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Alexisonfire split

Post-hardcore act Alexisonfire has called it a day, with vocalist George Pettit posting a statement on their official site to announce that “There is no good way to put it so I’m just going to say it. After 10 years, Alexisonfire has decided to part ways.”

Although Pettit says the break up was “not really amicable” he admits that it is “probably necessary” with Dallas Green leaving to focus on City and Colour and guitarist Wade MacNeil deciding to also focus on a new project.

The band plans to commemorate their 10th anniversary with a final series of releases and one last run of Canadian headline shows.

Alexisonfire’s official statement:

There is no good way to put it so I’m just going to say it. After 10 years, Alexisonfire has decided to part ways. I’m going to try to give you the facts about this as best as I can.



Almost a year ago, Dallas informed us he would be leaving after we finished our Old Crows/Young Cardinals tour cycle. Trying to balance his life between touring with us and at the same time quelling the success of City and Colour was a task too difficult to continue managing. He informed us he wanted to focus his efforts on City and Colour.



Under the knowledge Dallas was leaving, we completed the Dogs Blood EP and toured Europe, Australia and Canada. Our last show in St. Catharines, Ontario on December 19, 2010 was poised to be the last ever Alexisonfire concert with a line-up as we knew it. In the meantime, the rest of us discussed the future of the band. After much deliberation, we decided to continue and attempt the difficult task of replacing Dallas, but time got the best of us. Over the last six months we all dealt with a litany of personal issues, which pulled us further and further from Alexisonfire.



In addition to that, Wade was recently asked to join another band and he felt it was an opportunity he would like to pursue.



Replacing one guitar player/singer/writer was something we thought was possible, but replacing two would run the serious risk of perverting the legacy of what we had achieved. So we all took a good hard swallow and decided to end it so it would never get old and ugly.



Was the break up amicable? Not really. Was it necessary? Probably. Regardless, the members of this band are my family and I wish them nothing but good fortune.



As for myself, Jordan and Christopher, the future is largely unwritten. I would say this is my retirement from the business of playing music but that feels too much like famous last words. Keep your ear to the ground. There could be any number of possibilities for new projects from the remaining members of Alexis.



We have talked about doing several special releases around our 10-year anniversary and also doing a final run of shows in Canada as a farewell tour. Everything is still in the planning stages. We will release details as soon as they come to us.



In closing I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to the fans of Alexisonfire around the world. I’m forever grateful to anyone who has ever taken any interest in what we did. You were the coal that stoked our engines. You have given us a spectacular decade, rich with experience and joy. I love you all.



Take solace in the fact that you live in one of the most exciting musical eras. Try to support some of your local independent artists in the same way that you supported us. A life of musical exploration is a rich and fulfilling one.




Love



george

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redman300_bulldogs

redman300_bulldogs said on the 6th Aug, 2011

Terrible news :(

http://exclaim.ca/News/alexisonfire_call_it_quits

shazie

shazie said on the 6th Aug, 2011

Noooo!

So grateful I saw them though

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 6th Aug, 2011

a very big loss to the canadian music scene.

01seb

01seb said on the 6th Aug, 2011

Ah shit, I really wish I would've seen them live on their last tour here

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 6th Aug, 2011



Joke's been made, wasn't funny to begin with seeing as it's pronounced Alexis-on-fire.

Great band.

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 6th Aug, 2011

I've never received such withering looks as the time I was doing work experience at a record store and while doing some filing I called them Alex Is On Fire.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 6th Aug, 2011

considering i haven't heard a single song of theirs ever, and now they've split up, how to pronounce their name isn't really high on my list of priorities.

or on the list at all .

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 7th Aug, 2011

Yet you were compelled to comment? The plot thickens.

therat

therat said on the 7th Aug, 2011

Guttered, can't say I've liked them from the start of their career but I thought Old Crows/Young Cardinals was a brilliant album and was looking forward to seeing where they went after that.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 7th Aug, 2011



of course I was, they have a funny name, and wanted the lolz.

Quicky

Quicky said on the 7th Aug, 2011

A bit devastating. I would have loved to have seen them live :(

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 7th Aug, 2011



Maximillian Billion knows the score.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 7th Aug, 2011

City and Colour seems destined to bore everyone but the masses, the writing was on the wall. They call it quits at a good time. OC/YC wasn't a bad release but easily their worst, no dud releases to grace the catalog.
I can't wait to see what projects George and Wade throw themselves behind.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 7th Aug, 2011

I liked Alexisonfire.

I don't like City and Colour.

Bugger.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 7th Aug, 2011

Really don't get the C&C hate on here.

I'm with Napoleon though, George and Wade should move onto some interesting projects. Wade was great in Black Lungs.

therat

therat said on the 8th Aug, 2011

It's pretty simple MAB, they're well known by a wide range of people and have been played on radio. Clearly not hipster enough.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 8th Aug, 2011

City n Colour is gay cuz u cant mosh 2 it.

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 8th Aug, 2011



Or all about the Louise, in Sky News' words. Which, knowing gregg, makes much more sense

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 8th Aug, 2011

Crafter is posting on facebook that Wade is the new singer for Gallows...

And a few google searches seems to confirm this. Not quite sure what I think about this...

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 8th Aug, 2011

I'll believe it when I see it.

Also, LOL that you have Crafter on Facebook.

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 8th Aug, 2011

Steven Tyler is the new singer for Gallows.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 8th Aug, 2011



He's not, but he is judging the people trying out.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 8th Aug, 2011

It should be Randy Jackson.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 8th Aug, 2011

This guy is br00tal punx. It should be him.

http://celebrityphotos.sheknows.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/american-idol-winner-kris-allen-american-idol-after-party.jpg

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 8th Aug, 2011

Yes, anyways...

New Gallows singer announced August 9th, so all shall be revealed. Here's an article on it fit for Crizz - http://www.nme.com/news/gallows/58447

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 8th Aug, 2011

B'gosh, that's tomorrow! Guess we'll see.

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 8th Aug, 2011

If there is any truth to that article then please let it be the younger Carter. I don't know anything about him nor have I ever heard him sing, but fuck, if he's related to Frank he must be an absolute rager.

Demosthenes

Demosthenes said on the 8th Aug, 2011



Still have godspeed. it's ok.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 8th Aug, 2011



Where have you been? City and Colour is almost a Hipster god.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 8th Aug, 2011



This is probably your first exposure to any other bands in the Canadian music scene.

Hell, this is probably your first exposure to any other bands.

Demosthenes

Demosthenes said on the 8th Aug, 2011

This is probably your first exposure to any other bands in the Canadian music scene.

Hell, this is probably your first exposure to any other bands.

I actually really enjoy Tegan and Sara, too.

/confession.

Shhh, don't tell and ruin my hipster underground cred.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 8th Aug, 2011

Two bands? You like TWO bands?

What the fuck have you become?

Demosthenes

Demosthenes said on the 8th Aug, 2011

I wouldn't go that far, i haven't travelled the globe to see T&S. It's just a mild flirtation. A summer thing, yano?

grattan

grattan said on the 8th Aug, 2011

bahahahaha

http://www.zhippo.com/KorpusHOSTED/images/gallery/medium/Dallas-Green_Tattoo.jpg

mooney88

mooney88 said on the 8th Aug, 2011

Not surprised at all. Had to be a tough call for Dallas as he is pretty much putting 3 of them out of a job.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 8th Aug, 2011



I imagine they'll all have new projects within six months.

tuonela

tuonela said on the 8th Aug, 2011

shattered...i think they had the potential for a few more great albums

therat

therat said on the 8th Aug, 2011




Being the feature album on triplej ruined that status some months ago.

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 8th Aug, 2011



the fact he sold 5000 tickets to his sydney shows didn't help.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 8th Aug, 2011



I really don't think "hipster" means what you think it means.

batdan

batdan said on the 8th Aug, 2011

That's a bit harsh. He is one of the greatest songwriters of someones generation.

bahahahaha

http://www.zhippo.com/KorpusHOSTED/images/gallery/medium/Dallas-Green_Tattoo.jpg

therat

therat said on the 8th Aug, 2011




Please enlighten me as to what I think hipster means :rolleyes:

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 8th Aug, 2011

Anyone who doesn't like A7X and BFMV, it seems.

themhumm

themhumm said on the 8th Aug, 2011

This will leave a big dent in the soundwave line up every year

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 9th Aug, 2011



I think you are on to something there.

therat

therat said on the 9th Aug, 2011

Makes for an interesting read http://mindequalsblown.net/2011/08/wade-macneil-to-be-gallows-new-singer/

That’s why I believe that Wade MacNeil is the new vocalist for Gallows.

Let’s look at the evidence:

1. As stated above, there aren’t a whole lot of bands with a larger audience than Alexisonfire. I don’t believe Wade would leave to go backwards and join some small-time act. Gallows is a band with a huge, international following that has garnered major acclaim the past few years.

2. MacNeil’s solo project Black Lungs has opened for Gallows, including a secret show. There’s an obvious bond there, as secret shows are more friendly, thrown together shows. The two parties obviously know each other, and Wade has stated on numerous occasions that Gallows is his favorite band.

My final and most important piece of circumstancial evidence:

3. Wade recently visited London, which he’s been tweeting about for the last week. During his trip, Gallows had multiple tweets about new songs they were working on. He arrived home in Canada on August 1. Only 5 days after Wade came home, Alexisonfire announced that they were disbanding.

mooney88

mooney88 said on the 9th Aug, 2011

Seems like a very odd fit.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 9th Aug, 2011

Like I've said, I'll believe it when I see it.

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 9th Aug, 2011

haven't been good since crisis tbqh.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 9th Aug, 2011

From my brief meetings with Wade he came across as a bit self involved. I don't believe that he would take up somebody elses baby.

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 9th Aug, 2011

dallas is a nice dude people need to stop hating so what if he's greedy.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 9th Aug, 2011

Dallas is a nice dude. He is as mellow as yellow and the nature of an Alexisonfire gig seemed queer in context with the way he is.

mooney88

mooney88 said on the 9th Aug, 2011

Just because he signed your hat one time does not mean you can pretend that you know him.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 9th Aug, 2011



Pretty sure they were intimate. and I think it was Catcher in the Rye or something he signed.

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 9th Aug, 2011

thought you were off the hardcore bandwagon and into shit like jane's addiction mr david.

kennsysmith

kennsysmith said on the 9th Aug, 2011

Wade confirmed as lead singer of Gallows

"After the boys decided they were going to keep going, my name kind of popped up, and they all thought it made sense. It didn’t overcomplicate itself. I talked to Steph [Carter, guitarist], and I said I was definitely interested. He pretty much said, 'Okay, let’s do it,' and I got on a plane and we’re writing right now"


http://static.nme.com/images/gallery/BlackLungsWadePR210411.jpg

dream_brother

dream_brother said on the 18th Aug, 2011



His younger brother was in the band Blackhole that released one album called Dead Hearts. It's fucking good. Give it a listen.