AFI frontman Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget have revealed the details around their new album XTRMST. Due out November 18 through Dim Mak, it’s the self-titled debut of the duo’s straight-edge hardcore side project, which they revealed through a four-song cassette last spring.
“Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years,” Havok explained in a press release. “We started writing and recording in early 2012 and chose the name XTRMST because it expresses the messages represented on the record. The straight edge movement is not one of moderation. It’s based in undeniable objective truths.”
“The straight edge philosophy is something that Davey and I gravitated towards at a young age, drawn by concepts and ideals that seem almost foreign in modern society,” added Puget. “Like much of the other subcultures we were a part of growing up, it put us at odds with 99-percent of the people around us, which was something we embraced. Being sXe for over 20 years and being musicians, it seemed natural that this crucial ideology would find a musical expression.”
As for why they decided to work with Dim Mak, it turns out that label founder/consummate cake thrower Steve Aoki was once in a hardcore band called This Machine Kills. “I got into straight-edge hardcore when I was a teen,” Aoki said. “It was my community, it was the reason I picked up a guitar, it’s the reason I was in bands, and ultimately it was the reason why I started Dim Mak.”
Check out the group’s “demo” below, and a new track at their official site here.
1. Words For the Unwanted
3. Social Deathplay
8. The Breed
10. The Way
11. Swallow Your God
12. Dirty Nails
14. Coward Bow Your Head