "Grand Theft Auto San Andreas" and in the fall of 2005, an outtake from the "Sing The Sorrow" sessions called "Rabbits Are Roadkill On Route 37" was used in the "MySpace Records Volume 1" compilation.
AFI long-awaited and delayed seventh album, "Decemberunderground", was released in June 2006. The CD shot to #1 in U.S. and went platinum; elsewhere, it peaked at #2 on the Top Canadian Albums list, at #3 in Australia and climbed into the 20 of the British Sales chart. The disc's first single, "Miss Murder", rode the #1 spot of the U.S. Hot Modern Rock chart for five weeks and also reached #13 on The Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. The follow-up single, "Love Like Winter", hit #4 on The Hot Modern Rock list and "The Missing Frame" reached the #17 spot on the same chart.
Havok and Puget next started an electronic side-project under the banner of Blaqk Audio, issuing "CexCells" in the summer of 2007.
In 2009 AFI got back together to record "Crash Love"; this album failed to repeat the chart performance of its predecessors reaching #12 on The Billboard 200. The first single, "Medicate", netted the group their fifth Hot Modern Rock top 10 hit and "Beautiful Thieves" reached #23 on The Alternative Songs chart.
The earth orbited the sun four times before the group put out a new album, the disc entitled "Burials" went a bit beyond the top 10 of The Billboard 200 upon its October 2013 release. The first single, "I Hope You Suffer", made a brief chart appearance on The Rock Songs list, while the follow-up, "17 Crimes", climbed into the top 30 of The Alternative Songs chart.