AFI - Very Proud of Ya (Cover Artwork)
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Very Proud of Ya (1996)


What more can be said about AFI? You either really like them, or really hate them. Some dig the new Goth look, others despise it. But before such conceptual pieces as 'Black Sails in the Sunset' and 'Art of Drowning' were conceived, there stood a bay-punk hardcore band with Misfit influences. We all know the story, AFI starts in 1991, breaks up, plays one reunion show and bam! Back on the scene. The group's first full-length album, aptly titled 'Very Proud of Ya', showcases the group's hardcore roots. West coast hardcore. Flowing melodies mixed with ultra-paced drumbeats and bass throbs were what started it all.

If you love Davey's singy voice of recent albums, watch out. This is hardcore Davey. No singy ballads. Yelling, screaming and the continuous mid-song breakdown of words just spilling out of his mouth were what these days were all about. Care-free punk songs about misguidance, confusion and anger stood before the dark poetry. Don't get me wrong, I like the direction AFI has gone, but I'm offering full disclosure before anyone reads this. There are 2 AFI's, and if you've never heard anything before "Black Sails...", you're gonna be surprised.

'Very Proud of Ya' is an album to go out for a night on the town to. Or for that hour long ride to the show 70 miles away that you can't wait to go nuts at. You can't help but scream along. So pile up the gang, find some shit to do and throw this one in the stereo. Enjoy, you can thank me later.