Put This on Your iPod: AFI's The Art of Drowning

[Sarabeth here, back with some more jams to add to your iTunes library! Every Wednesday, I’m bringing you music suggestions – could be something new, old, hugely popular or fairly unknown –  to awesome-ify your  collection.]
This week, I’m in nostalgia/angry mode. Angry because my Dbag of an ex-boyfriend has decided to try to start calling me again (barf). Nostalgic because when I’m trying to blow off steam, I tend to go into organization mode and this time around, my music collection got my attention. While re-labeling my iTunes collection I came across an old favorite album of mine: AFI’s ‘The Art of Drowning.’ It immediately took me back to my punk rocker days in middle school. The days I would trick myself out in Hot Topic clothes from head to toe before my town even got one. Embarrassing, yes. But while my fashion sense wasn’t top notch, I did have good taste in music as a 12-year-old.
About the Band:
AFI, or A Fire Inside, started back in 1991 in California and currently consists of Davey Havok, Adam Carson, Hunter Burgan, and Jade Puget. They formed when the members were all in high school, but they disbanded when they went off to separate colleges. After reuniting for a live performance, they all decided to drop out of college to make AFI a full time thing.

Top 3 Tracks:
The Lost Souls
The Days of the Phoenix
Why You Should Listen To It:
This album is great for those days where you’re just pissed off and in a bad mood; when you just want to listen to something with screaming and good guitar riffs. It’s rough and loud and the best way to get yourself out of a funk, express some emotion, or even motivate you when you need a few hours to clean the disaster you call a room. It’s the kind of music that makes you feel better after you listen to it, like whatever you were dealing with is somehow OK now. So if that’s what you need, and we all have days when that’s exactly what we need, AFI’s ‘The Art of Drowning’ is the perfect prescription.
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