It's hard to be the lead singer in a hardcore punk band with a name like David Marchand. How pedestrian. Luckily, when Marchand and some high school buddies began AFI (A Fire Inside) 19 years ago, he adopted the clenched-fists stage name Davey Havok. Now, after a complete genre change and innumerable fey haircuts, AFI's "horror punk" is more successful than ever.
Though the band was on various punk comps back in the day (Cinema Beer Nuts) they didn't reach mainstream success until 2003 with Sing the Sorrow. That album went platinum, selling more than a million copies. Then, in 2006, the glam-diculous single "Miss Murder" off Decemberunderground crested at No. 1 on the Billboard modern rock charts. On Sunday, Jan. 17, and Monday, Jan. 18, AFI will sashay their chart-topping, eye-liner-wearing selves into Boise for two performances.
Sunday, Jan. 17, 5 p.m., FREE in-store, Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010, therecordexchange.com. Monday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $24, Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.