Hunter Burgan

Personal Life and Career

Hunter Lawrence Burgan (born on May 14, 1976 in Long Beach, California) grew up in Grass Valley, California. He is the third and current bass guitarist of AFI. He played in a band called The Force at the time that he joined AFI. He was meant to be a temporary replacement for the existing bassist, Geoff Kresge, for one record, Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes, but eventually became permanent bassist in November 1997 after touring with the band. The Force broke up in September 1998.

Burgan loves Prince’s music and even has his own side-project called Hunter Revenge dedicated to singing early-80s-style R&B. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Burgan can play drums, bass, guitar, saxophone and piano. He was the drummer and one of the founding members of The Frisk, who played their final show in December, 2005. He was the drummer of the Nevada City, CA band, Badical Turbo Radness (BTR) in the mid 1990s. He has also played drums for The Eyeliners, Gardening, Not Architecture, F-Minus (one show), and the Halo Friendlies on tour.

Hunter was featured on Tegan and Sara’s album The Con, playing bass on the songs written by Tegan. He recently appeared with them on Late Night with Conan O’Brien playing the shakers on the song “Back in Your Head”.

He is often referred to simply as Hunter, as his last name is never given in the list of band members on AFI’s albums.

He released a book, titled Success!?, which is available on his website. 

Notable Quotes

“I have two cell phones and I don’t feel weird about this. No disrespect to children in third world countries that only have one cell phone.”

“I have so many black T-shirts, Fruit of the Loom gave me my own private jet.”

“I love eskimos. They have 23 words for “sno-cone.”

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