Aug. 30, 2007
Blaqk Audio: AFI Side Project to Play Chicago
By Randy J. Klodz
Rock band AFI spends a majority of most years on the road or in the recording
studio. With the few spare seconds remaining, AFI singer Davey Havok and his
longtime bandmate, AFI guitarist Jade Puget, the duo created an electronic
music-fueled side project titled Blaqk Audio. The band brings its first tour
through Chicago’s Double Door for a Sept. 18 show.
On tour in support of its debut effort, “CexCells,” Blaqk Audio is fully
prepared to display to the nation each member’s deep-rooted love for electronic
music. One listen to the album, which hit stores nationwide, Aug. 14, and
AFI fans are sure to notice a different, but overall pleasing aural experience.
The usual, unique darkness of Havok’s vocals and Puget’s clashing guitars
paint each Blaqk Audio track with an AFI-type hue, with an ambient, often
danceable back beat that’s more often similar to 80s new wave than dance club
In fact, longtime AFI fans should already relish, and be used to, the occasional
use of electronic sampling as elements of the genre-bending audio have appeared
in AFI songs for years.
From “CexCells,” fans of darker pop will enjoy tracks like “Between Breaths
(An XX Perspective),” “Where Would You Like Them Left?,” “Stiff Kittens,”
and the mellow tracks “The Love Letter” and “Wake Up, Open the Door and Escape
to the Sea.” Those attracted more to the club-hopping beats may gravitate
more toward “On a Friday” and “Snuff on Digital.”
Double Door is at 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.
Tickets for this 21+ show are listed for $25 each with showtime slated for
9 p.m. For more info on Blaqk Audio log on to www.blaqkaudio.com.