“I miss having to wonder about any aspect of an artist’s life. This was a luxury we don’t have anymore. Whether it’s the people surrounding them revealing things about their process or their personal lives - or the artist themselves going on twitter and telling you what they’re doing in the middle of the night with their girlfriend’s - it’s like, ‘Wow, um…I really liked you better before you told me that. I really would like to go back to imagining the person that I was imagining’.”—Davey Havok (2009 Alternative Press)
“It’s not that everything needs to have substance, but when nothing does then you know we’re living in a bankrupt society, an artistically bankrupt society, and that’s not okay. I think there’s room for forms of entertainment that are very light and frivolous and fun, but when those forms of entertainment, forms of “art” if you will, become presented as something more than that, and are believed to be something more than that, then we’ve got a lot of problems.”—Davey Havok
who tells me the exact and accurate source of the chai and muffin quote. (“Old ladies come up to me all the time telling me to find God. Look, all I want to find is some chai and a good vegan muffin.”) I’m pretty sure the source exists somewhere on the internet (I think I’ve seen it?), but google…
Well I love a good hunt. This took longer to find than I’m willing to admit. For the vegan muffin quote, the article is called “Despairing with AFI” and was in the April 17, 2003 Rolling Stone. It seems like no one ever bothered to scan it because it was on Rollingstone.com but sometime in the past year or two it’s been deleted from their archives.
FOUND IT. Thank you! (I think I owe you at least half of a kidney now… send me your address if you really need it >_>)
With his dyed-black hair twisted up in chopsticks, Havok is a dead ringer for the Material Girl’s Asian-earth-mother incarnation — you wait for the flock of doves to fly out of his belly. But it takes a disapproving Madonna fan at a Dean and Deluca gourmet food store in New York to point out the similarity. “I’m relieved that’s all she wanted,” he says. “Usually, old ladies tell me to find Jesus. Look, I’m just trying tofind some chai and a good vegan muffin.” And that’s, decidedly, not punk rock.
who tells me the exact and accurate source of the chai and muffin quote. ("Old ladies come up to me all the time telling me to find God. Look, all I want to find is some chai and a good vegan muffin.") I’m pretty sure the source exists somewhere on the internet (I think I’ve seen it?), but google only helps me find fansites and other crap.
ON THAT NOTE,
"exact and accurate" sources for any other meaningful and/or genuinely humorous quotes (BY Havok or ABOUT* Havok) are very very welcome and appreciated.
/—/ The third line expresses the conviction that there is a future lightened by a fire. The image of fire, which is also part of the name of the band and suggests passion and a certain destructive nature, is here the symbol of a better world. “We ignite” can be understood as an intransitive or a transitive verb. /—/
/—/ This attitude embodies a pursuit of clarity and integrity while demanding a certain readiness to make sacrifices (cf. “Sacrifice Theory”). Many of his works show that Havok sees no other way to achieve peace of mind than by living a life coined by fight and sacrifice. /—/
— Sebastian Heinrichs, Poetic Features of Punk Rock Lyrics: An Analysis of Punk Rock Lyrics with Regard to the Punk Movement (2007)
He’s always been very outspoken against religion though, so I guess the cross is probably just a carry over from that. However… I think he should let it go now. I mean, I love them to death, but it’s just something that he’s made his stance on very clear and now he’s just flogging a dead horse.
I know, I know, and not “probably” but “obviously” — but I feel that an inverted cross is more up the alley of pseudo-Satanists rather than serious atheists. It’s just… a little silly? Okay, whatever, just my opinion.
I actually think he should flog that horse some more, and more directly. His opinions on things tend to be quite interesting, though I think we’ve heard enough about, say, veganism and teetotalling, and not enough about religion, from him.
[Random sidenote: I went to check whether Havok was listed in Wikipedia’s list of teetotallers. He is. Somewhere above Hitler and below Che Guevara.]
The AFI side project for Davey Havok and Jade Puget, Blaqk Audio will be touring Australia this March. The duo last released ‘CexCells‘ in 2007, and while they have had a new album ‘Bright Black Heaven‘ complete for a little while, there is no solid release information as yet, though it is expected at some stage this year. The duo will be touring as support for Evanescence around the country.
EVANESCENCE With Guests BLAQK AUDIO MARCH
23rd – Royal Theatre, Canberra [AA]
24th – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne [AA]
26th – Convention Centre, Brisbane [AA]
28th – Entertainment Centre, Newcastle [AA]
29th – Entertainment Centre, Sydney [AA]
—> Tickets on sale 9am, Thursday February 9th – $99 + Booking Fees
AFI just released “Silver and Cold,” the third single from Sing the Sorrow and the follow-up to “The Leaving Song Pt. 2”. /—/ AFI came up with the concept involving the band literally running around the city, and Hillcoat agreed to develop it.
"This one is more plot-driven," Puget said. "We’ve kind of covered the performance angle, so the ‘Silver and Cold’ video just tells a story. We did a little acting."
"Prague is very cold," singer Davey Havok chimed in.
"It’s also very beautiful," bassist Hunter added.
When their tour wraps in March, AFI will not work on the Electronic music side project Puget talked about in the fall. The guitarist said he was just thinking out loud and that he and Havok never considered recording something outside of AFI.
"It was just a little 10-minute interview in England, so I didn’t think it would ever reach anyone," he said, laughing.
Repeating because I can’t double-bold it: "and that he and Havok never considered recording something outside of AFI."
I’m now picturing a world without Blaqk Audio. *shudder*