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Alexisonfire

When a band names themselves after the world's only lactating contortionist, you know you are in for something different; andas with the original act, you know that some people are going to be fascinated, some will be in awe, and some will consider thewhole lot to be a complete and utter waste of time. This is a band of extremes: screaming and pleading, ugly and beautiful,poetic and obscene, obvious and sublime. You can think of them however you want. That is after all, thepoint.

Alexisonfire rose up out of the Southern Ontario underground in late 2001 like some monstrous and ut ...read more

When a band names themselves after the world's only lactating contortionist, you know you are in for something different; andas with the original act, you know that some people are going to be fascinated, some will be in awe, and some will consider thewhole lot to be a complete and utter waste of time. This is a band of extremes: screaming and pleading, ugly and beautiful,poetic and obscene, obvious and sublime. You can think of them however you want. That is after all, thepoint.

Alexisonfire rose up out of the Southern Ontario underground in late 2001 like some monstrous and utterly captivating car-accident-in-progress. Hitting the ground with an immediate full head of steam, Dallas, Wade, George, Jesse and Chris have notonly impressed the critics with their sour/sweet approach to performance and writing, but are recognized for theirstellarmusicianship, and the palpably pent-up tightness of the band live. This is music for both sides of your brain. In your leftear, the poignant and melodic vocals of Dallas, injected with the devilishly sweet phrasings of the axe-wielding Wade, speak ofimpulse and introspection. In your right ear, George offers the testimony of the tortured soul, syncopated power-scream vocalsthat energize and counterparts -- a couple of cartoon-character angels and devils sitting on your shoulders, offering 2 verydifferent interpretations of the same musical message.

Alexisonfire knows that the fans aren't stupid. The fans know the real deal when they see it, and in the case of AOF, they seemto have told 2 friends, who told 2 friends, and so on. During the year that followed the release of their self-titled 2002 debutalbum, the band has shot into the mainstream media like a streaker at an All-Star game: 4 videos reach Heavy rotation onMuchMusic (the first hardcore artist to ever chart at #1 on Powershift); a US deal with Equal Vision (cred-worthy home ofCoheed & Cambria); a sponsorship with Blink-182's clothing start-up Atticus; an MMVA nomination for the their first video"Pulmonary Archery"; a Best Video Award for "Pulmonary Archery" at The Indies (Canadian Independent Music Awards); anMMVA award for "Counterparts and Number Them" and the everlasting status as the posterboys for hardcore crossover appeal."Watch Out" debuted at a sizzling #6 on the Top 200 Soundscan chart, the second highest debut that week. Twelve weeks later,the St. Catharines natives officially attained Gold Record certification in Canada. This may all sound like SOP for an up-and-coming rock ensemble, but wait a minute; this is HARDCORE music - often described by members of the band as "the sound oftwo Catholic high-school girls in mid-knife-fight". This hasn't happened before.

Nobody is more aware of this fact than the boys in Alexisonfire. Taking it all in stride, they remain guile-less, affable, andcapable of equal amounts of sarcasm and self-deprecation. They rock the MuchOnDemand studios like it's a sweaty all-agesvenue in St. Catharines, which in turn is rocked like they did when AOF germinated in the basements and rec-rooms of theirnow-proud but baffled parents not so long ago. Their songs scream of intellectual fury basted with ladlefuls of vocal popmelody;it's a bipolar magnet, and if you stop and listen, or God forbid, see a live show, it'll all oddly start to make sense.

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2007

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2007

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2007

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