About the song, AFI guitarist Jade Puget — who also produced and mixed the EP — says: “This was the ideal song to kick off the EP. From Adam‘s big drum fill at the top all the way through to the end, it’s just a quick burst of frenetic energy. I brought the song in and was playing it for Davey and he threw out the line, ‘my Trash Bat’ and I thought, how can you lose with a title like that? What is a Trash Bat anyway? Who cares!”
“Trash Bat” follows the surprise release of “Get Dark”, which Brooklyn Vegan praised for being “the kind of catchy, driving punk that will bring you right back to [AFI‘s 2003 album] ‘Sing The Sorrow’.” Stereogum called the track a “rager that’s both propulsive and thoroughly produced” and Consequence Of Sound described the track as having “a bit of a new wave-meets-SOCIAL DISTORTION vibe.”
Both “Get Dark” and “Trash Bat” are available as instant downloads by pre-ordering “The Missing Man” ahead of its December 7 release. On December 8, the band will play KROQ‘s Almost Acoustic Christmas, on December 9, they have a sold-out show at the Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California, and another sold-out show on December 10 at The Observatory North Park in San Diego, California.
“The Missing Man” follows last year’s “AFI (The Blood Album)”, which hit No. 1 on Billboard‘s Alternative and Hard Rock Albums charts and No. 5 on the Billboard 200. It was the band’s second consecutive Top 10 Billboard debut following 2013’s “Burials”.
Since the release of 1995’s debut album “Answer That And Stay Fashionable”, AFI (Havok, Puget, drummer Adam Carson and bassist Hunter Burgan) has written and recorded five Top 10 hit singles (“Miss Murder”, “Medicate”, “Love Like Winter”, “Silver And Gold” and “Girl’s Not Grey”), hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (with the stunning “Decemberunderground”), garnered worldwide critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal global following whose members number in the millions.
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