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Alexisonfire
Alexisonfire
Background Information
Origin St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Genre Post-Hardcore[1][2][3]
Melodic Hardcore[4]
Screamo (early)[1][4]
Years active 2001–present
Label(s) Dine Alone
Distort
Vagrant
Equal Vision
Associated Acts City and Colour
Jersey
The Black Lungs
Fucked Up
Hunter
Bergenfield Four
Website http://www.theonlybandever.com/
Members
George Pettit
Dallas Green
Wade MacNeil
Chris Steele
Jordan "Ratbeard" Hastings
Former Members
Jesse Ingelevics

Alexisonfire (pronounced as "Alexis On Fire") is a five-piece post-hardcore band that formed in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada[5] in 2001. The band consists of George Pettit (vocals), Dallas Green (guitar, vocals), Wade MacNeil (guitar, vocals), Chris Steele (bass), and Jordan Hastings (drums).

The band describes their music as "the sound of two Catholic high-school girls in mid-knife-fight" (a reference to their song "A Dagger Through the Heart of St. Angeles", which was also the inspiration for their album cover art).[6] When the band came out of the underground like an "utterly captivating car-accident-in-progress" in late 2001, it was enough to impress critics[6] and attain a gold certification for their self-titled debut album.[7]

Aside from that, the band has released two more very successful albums: Watch Out! in 2004, and Crisis in 2006, both which have achieved platinum certification in Canada.[8][9] The band toured in support of Crisis, until December 2007. In December 2008 the band shared the title of their forthcoming album "Old Crows / Young Cardinals" during a show in Hamilton, Ontario.[10]

History Edit

Alexisonfire: 2001–2003Edit

Alexisonfire was formed in late 2001 as the result of a three-band break up. Pettit was playing bass in a tech-metal band called Condemning Salemn, Green was a lead singer and guitar player in Helicon Blue, and MacNeil and Steele played in a Pop-punk band called Plan 9. These bands broke up at the same time, and those remaining members still had the drive to play and succeed.[11] They got together, recruited drummer Jesse Ingelevics, and formed Alexisonfire.[12] The band's name was derived from Alexis Fire,[12] the world's only lactating contortionist stripper.[13] This caused problems when she discovered that they were using her website name as their band name, and she threatened to sue the band for copyright infringement.[14] However, it was discovered that the moniker was not registered, and no further action took place.[12] The band released its first EP, Math Sheet Demos in 2002, so named because the CD was wrapped in former drummer Jesse Ingelevics' math homework.[14] The group caught its first break when they caught the attention of recording engineer Greg Below and Montreal journalist Mitch Joel. The pair were setting up a record label called Distort Entertainment at the time, and coincidentally they were looking for artists. Below was working with EMI at the same time and he used this to record the band at the company's in-house studio and land them a co-publishing and distribution deal.[12]

On September 9, 2002, Alexisonfire was released, the cover art featuring two Catholic school girls engaged in a knife fight,[12] which goes in hand with the band's description of their music.[6] Although there was a distribution deal with EMI, the album's success was mostly attributed to word-of-mouth. The band proceeded to tour support their album, crossing Canada twice, and began stepping into the United States and European scenes, playing with Billy Talent, GWAR, The Juliana Theory, Godsmack, and Glassjaw. The band was starting to become more of a full-time job than a hobby.[12] In the end, Alexisonfire was certified gold in Canada, marking 50,000+ sales.[7]

Watch Out!: 2004–2005Edit

Main article: Watch Out!

Alexisonfire had attracted considerable attention from major record labels, due to the success of their self-titled debut. However, when they started considering making a second album, the band felt that, for artistic reasons, they should remain independent, as it would give them better chances of developing and deciding their direction. They would remain with Distort Entertainment, and instead of using a famous producer, they recorded the album with Julius Butty at his studio near Hamilton, Ontario.[12]

Watch Out! was released on June 29, 2004, and was immediately successful. It debuted at #6 on the Nielsen Soundscan Top 200, and received gold certification in Canada in twelve weeks.[6] The good critical reception came from the fact that the band was more focused from the eighteen months of touring, helping them harness more aggression, release more emotion, and fine-tune all the tracks. This lay in comparison to their debut album, which was mostly first drafts.[12]

"I think if you do it long enough, then you get better at it. You're on the road a lot and you just get better. Also, we had a great producer, Julius Butty. We learned what we like to play. We're no longer virgins to the studio. We're just not quite the band we were a long time ago." George Pettit - MusicEmissions.com interview[12]

While touring in support of the album with Johnny Truant and The Blood Roses in Glasgow, Scotland in October 2005, each member of all three bands had the word "Yeti" tattooed on themselves. On an episode of the MuchMusic program The New Music, Pettit and Green revealed that the inspiration for their "Yeti" tattoos came from the 1988 Gary Oldman film The Firm.

Crisis: 2006–2007Edit

Main article: Crisis (album)

On August 22, 2006 the band released their third studio album, Crisis,[15] which Allmusic considers their best to date.[16] The album was marked with a CD release party, where the band performed on a boat in London, England. In support of the album, the band toured across most of Canada with Every Time I Die, Cancer Bats and Attack in Black; the latter was signed to the band's independent label Distort Entertainment. Immediately following that was an American tour with Moneen, Cancer Bats, and A Change of Pace.[15]

In a recent interview, vocalist George Pettit stated that he was unaware of the direction that the band would head in for their next album, but that "The next record, I think, is us pretty much wanting to put the knife in screamo. I don't want to be the band that saves it, I want to be the band that kills it."

Though they were usually on tour with Anti-Flag, Norma Jean was their replacement for a short while, however Anti-Flag returned, alongside the bands Saosin, and The Bled. On their UK tour in November 2007, the band was supported by Saosin, The Ghost of a Thousand and Your Rigamortus.[17]

Old Crows / Young Cardinals: 2008–presentEdit

In July 2008, rumors were circulating about Alexisonfire on the verge of a breakup. Comments jokingly made by Wade MacNeil in an Australian interview on Triple J's short.fast.loud caused a stir with fans of the band.

"Since Dallas moved to Los Angeles we don't really talk anymore. So I don't know. We'll just have to wait and see. I don't want to say Alexisonfire is breaking up on your radio show. But ahhh..... I'm just going to say Alexisonfire is definitely breaking up." Wade MacNeil - triple j interview[18]

MacNeil's joke was later explained in a press release from Distort Entertainment and the band:

"What started as a couple of jokes to the media has definitely escalated into something bigger. We thought it would be time to send out a little press release to set the record straight. Alexisonfire IS NOT breaking up. We are currently writing new material for our next record and we are all deeply in love with each other.[19]

Alexisonfire revealed the title to their new album at a show in Hamilton, Ontario on December 20, 2008. The album, due for release in 2009, was called Young Cardinals at that point in time.[20] The band discussed the musical direction of the new album in an article:

"Fans have a chance to hear Alexisonfire on the boundary of a "new, weird" stuff. [...] Alexisonfire is really heavy and that's what we love about it. But I've got a bunch of new ideas that I think will fit with us that are a lot different. I kind of want to try and make these slower songs I've written seem really heavy atmospherically. [...] On our last album, I never would have thought to try that because the record was so aggressive, but I'm going to try and take us into some new, weird territories." London Free Press[21]

Alexisonfire began recording Old Crows / Young Cardinals (with slightly altered title) on February 1, 2009[22] and by March 1, 2009 the recording process was near completion; Only leads, overdubs, and vocals were left before mixing and mastering.[23] As of March 11, 2009 the studio blog confirmed 2 track titles: "Midnight Regulations" and "Emerald St."[24]

On March 31, 2009 it was confirmed that Alexisonfire signed to Dine Alone Records.[25] The band is confirmed to play Warped Tour 2009.

On April 20, 2009 Alexisonfire released their first song "Young Cardinals" from their forthcoming album. It was further announced that the album would be released on June 23, 2009.[26]

Side projectsEdit

The members of the band have many side projects:

City and ColourEdit

Main article: City and Colour

City and Colour is Dallas Green's highly successful folk side project, under which he has released two EPs Missing EP and The Death of Me; two studio albums, Sometimes and Bring Me Your Love; and a live album, Live; all under the label Dine Alone Records. The Alexisonfire song, "Where No One Knows", was originally (in part) a song by Dallas Green (as City and Colour), where lyrics from the song feature on the track "Sam Malone". Similarly, Dallas Green is said to have written "Side Walk When She Walks" as City and Colour before it was recorded by Alexisonfire. The name derives from Dallas Green's name, Dallas being a city, and Green being a colour. With this project, he has recorded collaborations with The Tragically Hip's Gordon Downie and Attack in Black. It has also won Dallas two Juno Awards for "New Artist of the Year" in 2007 and "Songwriter of the Year" in 2009.

The Black LungsEdit

Main article: The Black Lungs

The Black Lungs is a band formed by Wade MacNeil. Originally its members were George Pettit, Jordan "Ratbeard" Hastings and Sean McNabb of the now dissolved band Jersey. After playing a few shows the band dissolved leaving only Wade MacNeil. The Black Lungs became Wade MacNeil's solo project. Sammi Bogdanski, Wade's ex-girlfriend's sister, played the piano over Wade's vocals and guitar on Black Lung's debut Send Flowers. Wade released Send Flowers on May 20, 2008, with Dine Alone Records.

In early 2008, Wade announced he would be touring with Cancer Bats and A Textbook Tragedy. Liam from Cancer Bats playing drums, George from Alexisonfire on bass, and guitar tech Harris on keyboard while Wade tours. His tour was of eastern Canada, focusing mostly on Ontario and Quebec with a few stops in PEI, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Afterwards, Wade joined the Cancer Bats once more, touring all the way across Canada. Joining Wade again on Bass, George Pettit, on drums Pat Pengelly formerly of Bedouin Soundclash, and guitar tech Haris once again on Keyboard. Johnny Truant also toured with the Cancer Bats and the Black Lungs.

Bergenfield FourEdit

George Pettit played a show on September 1, 2006 in a band with members of Attack in Black, Keep It Up and Fucked Up. Named after the suicides in Bergenfield, N.J. the quartet has recently released their first 7" on LowDown Records.

Fucked UpEdit

George Pettit, from time to time, plays bass for the Toronto hardcore band Fucked Up. He and bandmate Dallas Green have also both contributed guest vocals on their first and second albums respectively.

HunterEdit

Drummer Jordan Hastings plays in the hardcore punk supergroup Hunter with friends from Moneen. The band was formed in early 2009 in Brampton, Ontario[27]. Hunter was played on Toronto's Edge on Punk-o-rama a day after Young Cardinals played for the first time on the same station.

MembersEdit

  • George Pettit – lead vocals (2001–present)
  • Dallas Green – vocals, rhythm guitar, piano (2001–present)
  • Wade MacNeil – lead guitar, vocals (2001–present)
  • Chris Steele – bass guitar (2001–present)
  • Jordan Hastings – drums, percussio] (2005–present)

Former membersEdit

  • Jesse Ingelevics – drums (2001–2005)

As of June 14, 2005, Alexisonfire made a statement on their website that Jesse Ingelevics would no longer be part of the band. The news story cited that the band and Ingelevics had slowly grown apart, and that he wanted to spend more time with his family and his fiancée. The song "Keep it on Wax" from the Crisis album, is said to be about the deteriorating relationship between Ingelevics and the band.

During 2008, Kenny Bridges of Moneen filled in on bass at certain live shows due to Steele's absence for unspecified reasons.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Event Won Nominated
2004 Canadian Independent Music Awards Best Video ("Pulmonary Archery")
CASBY Awards NXNE Favourite Indie Band
MuchMusic Video Awards VideoFACT ("Counterparts and Number Them") Best Independent Video ("Counterparts and Number Them")
2005 Juno Awards New Group Of The Year
MuchMusic Video Awards Best Independent Video ("Accidents")
Peoples' Choice Award – Favourite Canadian Group, MuchLOUD Best Rock Video ("Accidents")
SPIN.com Band of the Year Band of the Year in the "All-Ages" category
2006 CASBY Awards Favorite New Indie Release (Crisis)
2007 Juno Awards Group of the Year
MuchMusic Video Awards Best Cinematography ("This Could Be Anywhere in the World")
Peoples' Choice Award – Favourite Canadian Group, MuchLOUD Best Rock Video ("This Could Be Anywhere in the World")
2009 XM Verge Awards Artist Of The Year, Album Of The Year ("Old Crows/Young Cardinals")

DiscographyEdit

Main article: Alexisonfire discography
Date of release Title Record label (US) Record label (CAN) Certifications
September 9, 2002 Alexisonfire Equal Vision Distort Platinum (Canada)[7]
June 29, 2004 Watch Out! Equal Vision Distort Platinum (Canada)[8]
August 22, 2006 Crisis Vagrant Distort Platinum (Canada)[9]
June 23, 2009 Old Crows / Young Cardinals Vagrant Dine Alone - (-)


References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.aversion.com/bands/reviews.cfm?review=2736
  2. http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/5727/alexisonfire-crisis/
  3. http://www.leedsmusicscene.net/article/7179/
  4. 4.0 4.1 Alexisonfire Declare Screamo's Dead, Move on to Hitting Bears
  5. Ross, Mike. "Band is a scream", CANOE JAM!, April 30, 2004. Retrieved on July 17, 2007.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Dine Alone Records
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 CRIA Gold and Platinum Certifications for October 2005. Canadian Recording Industry Association (October 2005). Retrieved on September 22, 2007.
  8. 8.0 8.1 CRIA Gold and Platinum Certifications for April 2007. Canadian Recording Industry Association (April 2007). Retrieved on September 22, 2007.
  9. 9.0 9.1 CRIA Gold and Platinum Certifications for May 2007. Canadian Recording Industry Association (May 2007). Retrieved on September 22, 2007.
  10. allschools.de - hardcore / punk / indie / metal ezine
  11. TRUEPUNK.COM - Interview with punk band alexisonfire
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 12.8 Alexisonfire lyrics, music, biography, records, band, album, videos, CD, and the discography including Alexisonfire famous works
  13. MySpace.com - Alexisonfire - St. Catharines, CA - Hardcore / Rock / Indie - www.myspace.com/alexisonfire
  14. 14.0 14.1 Alexisonfire Exclusive Interview with George at Warped Tour 2006 for PunkTV.ca
  15. 15.0 15.1 Alexisonfire
  16. allmusic ((( Crisis > Overview )))
  17. Alexisonfire’s Concert Listing – Listen free at Last.fm
  18. triple j music news
  19. Facebook Pages App Update
  20. Alexisonfire Name New Album
  21. Alexisonfire back at Bend
  22. New Alexisonfire In 2009 CHARTattack. Retrieved on December 20, 2008.
  23. http://youngcardinals.blogspot.com
  24. http://youngcardinals.blogspot.com
  25. http://www.dinealonerecords.com/updates/view/323
  26. Alexisonfire Release Album Details
  27. "Who Is Hunter?". Noise Press. Retrieved 2009-04-11

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