You know AFI, aka A Fire Inside, the goth-punk rock band probably most known for its 2006 hit ‘Miss Murder‘. Thursday the band launched its first web series, In Tranmission, a making-of documentary for the band eighth studio album, Crash Love. The weekly series is an exclusive on music social media network Buzznet.
It’s not quite Wilco’s I Am Trying to Break Your Heart—the true benchmark of rock album chronicling. And unless you’re already a fan of AFI, it’s not likely you’ll be checking back weekly on this one. The opening episodes drag on with talking head shots of the band members—Adam Carson, Jade Puget, Hunter Burgan, and Davey Havok—explaining why “Torch Song” was picked to open the album. Though touted as “a rare and comprehensive look at the inner workings of a band that is normally shrouded in mystery,” it’s strikingly without any actual music in the two 5-minute episodes so far.
With their loyal built-in fanbases, and recurring cast of colorful characters, rock bands make perfect subjects for web series. Smaller labels like Dangerbird Records have been dabbling this year with web series for its bands, like Sea Wolf’s White Water, White Bloom series. For that series, the band crafted a much more stylized narration of the album’s origins.