AFI enter their too-big-to-fail phase with the kind of glum alt-rock tailor-made for the end credits of action movies. "17 Crimes" and "Greater Than 84" survive with the band's flair for camp still intact. Others drown in pools of eyeliner. Flamboyant, serious, plagued by problems he never gets too specific about, Davey Havok invents a role part Morrissey, part Bret Michaels – hair-metal pinup for the Hot Topic era.
From The Archives Issue 1195: November 7, 2013