The statement from AFI was unfortunate. Don’t they always say that the more people with access to their music the merrier? The statement seemed that their problem was that they were not getting paid, which is so lame. I mean, I do understand that they play music for a living, but it’s not that Geoff is going to be rich from these releases, and that they’re gonna lose a lot of money from that. Geoff is/was their friend, and hey, what’s the harm on letting your friend get a few bucks to support himself?
With the represses, a lot of fans will have access to long out print releases that go for ridiculous prices on eBay.
What would happen if the band decided to do the represses themselves? A large extent of the fan base would be okay with that, but we won’t know if Geoff and Mark will be paid their royalties. In the end, Geoff is the owner of KLP records, and whether the fan base likes it or not, he’s entitled to do as he pleases with the releases.
Now that the relation between Geoff and AFI is not at its highest, I hope that Geoff will put unreleased music out there.
Lastly, I don’t know if people at AFI News HQ are now paid by management, but they surely sold out in order to get free tickets and backstage passes for their shows. I can’t blame them though.