Warped Tour 2006 Noblesville, Indiana

South Bend, IN, US

It was my first large show, my friends gave me a ride, I was 15. I knew many of the bands attending, but couldn’t wait to see AFI for the first time. I waited patiently as the crowd grew around me and my friends. The band took the stage, and the crowd rushed forward, I was a pretty small kid, and I was beginning to get pushed pretty hard, then a guy next to me yells “bring her up!” And suddenly, I’m floating over the crowd towards the front! A split second, and I got to look Davy straight in the eyes, before a guard escorted me away. I watched the show from the side, and sang my heart out to every song. 🖤

13 YEARS LATER

Austin, Texas, US

I discovered AFI when I was in high school & absolutely fell in love. My best friend surprised me with concert tickets! This would be tricky because my dad was very strict. The conversation quickly fell apart when he shut me down completely on the way to school-the answer was NO. We cried all day, I was shattered. 13 years later I finally got to see my favorite band. Not as heavy eyeliner teen but as a grumpy 30 year old. WORTH THE WAIT!

I have a memory…

San marcos, US

Of actually liking this band.

Love ,

Your favorite Jew Girl

First and only time seeing afi

Ogden utah, US

First time I saw afi was not long after black sails came out. Watched them play at a festival in utah mid 99-00 WOW I was impressed been in love with the band ever since

Answer That and…

Monument, Colorado , US

San Jose. 1995. My mom had recently moved to Colorado and I stayed behind in California because I didn’t want to move. I didn’t know anyone in San Jose. It was lonely. The thing that helped me get through this time was music and skateboarding. There was a new band that I heard toured with Rancid, AFI. I picked up Answer That and Stay Fashionable. My 13 year old self was in heaven. The album spoke to me. I would listen to the album and go skate by myself. It helped me find myself. I’ve loved AFI ever since. Eventually I followed my mom to Colorado and started telling people about AFI, they were so new that no one knew of them. I had Very Proud of Ya in my locker and someone stole it. The next morning File 13 was played on the morning High School television show. At least my stolen album went to good use. Much love!

Irvine, Ca 2018

Phoenix, Az, US

September 30, 2018 I found out while on vacation to see AFI, That our IVF journey and our 1 embryo was a girl!  Thanksgiving day 2018 it was confirmed I was pregnant, and that one embryo split into two, and I have identical twin daughters! I think the excitement from seeing my favorite band made my miracles happen!

First AFI Show – Warped Tour 2001

Euless, US

In 2001, I had a chance to finally see AFI live at Warped Tour. There, I got to meet Adam, Jade, and Hunter. I also got my Black Sails CD booklet signed by Adam, Jade, and Hunter.

Best Show of My Life

Cookeville, US

I’m not one to lament the woes of my difficulties in life but I was going through a particularly difficult time in my life which lead to a massive depression. I had tickets to a show at the House of Blues in Cleveland during the Burials era and your energy and the energy surging through that crowd were exactly what I needed to snap me back into a place of calm.

That’s how it’s always been with this band for me a place to revel in darkness, to love my hate, loose my faith and become part of the dark flame over and over again.

Gilman Forever!

Willits, California, US

March 29, 1996 at the Gilman in Berkeley. Went with a friend who knew the folks in AFI and Tiger Army. My first time seeing AFI live. My first time at the Gilman. The most amazing live show I have seen (to date too!). So much energy. So much fire! Will remain in my memory forever.

Starry Night

one of those 50 states, US

It was early 2000’s, a heyday of rebels without a cause finding out there were real causes for being rebels. I enjoyed art and was exploring the possibilities of digital animation with Flash software, which lead me to create an account on Newgrounds where bad animation was welcome. My practice sessions in Flash were posted and got enough attention from people that haters sprang up with the fans. One hater was this guy with a huge ego (no surprise there) that had a good number of followers, since he was a jealous boy he flung a desperate insult at me, but I took it as a challenge to create another award winning movie.

What I decided on was “Starry Night”, an artistic rendition of AFI’s emotionally movie “The Leaving Song Pt. II”.
Published here: https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/807633?updated=1639590781

Bringing people together

Coloma, MI, US

The first song I heard by AFI was girls not grey as a kid. Ever since I have been a fan. When I met my husband we bonded over listening to you as well. So thank you for that. We even got to go to a show together once but didn’t take any photos. Congrats on 30!

Thank you

Ogden, UT, US

I could remember being 12 years old and hearing Girl’s not grey for the first time, then Decemberunderground immediately dropped. Your music got me through all of middle and high school, and for most of my life up to current. I swear you guys have a song for everything that happens in life, and thank you for being my soundtrack all this time ❤️❤️❤️ Through our bleeding, we are one. 

Played for a place to stay

Kelowna British Columbia, CA

1998 and AFI just released Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes.  You guys played in my hometown of Kelowna at a place locals called the Grey Barn but it is officially Okanagan Mission Community Hall.  You started the gig with A Single Second and ended with Last Caress.  Such a great show.  About halfway through Davey yelled we are playing for a place to stay tonight.  My buddies parents had a big acreage.  We helped you pack up after the show, hung out and partied all night.

I wanna get a mohawk, I might have disobeyed…

sacramento, US

To say your music changed my life would be an understatement, I was that angsty 10 year old you sang about, a kid who fell in love with punk music and got a mohawk despite parental protests. I still rock the ‘hawk today. Your albums are among my most listened to, now and forever.

Meeting my favorite band of all time

Las Vegas, NV, US

On February 18th, 2017, I finally got to meet the band I have worshipped since I was 12 years old. More than half of a lifetime later they are still the coolest band in the world and hold the dearest part of my heart. I was so awe struck and tongue tied that I could barely speak. It was a surreal experience that felt completely euphoric and out of body for me. In retrospect, I feel I had done a disservice by not explaining how much they changed my life with their music so I hope I can rectify this in the future with another meet up one day. They all graciously signed a ton of my AFI collection which I still have framed. After the show I got a tattoo where Davey signed my arm to celebrate this absolute privilege and monumental occasion. If they read this, I hope they know how much their music has helped me brave this world and to be comfortable being myself. Thank you for the last 30 years ❤️‍🔥

I offer grace, I offer blood, I offer everything till my heart is crystal clear

Las Vegas, NV, US

Growing up in a strict religious family of was incredibly difficult when you’ve decided you want to live your life the way you want and not by how your parents want or how god supposedly wants you to. AFI’s music resonated with me in a way nothing else ever had. AFI was there for me and helped me through and when I needed help to carry on. Decades later, I still have them to thank for giving me strength. 

When I was 13 I saw AFI live for the first time with Bleeding Through in Las Vegas and my life was forever changed. My stepdad was able to buy us tickets from Ebay after the show had sold out which I’m sure was not cheap at all but I was eternally grateful. It was extremely worth it and meant everything to me both then as a teen and especially now. 

10 years later in 2003 I went to see them again here in Las Vegas. This time with Touché Amoré. I finally repaid my stepdad by getting him a ticket this time. Less than a year later he passed away but I’m grateful that I was able to take him to the show this time around. These are memories I’ll always treasure. Just like a fire inside of me, I keep his  memory alive in my heart. My love for AFI burns stronger than ever. Happy 30th Anniversary AFI. Through our bleeding, we are one 🔥

This Time PERFECT

Jasper, alabama, US

I knew about you guys somewhat before, but I can remember really falling in love with Silver and Cold first when it had started to come on fuse tv. I was beyond adoration once I had learned every word. The whole vibe of the video was like an autobiography of how I looked and lived my life at the time as a shy outcast yearning to be in love just for love’s sake. I was deep in my goth and metal days, and spent my time going to local metal shows in conservative southeast Georgia (waycross). We had a good group of hardcore kids and we really adored you guys.

As the years have passed, I fell more in love with this band album by album. Your tunes and lyrics seem to capture elements of being a human like no other band. You guys are like angels. I hope you know that your hearts are very beautiful. Many songs like this time imperfect, silver and cold, morning star, endlessly, she said, caught, and the like have just wrapped me up in a romance with your sound, very much like that romantic feeling I get from listening to The Cure’s pictures of you. Yall know that is saying something! Thank you for sharing your art with us all for so many wonderful years,  and I hope to see you guys for the first time one day.

AFI & Deftones

Knoxville, TN, US

Around 2003 I received a Wal-mart gift card for either my birthday or Christmas. I went to Wal-mart with a friend and bought AFI’s Sing the Sorrow and Deftones self-titled (the one with the skull on the cover) We’d pretend to run into other cars when the first song kicked in so heavy haha. But anyways those 2 cds stayed in my cd player for pretty much that entire year.

Also seeing AFI in 2010 in Knoxville, when y’all coming back? Knoxville doesn’t get good shows anymore.

Yo he estado aquí, muchas veces antes…

CIUDAD DE MEXICO, MX

I remember being in my early teen years when I got the notice from my best friend that AFI was coming to México. It happens that by that time I lived at the south of the country and off course had no budget and no permission to go by myself to see my favorite band of all times. There was not much I could do, but to spend most of classes looking through the window imagining you guys coming to my high school and giving this blast of a concert on the rooftop of my building.

This photo reminds me a lot of those teenage years when I wanted to find a way to send all the stuff I made about you guys to let you know how grateful I was (and still am) for opening my mind to a very genuine and sincere sound. Seems like now is the right time.

Happy anniversary guys 🖤

I remain, and shadows growing wings.

Santa Cruz California , US

From the very beginning I have been a fan of this band. Seeing them at venues like Gilman Street, downstairs vets Hall in Santa Cruz, to Palookaville and the Catalyst, Haunting of the bay at Slims (RIP) secret shows under secret names, double shows at the Santa Cruz Vets Hall, The Living Room, and countless other venues. Better time we’re hard to find. I first met Davey Havok, sometime in the late 90s at what was no doubt a Numbskull Productions show. He was sweet and kind then, as he is now. Eventually I started working for Numbskull Productions, and over the years we have done countless shows for them at many different venues across the state of California. I can remember being backstage hanging out at the Catalyst, or Palookaville, or interviewing the band for a ‘zine I was doing at the time, or watching bands play from the crowd hanging out with Davey and Smith or Adam, at warp tour in Ventura or anywhere else. Over the years I’ve ran into all the members of this band in different places, record stores, random shows, etc. None of them have changed in character or personality through these past 30 years. I’ve loved this band from the beginning. I still love this band today. I like to think that I am one of the one in one 1000 acquainted. As many others are as well. I’ve tattooed myself with their lyrics and other images, collected all the merchandise in the vinyl. And there isn’t a song on any record that isn’t cathartic and comforting, when I hear it, and I always want to sing along. So thank you for all the music inspiration and friendship over these past 30 years. Here’s to another 30. AFI Forever. Through our bleeding we are one. Beyond and to all time I stand. From here to forever it’s Will I will follow. XXX

That first taste

Austin, Texas, US

I’ll never forget the first time I heard AFI. It was the fall semester of my junior year of college. I was hanging out with a new friend from the opera production and they put on some music once we finished rehearsing. The opening track of Sing the Sorrow came on. I stopped in my tracks. I was hooked from that first phrase. I had to sit down and listen to the entire album at that moment. I had no idea who AFI was before that moment and I’ve been a fan ever since. decemberunderground literally saved my life. I listened to that CD so much I had to buy another copy. I’ve loved all their music and their “older stuff” (to me) evens gets to me. They’re one of my top 5 bands. When the blood album came out, I knew I had to get a tattoo to pay homage to them and my two favorite albums of theirs. So now I share a photo of my tattoo with y’all. I know a lot of you will appreciate it as much as I do. 🩸🖤

Lucky Socks

Texas, US

I found AFI when I was about 9 years old and loved them since then. When I was a sophomore in high school my mom got me a pair of AFI socks. I wore them all the time. The same day I got them I met the guy that would be my boyfriend, who I am still dating today. I introduced him to AFI and now we have tickets to see their newest concert. I am so excited!

Long Beach, CA, US

I discovered AFI around early 2006, I’ll always remember it. The video for “silver and cold” came on when watching fuse tv and I was interested ever since!! I later discovered the songs “girl’s not grey” and “miss murder” starting getting huge traction on the radio & tv. I was hooked! Later in the year, I gained access to limewire & downloaded all of AFI’s discography. A live performance from 1999 of “god called in sick today” with a great purple hue was my daily morning routine to watch while I got ready for school. Then the biggest moment of my life happened when my wonderful aunt took me & my sister to watch AFI here in my hometown at the Long Beach arena for the decemberunderground tour. It was my very first concert ever & I’m so happy to say, it was one of the best performances ever!!! AFI’s music has been there for me in every aspect of my life. I love the feeling of hearing and watching the progress & evolution of AFI’s music grow with me over the years. I can’t wait to see you  guys again in 2022 with my aunt & sister again!! Davey, Jade, Adam & hunter. You guys mean so much to me & love you all immensely!!! Thank for all the music & what you’ve done for us fans. Through our bleeding, we are one! 🤘🏼🖤🔥

The beginning of…

Mexico City , MX

I don’t have many memories about AFI, I would like to have more.

One of the only ones they I have is the day that I discovered their existence.

Was a normal day in May 2006 , like every day, me and my sister would return from high school at 2pm, We turn on the television to look for something interesting to watch on tv. That day, there were not many homework and we watched “The 10 most requested” an MTV program in Mexico, where they broadcast the ten music videos most requested by fans. That day among the most requested videos they mentioned AFI with the song “Miss murder”, when we watched the video , we watched a boy with medium short hair, he sang and had a black bunny in his hands. The beat was pretty cool, the catchy chorus with a dark aura. What struck us the most was the way he screamed, we liked it so much that later days we went to an “internet cafe” to look for information about the band, we looked for the songs translated into Spanish, to understand the lyrics of the song. We printed some images for our notebooks and every day we looked forward to seeing the program, obviously always wanting to see them in the first positions, they were so good, that they deserved no less. We always searched among the other music channels, to see if they showed any of their videos. We begged our mother to buy us the album “Decemberunderground”, as we didn’t have much money, she could only buy us one for both of us. And later she gave us the dvd “I heard a voice.” Every day we listened to it without exception. Sadly, I was never able to attend their events that took place in Mexico. I was small enough to go and as a teenager, I only had money to go to school. Now as an adult and earning my own money, I hope I can see them, there is not a day that I don’t think about it. I am infinitely grateful to have known them, the impact that they have caused is incredible, because they have taught me not to stop and pursue my dreams, always with passion. Well, I had already given up. I’m still working on it. It is never too late to do what you really love. They inspire me to keep doing what I love: drawing.

Thanks AFI! 🖤🇲🇽

Validation

Toledo,OH, US

I listened for years. Your ever evolving aesthetic soothes me. December Underground and its aesthetic appeared just in time.Something about that album and that aesthetic spoke to me. That tour, oh my god. You are such a sight to experience. Thank you for capturing an experience. Thank you for this. A Fire Inside  Thank you for the beauty  Thank you for the honesty. Thank you, just thank you. Ohhhhh!

Wonder

Toledo, US

I encountered AFI within a definitive split in life. Morningstar derailed me. December Underground sparked something in me.Even I Hope You Suffer allowed me to quiet the especially daunting words and memories. Beyond the measure of tone and delivery of Davey’s words and the evolution of the band:s sound, I find solace.I have seen you live in Detroit, Chicago and Portland and will see you again in March. Thank you for your dedication. Thank you for your craft. Thank you 

Elementary Rock

Chillicothe OH, US

One of my favorite memories is probably the first of many i have where AFI is involved

My mother would play all of her “edgy” music (as first grade me would call it) I always remember listening to Miss Murder on the way to school DAILY! My love for AFI only grew as I got older, their music getting me through some of the hardest times in my life. 

Im proud to be a life long fan of AFI and a current DF member. 

Best friends

Washington, D.C., US

After being friends for well over a decade, my best friend Desi and I finally had the chance to see AFI together. If not for this band that saved us both, we would never had met. Getting a chance to tell Adam thank you was a dream. He was so lovely and it’s a night I’ll never forget.

Meet and greet with your favourites

Brisbane, Queensland, AU

Meeting your favourite band or celebrity doesn’t always work out the way you imagine it in your head.

Meeting AFI did.

They were humble and chatty and genuinely interacted with the small group of us who won a meet and greet at their September 2017 show in Eatons Hill in Brisbane. The memory is one I’ll cherish forever.

They then went on to play a killer show turning my husband, who came with me, from someone who knew a few songs because his wife always had them on to fully impressed, those guys have got the complete package fan.

Here’s to another 30 years. 

Home

Dallas, TX, US

I was late to this party. I honestly didn’t think I was young enough or cool enough to belong at an AFI concert when I bought tickets to see them for the first time back in 2009. I am so glad I didn’t let self-doubt stop me. From that night on, I have been to as many AFI shows as possible. My home is on that rail, screaming along with my AFI family. I’m going to love the guys forever for the music and for creating a place I belong. 

Lifelong fan

US

I’ve unfortunately never had the chance to come see AFI 🙁 but I’ll never forget sitting at my friends house one Sat morning, watching MTV and Girls Not Grey came on. I said, “man i really like this.” And that same wkend,I got my mom to take me to get CDs. I was 15. I’m 30 now and still a huge fan. Someday I WILL come rock out! 

2 Generations of AFI

Saskatoon, SK, CA

When I first heard of AFI through the Offspring, I searched local record stores in an attempt to purchase their albums but to no avail. I mentioned it in passing and my uncle said “Well I have AFI CDs, in fact, I met them”. Next time I saw him, he handed me ATASF and VPOY. The rest is history. 

Bakersfield Meet & Greet 2006

San Jose, CA, US

This was a DF meet&greet I won before a concert in Bakersfield. I drove there by myself from the Bay day of and drove back home after the concert. I had Davey sign behind my ear and got it tattooed the next day. 🤘

An evening in Providence

Barre, VT, US

Over the past decade and a half, I’ve been lucky enough to meet the band several times. Each moment was unique and will be remembered – especially the time that Adam showed his incredible generosity and gave the HQ team sets of drumsticks used on AFI (The Blood Album), and let me have the sticks from “Dark Snow”.

But as much as that evening will forever stick in my mind, my absolute favorite moment wasn’t one where I even met the band. It was May 28th, 2010, and 3 of my New England DF friends made the trek to Providence, RI, to see AFI play an outdoor skating rink.

Not only was AFI playing, but so were Violent Soho (another favorite of mine) and an unknown band – at the time – called New Politics. Both support acts were great, but in the end it was the atmosphere of this show that set it apart.

AFI absolutely killed it that night. As the springtime heat faded into a cool, damp evening, the band tore through a set that included the first time I got to see “I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here” and the last time I saw them play “Death of Seasons”. Something about experiencing that song out in the open was truly amazing.

It was also my first time seeing any major show outside rather than in a stuffy venue, and 11 years later is still one of my favorite shows of all time. I doubt it will ever leave my top 3. That is one show I could relive over and over and never get bored of.

A buck short but made it

Murrieta, California , US

Been a fan a few years by the time of this show. Broke and a last minute thought with no ticket! Afi fans are the dopest so was able to score a ticket outside and lucky enough to make it in time for Hunter to sign my stub! 

Keylime pie, a cat in boots, and a creature only Davey could design

Chicago, Illinois, US

I’ve traveled to so many cities thanks to your concerts. I’ve made so many friends thanks to the DF boards. I was able to survive thanks to your music. The impact of AFI on my life is indescribable.

I jokingly asked if you’d draw something instead of an autograph… you surpassed my expectations.

21 years of eternal gratitude

Buffalo, NY, US

I can vividly remember buying The Art of Drowning as a freshman in college in 2000.  Older friends of mine had made me aware of AFI, but until then I hadn’t really gotten into them.  That album just blew me away, and still does.  The combination of aggression and melody was like nothing I had heard before then.  I immediately bought all of the older albums, and have been with you guys throughout your progression since.  My half-sleeve of AOD and All Hallow’s artwork is a constant reminder of how influential your music has been for me over the last two decades.  Here’s to another 30 boys!  And come back to Buffalo!

We are the wakeful, wry and watchful

Buffalo, NY, US

Forgot to include a picture of my tat!

My 2010 college admissions essay about my love for AFI

Madison, WI, US

First heard AFI in elementary school in 2001, started following them in middle school, continued to be a fan in high school, wrote my college admissions essay about AFI in 2010, and now in 2021 AFI continues to inspire me in graduate school as I finish my PhD.

… But Your Fire Makes It All Worthwhile

Clarks Summit, PA, US

You guys are such role models who have taught so much about integrity & have been the brightest light in my darkest moments for 15+ years…I can’t thank all 4 of you enough for that. ❤️‍🔥 I have too many memories for one post: my first show in ’06, ’09 Scranton signing, meeting Jade and Davey at/backstage after ‘American Idiot!!’, watching side stage in ’13 & the recent short film+Q&A are only some of the highlights. I can’t even try to count the many, many times you’ve saved me in these 15+ years – I can never thank you enough. You bring me so much inspiration & have greatly impacted my life. Your ethos taught me so much & your music inspires me everyday. It’s been 30 years, 11 records, but Bodies is likely my favorite; every single track slaps.

Kate
XXX

The art of drowning

Jacksonville, US

I’ve called a lot of bands favorites over the years.  But none hold a place in my heart like AFI.  My high school sweetheart bought tickets for us to see them in Pittsburgh around 2002-2003.  Show opened with the lost souls.  Davey running and jumping into the crowd while he sang the opening verse.  From that point I was hooked.  

I would bore you with all the memories since and all the songs you’ve made that meant so much to me.  

So I’ll just close with this.  Davey, you’re the coolest damn frontman I’ve ever seen.  30 years and youve never lost a step.  Freddie Mercury would surely have you down as one of his favorites if he was still with us I’m sure.   

Saved from the darkness

Colorado springs, colorado , US

My teens where a hard and dark time for me, I always struggled with depression and dysphoria. I always found meaning and purpose through music. AFI was always on my playlist from the early punk to the newer EMO music. After all these years i will finally see them live next year! Love all you do!

My Long-Awaited AFI Tattoo

Austin, TX, US

After years of mulling AFI tattoo ideas over in my head, I finally landed on this design. I wanted something a little more feminine than the traditional artwork. It combines the artwork of my favorite albums, The Art of Drowning and Decemberunderground. I hope y’all love it as much as I do!

Meeting Adam at a Vegan Food Truck

Austin, TX, US

After a show at Stubb’s in Austin, we went around the corner to grab some vegan food. Aren’t I lucky that the boys are vegan?! My friend past me walking and subtly said, “Kelly, don’t freak out, but Adam is behind us.” So naturally, I turned around and freaked out. We invited him to sit and chat with us while we waited for our food, and he did. We talked about their tour, music, movies, and specifically Childish Gambino. Hands down one of the best nights of my life!

Still Free

Merrillville , US

Every weekend in highschool we’d get together at a friends house, the whole block. Kids would skate, we’d blast music, & just hang. So many laughs, just being kids.That was the 1st time i got introduced to your music. I always felt so free & careless listening to your music there. Home life was stressful, & I never felt like I fit in there or at school being, one of a couple Hispanic students in the whole school. When we were there rockin out on those weekends.. We all fit in. Didn’t matter how crappy our home lives were, how good we were doing in school, if we had money. We fit in, we belonged. We all related and united under something we loved your music.  I really hold on to that. That feeling, of just being free…belonging no matter what situation arises even as I grow older. So thank you for that. Much love❤️

Half my life with AFI

Sydney Australia , AU

When I was 14 I was introduced to AFI by a friend. The moment I heard AFI I fell in love instantly. The first album I ever owed was art of drowning, this album got me through many tough times and still remains an album I always turn too. Sing the sorrow is another iconic album which is the sound track of my life. Every album AFI have released I have connected with  

I’ve been to every AFI show in Sydney since 2005. Headlining and festival shows. I had the privilege of interviewing Davey and Jade on triple J (aus radio station) in 2014 for the Burials tour. 

I am now 31 and I can still say AFI are my favourite band of all time. Thank you for the countless memories and authentic music you bring into the world. 

The Best Birthday

San Marcos, TX, US

I thought my 25th birthday would be my last. To my surprise, it turned out to be my very best. After the concert, for the very first time, I got to meet all of AFI. I teared up in front of Davey and was able to explain that it was a very special day for me. He wished me a happy birthday and even complimented my makeup. I couldn’t have imagined a better way to end my night. 

Care Packages

San Francisco, CA, US

I served in the US Army from September 2002 until January 2009. Decemberunderground was released in the middle of my first deployment to Iraq.

I had already been a fan for years and eagerly watched the Mystery unfold during my brief periods of Internet access, but I wasn’t able to participate directly.

However, my close friends and family all knew that I was an AFI fan and reacted accordingly – by sending AFI-themed care packages.

Magazines, picture discs, concert merch, fan art… pretty much any piece of DU shwag that could fit in a flat rate box found its way to Baghdad that summer.

I’m on the Autism spectrum, so my behavior is a bit unusual and I have trouble interpreting social cues. As such, I’ve always felt isolated from the rest of society – a feeling that was magnified exponentially when I went overseas and was cut off from all the weirdos who actually liked me. AFI’s music and the kindness demonstrated by both friends and strangers helped to make that year a little less bleak.

The photo you see here is a copy of Decemberunderground that a friend got signed for me when she went backstage at BFD. I kept it by my bunk throughout both of my deployments as a reminder that someone cared enough about me to schlep backstage and get that thing signed.

Awkward Angsty Teen Years

Atlanta, GA, US

December Underground came out when I was 16. My then boyfriend sent me Prelude 12/21 via IM, which took hours to download via dial-up. I had to sneak to listen to it (strict parents), then later skipped school to go to FYE one town over to buy the CD, which I had to hide between layers of Mercy Me & Vivaldi. This album was my constant through my angsty, awkward teen years, and remains an album I enjoy revisiting as an adult. (I had to buy a new copy as I wore the old one out.)

A cute boy

Oakland, CA, US

A boy from church that I had a crush on burnt me a copy of the album and wrote the titles of it on the front of the disc. It was a part of my birthday present. I listened to it every day for years.