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AFI Biography

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Birth Place: Ukiah, California, United States
Years Active: 1991–present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Punk Rock, Post-hardcore, Horror Punk, Hardcore Punk

AFI (A Fire Inside) is an American alternative rock band from Ukiah, California that formed in 1991. Since 1998 the band members have included, lead vocalist Davey Havok, drummer and backup vocalist Adam Carson, bassist Hunter Burgan and guitarist Jade Puget. Of the current lineup, Havok and Carson are original members.

During AFI's 20 years as a band, they have released eight studio albums, 11 EPs, two live albums and one DVD. It was not until the band's fifth album 2000’s “The Art of Drowning” that the band achieved measurable commercial success. The album peaked at #174 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and it also peaked at #9 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.

The band enjoyed its greatest commercial success 12 years after it formed, in 2003, when “Sing the Sorrow” reached #5 on the Billboard 200, and remained on the chart for 51 weeks. The album was supported by popular singles “Girl's Not Grey” and “Silver and Cold,” both of which peaked at #7 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart in 2003. “The Leaving Song Pt. II” was also released as a single, reaching #16 on the chart. It went onto receive Platinum certification in the US, having sold over 1.2 million copies as of September 2009.

The band returned in 2006 with “Decemberunderground,” which featured the hit single “Miss Murder” The album went to #1 on the Billboard 200 and the single reached #1 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album also featured “Love Like Winter,” which attained #4on the Modern Rock chart. AFI's eighth studio album “Crash Love” was released in 2009, peaking at #12 on the Billboard 200.