AFI’s Davey Havok + Jade Puget’s XTRMST To Release Self-Titled Debut in November
It was announced earlier this year that AFI's Davey Havok and Jade Puget had teamed up to form the straight-edge hardcore duo XTRMST. Now it has been revealed that the group's self-titled debut album will be released Nov. 18 via Dim Mak Records (track listing below). You can listen to the brand-new song 'Words For the Unwanted' at the band's official website, or an earlier four-song sampler below.
"Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years," says Havok. "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," says Puget. "Like much of the other subcultures we were a part of growing up, it put us at odds with 99% 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."
Puget produced and mixed 'XTRMST' at his home studio and at The Treehouse in Los Angeles.
"I wanted these songs to be chaos, at times difficult to listen to, the wild architecture difficult to understand, but with a taste of the hardcore we grew up on thrown in," Puget says. "The vocals are raw and the main vocal in every song is the first take."
Puget continues, "These songs are the purest expression of emotion, with no thought towards commerce or accessibility. And the album was made with the amount of money you have in your pocket right now - just two people expressing their love and hate into microphones in a tiny room."
XTRMST, 'XTRMST' Track Listing:
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'
Hear Four Songs from XTRMST:
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