AFI (A Fire Inside) are an American alternative rock band, formed in 1991. Originally formed as a {{Hardcore Punk}} revivalist band, they continued much in the same way for their first three albums: "Answer That and Stay Fashionable", "Very Proud of Ya", and "Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes". Then things started to take a different turn.

On their 1999 release "Black Sails in the Sunset", they supplemented their hardcore sound with {{Goth Rock}} influences. This trend would continue with their next two albums, "The Art of Drowning", which also brought in {{industrial}} elements, and "Sing the Sorrow", the latter album becoming AFI's breakthrough album and reaching #5 on the Billboard charts. Then Decemberunderground came around. While somewhat lighter in tone, it was a major success and produced some of AFI's most popular songs, such as "Prelude 12/21" and "Endlessly She Said".

"[[NewSoundAlbum Crash Love]]" was stated to be a "straightforward rock record" by the band, with a focus on catchy, more upbeat songs. However, it [[BrokenBase caused some alarm]] due to percieved abandonment of their hardcore roots. Their most recent album "Burials" continues that merger of styles, featuring a dark, operatic feel to most of the songs.

Not to be confused with the American Film Institute. Lead singer Davey Havok and lead guitarist Jade Puget also head an [[ElectronicMusic electronic]] side project, Blaqk Audio.


[[folder: AFI Members: ]]

* Davey Havok – lead vocals (1991–present)
* Adam Carson – drums, backing vocals (1991–present)
* Hunter Burgan – bass guitar, keyboards, programming, backing vocals (1997–present)
* Jade Puget – lead guitar, keyboards, programming, backing vocals (1998–present)


[[folder: Former members: ]]

* Vic Chalker – bass, backing vocals (1991–1992)
* Geoff Kresge – bass, backing vocals (1992–1997)
* Mark Stopholese – guitars, backing vocals (1991–1998)


[[folder: Discography: ]]

* Answer That and Stay Fashionable (1995)
* Very Proud of Ya (1996)
* Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes (1997)
* Black Sails in the Sunset (1999)
* The Art of Drowning (2000)
* Sing the Sorrow (2003)
* Decemberunderground (2006)
* Crash Love (2009)
* Burials (2013)

!!Tropes used by this band include:
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Answer That and Stay Fashionable'' in "Don't Make Me Ill" and ''Decemberunderground'' in "The Interview". Partially also ''Very Proud of Ya'' in "Consult My Lover", though the line is actually "Very proud of you".
* AnachronicOrder: Possibly. "The Leaving Song Part II" is placed before "The Leaving Song" on ''Sing the Sorrow.''
* AngryDance: Davey loves to thrash about in a non-threatening but aggressive and almost acrobatic way when he's on stage.
* AudienceParticipationSong: "Strength Through Wounding," "Miseria Cantare (the Beginning)"
* BalconySpeech: Davey does one of these in the "Miss Murder" video.
* CarefulWithThatAxe
* CelebrityIsOverrated: From ''Crash Love'', "I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here" is a vain, sassy song about being recognized everywhere and living as a persona.
** ''Crash Love'' as a whole is a look at society's obsession with celebrity.
* ChocolateFrostedSugarBombs: One of their old songs, "Cereal Wars", is about loving extremely sweet breakfast cereals so much that it's impossible to decide which one to pick at the supermarket, and being upset that the supermarket has stopped carrying the sugariest brands. Davey even wishes he could eat the TropeNamer with ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes.
* ClusterFBomb: "Cruise Control"
* ColorMotif: Most of their albums' physical packages and discs have distinct color setups that match the mood of the album, such as the burning red of ''Shut Your Mouth And Open Your Eyes'', the amber and gold of ''Crash Love'', and the brownish grey of ''Burials''. Their website changes accordingly to suit the new theme.
* ConceptAlbum: Not hard-and-fast examples; WordOfGod states that the major themes of ''Decemberunderground'' and ''Crash Love'' are isolation and society's obsession with celebrity and instant gratification, respectively. The ''All Hallow's E.P.'' could be considered one of these, though arguably only half of it ("Halloween" and "Fall Children")" would really count. Similarly, ''Sing the Sorrow'' is about death and rebirth, while ''Burials'' is about the emotional fallout of a failed relationship.
* CoverVersion: "Halloween", "Demonomania" and "Last Caress" by Music/TheMisfits, "The Hanging Garden" by Music/TheCure, "Don't Change" by Music/{{INXS}}, "Jack the Ripper" by Music/{{Morrissey}}, "Head Like a Hole" by Music/NineInchNails, "My Michelle" by Music/GunsNRoses, "Ziggy Stardust" by Music/DavidBowie, "Man in a Suitcase" by Music/ThePolice, "Today's Lesson" by Filth...
** Happened to the band themselves when Music/TheOffspring covered "Totalimmortal" for the ''Film/MeMyselfAndIrene'' soundtrack.
* DressRehearsalVideo: The video for "Medicate".
* DrugsAreBad: The use of drugs by companions is mourned in songs like "Clove Smoke Catharsis" and "Veronica Sawyer Smokes".
* DudeLooksLikeALady: lampshaded in [[ this comic]].
* Music/{{Emo}}: they're closer to classic/ post-hardcore emo than scene emo. They were also key players in the early 2000's post-hardcore scene along with Music/{{Thursday}}, {{Brand New}} and {{My Chemical Romance}}.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Most of the band members, past and present, went to the same high school. The band was actually formed during lunch in the cafeteria.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Spanish in "The Leaving Song, Part II" and "Love Like Winter"
* [[AltumVidetur Gratuitous Latin]]: "Miseria Cantare," "Porphyria Cutanea Tarda" (somewhat justified in that it's a medical name for a disease)
* HiddenTrack: "No Dave Party" (pre-gap track), "Battled," "Midnight Sun," "This Time Imperfect" after the last track, "And Then I'll Be Back Home" after "Affliction".
* KnuckleTattoos: Davey has 'em. (They say "Ciao Baby.")
* LongRunnerLineUp: Type 2
* LoveIsADrug: The song "Medicate" is about this, more or less.
* LoveNostalgiaSong: "The Days Of The Phoenix" is not too far into their career but still very nostalgic for their super-early concert days, and a particular lovely girl.
* TheMakeover: Davey retooled his personal appearance prior to the release of ''Crash Love''. Sporting a moderate beard and mustache bordered by PermaStubble, he looks more masculine, and tones down the width of his large jaws.
** His hair has changed distinctly between each album since ''The Art of Drowning.''
** The band's clothing motifs has also changed, from the white of ''Decemberunderground'' to the suits of ''Crash Love'' to now the leather and black of ''Burials.''
* MasterPoisoner: The story in the "Beautiful Thieves" video is murky and bizarre, but the band ends up killing all the happy, obnoxious, pretty people at the banquet by poisoning their drinks with ease.
* NonAppearingTitle: Too many examples to list. They usually have at least one song per album that averts this. Burials is the one with most aversions.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: Mentions are made of wrist restraints in "Kiss and Control," and "The Interview" refrerences an honest-to-god OBS, "Master and Servant" by Music/DepecheMode. Then there's "Dream of Waking"...
* ObsessionSong: "Carcinogen Crush"
* PrecisionFStrike: "Death of Seasons" and "I Hope You Suffer" have one well-placed F-word each for emotion, and "Cereal Wars" has two for comedy.
* PunnyName: "Yurf Rendenmein"
* RefrainFromAssuming: "Prelude 12/21" is not called "Kiss My Eyes and Lay Me to Sleep," or any variation thereof.
* ReligionRantSong: "The Prayer Position", "Smile", "Sacrilege", and a few others, are all plain exhausted with the bad things religion allegedly brings, and hopeful for a world without it.
* ShoutOut: to ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' in "The Despair Factor," ''{{Goodfellas}}'' in the "He Who Laughs Last" video (the "as far back as I can remember..." line) and ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' in the "Girl's Not Grey" video. Also to ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' on the "Answer That and Stay Fashionable" album cover; the album title itself is a line from the film Bad News Tour. "Veronica Sawyer Smokes" is a big one to ''Heathers''.
* SoloSideProject: Davey Havok and Jade Puget started a side project called Black Audio, releasing an album called ''Cex Cells''.
* TheSomethingSong: "The Leaving Song", "The Leaving Song, Part II", "Torch Song"
* SpokenWordInMusic: again, on "Answer That and Stay Fashionable"
* StageNames: Davey Havok
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Jade in "The Interview"
* StopAndGo: In "The Despair Factor".
* TitleByNumber: "3 1/2," "6 to 8," "37mm," "Prelude 12/21", "Greater Than 84"
* UnderwaterKiss: The end of the video for "Love Like Winter".
* VocalEvolution: There's a big difference between Davey's voice on "Answer That..." and his voice today; partially due to a change in singing style and to the fact that people's voices naturally continue to deepen somewhat over time.