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Alexisonfire No More

[audio:http://dreamlandapparel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/01.-Accidents.mp3|titles=Accidents]Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard by now that great Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire has broken up. After 10 strong years, the band from St. Catharines, Ontario has decided to call it quits.

Now I know this isn’t my normal blogging turf, but I thought it was my duty to shed a light on a band that used to be underground, but became huge because of the growing support.

According to the Alexisonfire website, Dallas Green (singer/guitarist/songwriter) informed the band he would be leaving after their last record Old Crows/Young Cardinals. With the growing success of solo project City and Colour and touring with Alexis, Green found it hard to balance both and decided to choose the former. The rest of the band began a search for a replacement, but there really is no way to replace a man with an angelic voice and soulful lyrics. And then, the final nail in the coffin was when singer/guitarist Wade MacNeil decided to leave to join another band. Alexisonfire was no more.

However, this is not a time for crying and being depressed about the breakup, this is a time to reflect on the band’s success. Over 10 years, they released 4 studio albums including the self-titled debut, Watch Out and Crisis.

[audio:http://dreamlandapparel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/06.-No-Transitory1.mp3|titles=No Transitory]

When I first heard Alexisonfire, I will admit I wasn’t a huge fan. But eventually, after I heard No Transitory on the radio, Dallas Green’s voice called out to me. “Imagine if we lived under the weather, we would never be found, never discovered.” It baffled me how a man with such a powerful voice, could have a spot in a “screamo” band. With more listening, I began to love George Pettit’s screaming because of how much emotion and angst was hidden in his voice.

If there’s one thing you can learn from Alexisonfire, whether you like them or not, they are a perfect example of how a band can go from being unknown to being one of the biggest bands in Canadian music in just a few years. So please, go out and support these kinds of bands in the Canadian music scene because you never know when you could be watching the next Alexisonfire.

Thank you Alexis for making some incredible and inspiring music that has made way for more acts to follow in your footsteps. I am one of your many fans who are praying for a farewell tour. I leave you with this.


  • Anonymous

    This band played a huge role in my life during high school. It’s sad to see such an iconic Canadian band on the splits. But good music never dies.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Hancock/510667721 Ryan Hancock

      Same man! I honestly hated anything remotely related to “screamo” for so long, and that’s what scared me away from Alexis. But once I got into them, you realize how powerful some of the lyrics are. The first verse of Accidents is just incredible. Gah, I love these guys!

      • Anonymous

        No Transitory defined me, I would listen to that song on repeat. 

  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t ever a big fan of the group, but I did like their latest album the most as Dallas had such a great presence on the lead single. Glad you included “This Could be Anywhere in the World,” as I believe it’s their best song. 

    I don’t know how this isn’t your blogging territory, you seemed to cover it well kid.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Hancock/510667721 Ryan Hancock

      Thanks man! Yeah I think This Could Be Anywhere in the World is their best track for sure, and I agree with you on Dallas’ presence on the last album. He seemed to dominate almost every song.

      And I just wasn’t sure if I should write about Alexis because I usually only cover the undiscovered bands, not one that’s been together for 10 years. But I enjoyed doing it nonetheless.

  • Chris Elliott

    I gotta agree with Godfrey on this one pal. I hate this band. That said, great piece and I liked how you payed homage to a favorite of yours. Good on ya partner. And don’t be shy to write about literally EVERYTHING and ANYTHING you want to. You’ve got the gift dude. Use it! :)  

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Hancock/510667721 Ryan Hancock

      Thanks man! I’ll try!

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