Alexisonfire are usually filed under the post hardcore section, but they describe their sound as two Catholic high school girls in a mid knife fight. This is mainly due to their very unique sound and arrangements with the two vocalists Wade MacNeil (who also plays guitar) and George Pettit. MacNeil's vocals are very much like sweet punk rock, while Pettit does the screaming. They generally write their lyrics around this idea too, with a good versus evil kind of idea.
Other members of the band include Dallas Green on rhythm guitar and vocals, Chris Steele on bass and Jordan Hastings on percussion and drums. They hail from St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada (maybe this explains the Catholic reference.)
The band was formed in 2001 as the result of three bands splitting up. Pettit was the bass player for a tech metal band Condemning Salemn, Green the lead singer (and guitarist) for Helicon Blue, and Steel and MacNeil were playing in the punk rock band Plan 9. After these three band splits, these members decided they still wanted to do the music thing and so formed Alexisonfire. They got the name from a contortionist stripper called Alexis Fire. Borrowing her name did lead to a potential lawsuit, which never happened because she never registered her moniker. Alexisonfire did change their website name to theonlybandever.com.
2002 saw Alexisonfire release their first EP Math Street Demos. They managed to pique the interest of Greg Below and Mitch Joel, who were busy forming a record label called Distort Entertainment.
September 9, 2002, saw the band released the self titled album Alexisonfire, which was distributed by EMI. The band then embarked on tours into Canada, Europe and the States. Alexisonfire went gold in Canada (50 000+ album sales.)
Even though Alexisonfire were receiving a lot of attention from the bigger record companies, they decided to stay independent so they could keep their original sound and not have to endure the pressures of commercialisation. The second album, Watch Out!, was released through Distort Entertainment on June 29, 2004. It received some astounding success, especially as the band focused on 18 months of touring.
August 22, 2006, saw the band release Crises, their third studio album. All Music Guide considered the album their best to date. A performance on a boat in London (England) was held to celebrate the release, and a tour across Canada and then the USA ensued.
A new album is rumored for 2008, where Pettit said that they can't say which musical direction the band will take. He has been quoted as saying that he would like to put the knife into Screamo – not to save it, but to kill it. When it comes to Screamo, this can mean anything. Alexisonfire will no doubt continue to push the boundaries (or, more like, destroy them) with this musical genre, and – given their independent status – will continue to add huge value to music in the years to come.
On Alexisonfire's main website, the video "Rough Hands" directed by Marc Ricciardelli has been nominated for "Favorite Video of the Year" at this year's Indie Awards.
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