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Review: Blaqk Audio – Only Things We Love

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Do Davey Havok and Jade Puget ever take a rest? After AFI released an EP called The Missing Man at the tail end of 2018, it could be forgiven if they would like to kick their shoes up for a bit and let their fans indulge in the new sounds. However, had they taken a break, we wouldn’t have received such a crowd-pleasing, 80’s new wave effort in Blaqk Audio’s fourth full-length LP, Only Things We Love. Filled with rich homages to 80’s synth staples such as Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, and Erasure, Blaqk Audio can come to terms with the direction they decided to navigate on this record.

Kicking off the set with “Infinite Skin” reminded me something that could’ve easily fit on a Tears For Fears record, with the exception of the darker lyrical content that we have grown accustomed to from Havok. Davey paints a picture of despair when he sings in the opening verse, “Blood on the corner/Love on a dead end street/You heard them warn her/When you first heard of me/You stopped at nothing/Shots rang rang in the night/I’d stopped a little short, a little short of something right.” The music surrounding these words are brighter than you would expect and it turns out to be a solid choice of an album opener.

New Blaqk Audio Album Coming Later This Year

Yesterday on KROQ Davey Havok announced that the new Blaqk Audio album will be released later this spring:

“I was talking to Jade [Puget] on the way here and he said that the 4th Blaqk Audio will likely be finished being mastered tomorrow. We’ll have the 4th Blaqk Audio out this Spring. We will tour on it. I am so excited about it. I really, really like it,” says Havok.

New AFI Music Could Be Coming Next Year

Jade Puget and Davey Havok talk with the OC Register about Blaqk Audio’s new album and mention that we may be getting new AFI as early as next year.

The duo are constantly working independently and together to juggle all of their obligations and keep things fresh, which is why straight after the release of this Blaqk Audio record and the tour, new AFI music could be out as soon as early next year.