June 4, 2022
Photo credit: Vanessa Heins

With ALEXISONFIRE revved up to headline the UK’s Slam Dunk North and South Festivals this week, the Canadian post-hardcore icons are also excited to announce headline shows in the UK and mainland Europe this autumn. Renowned for their dynamic, captivating live performances, the dates include a stop off at London’s O2 Academy Brixton and a Halloween show at the Palladium in Cologne. Tickets are on sale now.

Joining them as special guests will be British rock squad, BOSTON MANOR, with an additional band getting the party started each night yet to be announced.

“Something special happens when Alexisonfire gets together,” says AOF vocalist George Pettit. “When we’re all on stage playing in the pocket, we elevate and the audience comes with us. Can’t wait to play these shows!”

Alexisonfire EU/UK Tour

  • Fri 14th Oct – UK – CARDIFF Great Hall
  • Sun 16th Oct – UK – MANCHESTER Academy
  • Mon 17th Oct – UK – GLASGOW Barrowland
  • Wed 19th Oct – UK – LEEDS O2 Academy
  • Thu 20th Oct – UK – BRIGHTON Dome
  • Sat 22nd Oct – UK – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
  • Mon 24th Oct – BELGIUM – ANTWERP Trix
  • Wed 26th Oct – GERMANY – BERLIN Columbiahalle
  • Thu 27th Oct – GERMANY – MUNICH TonHalle
  • Sat 29th Oct – GERMANY – HAMBURG Zeltphilharmonie
  • Mon 31st Oct – GERMANY – COLOGNE Palladium
  • Tue 1st Nov – NETHERLANDS – UTRECT Tivoli

For a full list of global tour dates or to buy tickets, please visit the band’s official website

Most recently, ALEXISONFIRE unveiled Sans Soleil, the latest single from Otherness, their first full-length album in over 13 years, due out June 24th on Dine Alone Records. Fans can watch the band’s Dallas Green and Wade MacNeil discussing the track in more detail, alongside some in-studio clips. Otherness features 10 new songs including the explosive first single, Sweet Dreams Of Otherness and previously released Reverse The Curse. The album is produced by AOF and mixed by punk stalwart Jonah Falco (Fucked Up, Chubby and the Gang). Watch the video for Sweet Dreams Of Otherness directed by the inimitable actor/director Jay Baruchel (LOL: Last One Laughing CanadaGoonThis Is The EndRandom Acts of Violence) below.

Act quick to snap up the few remaining physical variants on pre-order. Each vinyl variant is 2×12” with a gatefold jacket and printed inner sleeves. 

Otherness

  1. Committed To The Con
  2. Sweet Dreams Of Otherness
  3. Sans Soleil
  4. Conditional Love
  5. Blue Spade
  6. Dark Night Of The Soul
  7. Mistaken Information
  8. Survivor’s Guilt
  9. Reverse The Curse
  10. World Stops Turning

A continuous thread through the fabric of Alexisonfire is the state of otherness. Otherness drew us all to spaces where a band like this could be formed. We attract the type of individuals that have all felt the sensation of being strange or unique. Perceived or otherwise, otherness has followed us through childhood, adolescence, and into our adult lives. It drives our tastes and proclivities. It bonds us with ourselves and others. And make no mistake, even at our most domestic and mundane moments, we are true outliers.” – – Otherness mission statement

Otherness is the band’s most cohesive and self-actualised record to date. For those who need a refresher, AOF released four hugely successful studio albums, all Music Canada Platinum-certified: Alexisonfire (2002), Watch Out (2004), Crisis (2006), and Old Crows / Young Cardinals (2009). Crisis debuted at #1 on the Top 200 Soundscan (Canada), and Old Crows / Young Cardinals debuted at #2, and charted at #9 on the US Billboard Independent Album chart. ​​The number of albums made outside of Alexisonfire by different band members over the years – including City and Colour, Dead Tired, You+Me (with pop icon P!nk), Dooms Children, and Billy Talent – could fill several record store racks.

The mix of classic Alexisonfire and newfound textures of Sweet Dreams Of Otherness became a roadmap for the rest of the record. Dallas Green’s engaging croon; the urgent attitude of Wade MacNeil; the heavy bellow of George Pettit; all anchored by a mix of vulnerability, confidence, iconoclasm, and celebratory recklessness. As every Alexisonfire song persistently expands and contracts, bassist Chris Steele and drummer Jordan Hastings remain impossibly tight, locked into unrelenting swinging grooves.

“As much as we love playing the old songs, we don’t want to be a nostalgia act. The only reason to come back is if we feel we still have something to say,” Pettit insists. “We spent so much time on the road thinking that if we stopped, people would lose interest. But when we went away, it only got bigger. We all carved new paths for ourselves, so coming back to Alexisonfire is a purely enjoyable creative venture. Something special happens when we get in a room together.” 


ALEXISONFIRE online:

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