AFI has shared a new song “Caught” via Rise Records. Previously unreleased, “Caught” was recorded while the band was making their newest album, Bodies. AFI first shared the song with fans at the premiere of Where We Used To Meet, the brand new short film by Kes Glozier. The film features music from Bodies and storylines inspired by the song lyrics. Two intimate screenings were held at Brain Dead Studios in Los Angeles, CA on September 28, followed by a global livestream event on September 30.
“We were really happy with ‘Caught’ and planned for it to be on the Bodies album,” vocalist Davey Havok explains. “We ended up cutting it at the last minute to allow for a better album flow, but still really loved the song. When we started collaborating with Kes on ‘Where We Used To Meet,’ we thought it would be a great context to present the song in.”
“I really like ‘Caught’ and I fought for it,” drummer Adam Carson adds. “Even though I didn’t play on it at all, I felt that it was a really good song and would be important on the record. I was crushed when it didn’t make the cut, so I’m happy we are releasing it now.”
The new track will be available on a limited 7” here.
Critics have hailed Bodies as ranking high in AFI’s body of work, with the likes of SPIN praising the band for “fusing some experimental new steps into the tried and true AFI formula,” and calling their music “one of the most distinct and recognizable sounds today.” In their recent chat with Davey Havok, FLOOD Magazine said, “The album shows the members elevating their musicianship without a second of superfluousness. The result is an album that will appeal to old school fans while inevitably attracting new listeners to the band’s gothic-rock sound.” Alternative Press gave the album a glowing review, noting that “AFI dish out somber edge with outright elegance.” BrooklynVegan shared similar sentiments, saying that “Bodies is the most consistently rewarding batch of songs AFI have released in at least a decade.” Kerrang! also praised the band’s continual inventiveness, saying, “Throughout, even during the more familiar-sounding songs, keyboards and electronic beats pop up, leaving the whole thing with a feeling of gutter-glitter that underlines Davey’s intent with the soul of it.”
Hold me for a moment without a word of everything that we’ve done, of all I’ve heard.
Still your tongue with feeling or we’ll be found. Hold me for a second, without a sound, in the lightest, rare, requited kiss, you a light and I, abyss.
Hold me for a moment without a word of everything that we felt until you’ve heard every song that we have loved played to death.
I will hold you for a lifetime with my breath as we held silent in the lightest, rare, requited kiss, you a light and I, abyss.
I can tell you now that I have been caught. I can tell you, now that I have been caught in the lightest, rare, requited kiss, you a light and I, abyss.
Hold my last breath that I left with you, my light, that I ever miss.