Don't worry -- these guys haven't found the lord.
Eighteen years after the release of their debut and more than a decade since they broke out of the Bay Area punk scene, AFI are back with their ninth full-length collection, 'Burials.' But don't let the title mislead you: The band is alive and well. They're simply enjoying the perks of success, one being the freedom to wait four years between albums.
In 2011, Grouplove's 'Tongue Tied' was the second-biggest alternative radio hit of the year, right behind 'Somebody That I Used to Know,' Gotye's inescapable duet with Kimbra. The song was huge, and in the lead-up to their sophomore LP, 'Spreading Rumours.' the Los Angeles five-piece has shown drive and determination, not to mention a certain amount of savvy.
To say Neko Case is exorcising demons on 'The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You' is unfair. She long ago came to terms with her parents' failures, and in an interview with NPR, she spoke candidly about their deaths, revealing they never wanted a child and didn't treat her well.
The Modest Mouse catalog can easily be divided into two categories: their major-label '00s output and their independent '90s releases.
On Sunday (Aug. 25), the second and final day of FYF Fest 2013, many fans on hand for the L.A. event fell into one of two camps. First, there were those that pretty much only cared about My Bloody Valentine, playing SoCal for the first time since 2009 and promoting one of the year's most talked-about albums. Then, there were those that didn't care about MBV -- or at least didn't care enough to stay out until 1AM on a work night.
FYF Fest has come a long way in 10 years. From the small venues of Echo Park to its current Chinatown home in Los Angeles, the fest is known for its commitment to fans and music, and for experiencing its share growing pains. But 10 appears to be the magic number in terms of getting things right and maintaining the spirit on which the event was founded.