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AFI Just Shamed Their Former Bassist For Allegedly Ripping Them Off

Written by Emmy Mack on August 4, 2017

AFI have unleashed the fire inside with a strongly-worded statement levelled at their former bassist Geoff Kresge, who they’ve accused of dodgy dealings.

In a Facebook post today, the alt-rock legends slammed their ex-slapper for allegedly selling unauthorised reissues of their previously-limited edition records and keeping all the profits for himself.

“While we remain proud of every era of our 26 year existence, and certainly do not begrudge Geoff feeling reflective towards the four years he spent with us before he quit, we are confused why he has taken it upon himself to assume control of the shared Key Lime Pie label and release these records without notifying or consulting us,” the band writes.

Just as a bit of background for the non-diehards — Kresge founded Key Lime Pie back in 1992 and AFI released three extremely limited edition releases on the label: Dork, Behind The Times and Eddie Picnic’s All Wet.

“We had always loved the fact that these releases were special limited edition items, pieces of history that we wanted to keep rare,” AFI’s statement continues.

“Geoff has begun accepting pre-orders of the Dork EP and is including on it an unreleased song which he wrote no part of, without getting permission from the co-owners and songwriters.

“Geoff has never paid anyone in the band… their share of the proceeds of these sales, despite our repeated requests that he do the right thing and pay our shares.”

The band end their statement with a well-reasoned tongue-lashing: “While we do feel for what we can only assume is Geoff’s financial need, it simply is not fair for one person – a person who left the band willingly in 1996 – to benefit to the exclusion of the other owners of these recordings and writers of the songs.

“As fans, of course, we support your right to buy as you please, but we wanted you to know that we do not support these sales.”

Dick move, Geoff. Mess with A Fire Inside and you’ll probably get burned.

In happier news, Aussie AFI fans can catch the band touring Australia this September off their freshly released self-titled (AKA ‘Blood’) album.

Read their full statement about Geoff Kresge, below.

AFI Statement (Via Facebook)

Our former bass player, Geoff Kresge, is selling reissues of original AFI recordings. While we remain proud of every era of our 26 year existence, and certainly do not begrudge Geoff feeling reflective towards the four years he spent with us before he quit, we are confused why he has taken it upon himself to assume control of the shared Key Lime Pie label and release these records without notifying or consulting us. We had always loved the fact that these releases were special limited edition items, pieces of history that we wanted to keep rare. Geoff has begun accepting pre-orders of the Dork EP and is including on it an unreleased song which he wrote no part of, without getting permission from the co-owners and songwriters. Geoff has never paid anyone in the band, including Mark Stopholese, their share of the proceeds of these sales, despite our repeated requests that he do the right thing and pay our shares. While we do feel for what we can only assume is Geoff’s financial need, it simply is not fair for one person – a person who left the band willingly in 1996 – to benefit to the exclusion of the other owners of these recordings and writers of the songs. As fans, of course, we support your right to buy as you please, but we wanted you to know that we do not support these sales.

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