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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; and as with the original act, you know that some people are going to be fascinated, some will be in awe, and some will consider the whole 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 ...read more

When a band names themselves after the world's only lactating contortionist, you know you are in for something different; and as with the original act, you know that some people are going to be fascinated, some will be in awe, and some will consider the whole 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 not only impressed the critics with their sour/sweet approach to performance and writing, but are recognized for their stellarmusicianship, and the palpably pent-up tightness of the band live. This is music for both sides of your brain. In your left ear, the poignant and melodic vocals of Dallas, injected with the devilishly sweet phrasings of the axe-wielding Wade, speak of impulse and introspection. In your right ear, George offers the testimony of the tortured soul, syncopated power-scream vocals that energize and counterparts -- a couple of cartoon-character angels and devils sitting on your shoulders, offering 2 very different 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 seem to have told 2 friends, who told 2 friends, and so on. During the year that followed the release of their self-titled 2002 debut album, the band has shot into the mainstream media like a streaker at an All-Star game: 4 videos reach Heavy rotation on MuchMusic (the first hardcore artist to ever chart at #1 on Powershift); a US deal with Equal Vision (cred-worthy home of Coheed & 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); an MMVA 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 of two 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, and capable of equal amounts of sarcasm and self-deprecation. They rock the MuchOnDemand studios like it's a sweaty all-ages venue in St. Catharines, which in turn is rocked like they did when AOF germinated in the basements and rec-rooms of their now-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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LPs
Old Crows / Young Cardinals
2009

3.3
995 Votes
Crisis
2006

3.8
1,597 Votes
Watch Out!
2004

4
1,419 Votes
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2002

3.8
1,150 Votes
EPs
Death Letter
12/04/2012

3.2
53 Votes
Dog's Blood
2010

3.5
284 Votes
Math Sheet Demos
2002

2.8
35 Votes
Live Albums
Live At Birmingham Academy
2007

3.7
13 Votes
Live At Brixton Academy
2007

3.2
7 Votes
Live At Manchester Academy
2007

3.6
12 Votes

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