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AFI’s Davey Havok & Jade Puget Release New Song Under Blaqk Audio

Blaqk Audio Press Shot

AFI members Davey Havok and Jade Puget have given fans a preview of their side project Blaqk Audio’s upcoming album ‘Material’ with single Anointed.

Blaqk Audio’s single starts of softly with an organic sounding bass groove and a synthetic drum track. Havok’s distinctive smooth angelic vocals comes in after a bit, helping to create the eerie sound that he’s known for. Despite that Blaqk Audio is different from their main project, it sounds like AFI if they were to be electronic. Staying true to their original sound, but experimenting to untouched genres.

Havok says Anointed “highlights themes of misplaced hopes of salvation, redemption and rebirth that carry through the record. ‘Material’ is the blank canvas, the fundamental substance, the base of what we create”.

Blaqk Audio is definitely different from their multi-platinum alt / punk band AFI (A Fire Inside) who have released nine studio albums. The outfit achieved commercial success in 2003 with album ‘Sing The Sorrow’ peaking at #9 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums Chart. AFI went a step further in 2006 with the album ‘Decemberunderground’ featuring their most well-known single Miss Murder, with both album and single achieving top spot on America’s Billboard 200 charts.

Havok and Puget, despite being in an alt-rock band, share a love of electronic music, which is expressed through their side project Blaqk Audio. Havok claims that amongst the first albums he owned was Devo’s ‘Freedom of Choice’ and Duran Duran’s self-titled debut album. Puget on on the other hand has a passion for Daft Punk, Front 242, and Squarepusher.

It’s the third record from the veteran alt-punk duo, with the first album ‘CexCells’ which reached #18 on 2007’s Billboard 200. It is unknown if AFI is on hiatus, but Blaqk Audio are worth checking out!