Track Review: AFI, ‘Get Hurt’
Goth-rock vets AFI return with The Blood Album, their first LP since 2013. “Get Hurt” was the fourth and final pre-release single from the album.
It’s hard to believe that AFI has been around since the 1990s. Alas, it’s true. The Cali band returns after a four-year hiatus with The Blood Album. AFI have experienced minor success over the years, earning two platinum-certified albums. Four singles were released ahead of The Blood Album. “Get Hurt” the fourth and final pre-release single from The Blood Album.
“Get Hurt” features dark, rhythmic guitars. Notably, exceptional guitar work characterizes the chorus and bridge sections in particular. During the pre-chorus section, the band bestows the listener with harmonized vocals. The pre-chorus itself changes with each verse. Even so, both pre-choruses are written similarly:
“Follow me down the road / I’m promising I will be a good boy.”
The chorus is simple – nothing too deep:
“I can’t let you see, I can’t let you see / I can’t let you see me sleeping / I can’t let you see, I may have to leave / I can’t let you see me sleeping.”
Like previous single “Snow Cats,” there are some isolated moments that feel like they need a bit more punch. While there is no shame in frontman Davey Havok’s voice being the centerpiece, at times it does sound a bit too exposed.
All in all, “Get Hurt” gives AFI another respectable, enjoyable single ahead of The Blood Album.