Alexisonfire Announce Festival-based Reunion Tour

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Canadian post-hardcore legends Alexisonfire—the band named after the world’s foremost, and only, lactating contortionist pornstar—are getting back together for a reunion tour of sorts. After much ado and buildup, the group made the announcement via Facebook earlier today.

Alexisonfire officially broke up in late 2012, after a brief reunion tour—however, they had been on hiatus since 2011, following the departures of two members and the fomentation of tensions within the band. Guitarist and lead “clean” vocalist Dallas Green left to focus full-time on his increasingly popular solo project, City and Colour, while Wade MacNeil, the band’s other guitarist and clean vocalist, left the outfit to join British hardcore-punk rockers Gallows.

While City and Colour has experienced a wealth of success and Dallas Green has, himself, gone on to collaborate with high-profile pop artists like Pink, none of the other members’ efforts seemed to pan out following the splintering of Alexisonfire. Screamer George Petit was, at one point, active with the band Bergenfield Four, and drummer Jordan Hastings played intermittently with a hardcore punk band called Cunter, which featured members of fellow Canadian band Moneen.

Alexisonfire had been one of Canada’s most popular alternative/screamo/post-hardcore acts. Furthermore, the band had been one of the most influential and seminal outfits in the alternative scene, informing the music of pretty much every post-hardcore band active today, especially those which feature a “clean” singer in juxtaposition with a screamer. Prior to their breakup, the band played a free, all-ages show at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The show had to be canceled after the band had performed for only 10 seconds because the overly enthusiastic crowd rushed toward the stage, trampling people and dismantling protective barriers.

On March 6th, the band posted a photo to a brand new Instagram account promising an announcement to be made on the 9th. Consequently, the Internet found itself rampant with speculation, and the consensus seemed to point to some type of reunion.

Despite the slew of dates announced, however, Alexisonfire seem to be showing little love for the US. The band’s upcoming tour dates include appearances at major festivals across the English-speaking world, such as Heavy MONTRÉAL, the Reading and Leeds Festivals (in the UK), Sonic Boom (Vancouver), X-Fest (Calgary), and Riot Fest Toronto. The sole US date mentioned by the band’s announcement remains, at present, “TBA.”

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