Ugh, sorry, I'm still kind of in isolation mode (recently came out of it for the last NYC HIM show and now back to the library), but, yeah, I think he's exploring a different side to his artistic aesthetic.
I'm actually excited that it's about Alvin. I really liked his character in Pop Kids.
@Alina ummm, let's not talk about how we can compare this to people we know. LOL. I swear, as hyperbolic as Pop Kids is and as absurd as it can get, it has A LOT of truth to it. I think the reason it doesn't resonate with most of his fans is because they don't allow themselves to go into those circles and see that world. Unfortunately, I've had to experience the rather drugged up, too much money and too much time and malfeasant parents society, so it's rather cathartic to read the book.
Anyway, I liked it for the scathing social commentary it is, and it's going to be interesting to see how Davey grapples this new aspect of D Celebrity culture.
In regards to Davey's lyrical writing compared to his novel writing, speaking from personal experience, it's rather difficult to carry a story with a style similar to the style of AFI lyrics (I will argue, though, that AFI lyrics are more streamlined on The Blood than they ever were and are becoming more efficient). That kind of style rarely lends itself to a character/plot driven story and is more apt for short novellas dealing with esoteric and ephemeral subjects, ie. stuff that sounds pretty but has very little meaning to it. That's actually out of fashion in the publishing world, and for good reason: it wasn't grappling with new ideas, it wasn't pushing commentary. It was just existing. So while Davey's beautiful lyrics suit songs, that kind of writing would actually muddle up novel writing and make it not only unapproachable but also lacking in meaning.
If he wanted to do a new twist on the gothic traditions, he could, but I feel like that's fans projecting their old perception of STS Davey onto who he is now (again, not a problem; it's just something I've been thinking about lately in my ample free time). It might actually be a regression for him.
Granted, this is all conjecture, but he seemed rather proud of this forthcoming book when I met him briefly back in June. I think the biggest hurdle he has to face is getting people to look past the "Davey of AFI" image and just see him as "Davey the writer," because Davey the writer is much more like a William Burroughs meets film noir than he is "Davey of AFI."