AFI’s Jade Puget: "I do a lot of effects in-the-box, because there are infinite things you can do – you can create unique tones that have never been done before"

Jade Puget from A Fire Inside (also initialized as AFI) performing at a sold out show in Toronto.
(Image credit: Angel Marchini/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

AFI have gone through a groundswell of stylistic shifts since first forming in Ukiah, CA some 30 years ago. But whether pivoting from melodically charged East Bay hardcore, to Misfits-worshipping horror punk, to the high-sheen post-punk anthems of their just-released 11th album, Bodies, the group have managed to sound completely in their element.

Part of the cohesion naturally rests on the identifiable – if evolved – powerhouse crooning of founding vocalist Davey Havok. On Bodies, in particular, part of this may also come down to guitarist/producer Jade Puget’s paradoxical penchant for subtly maximalist guitar arrangements.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.