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Website: http://www.theonlybandever.com
Category: Music

George Pettit - vocals
Dallas Green - guitar, vocals
Wade MacNeil - guitar, vocals
Chris Steele - bass
Jordan Hastings - drums

Hometown: St. Catherines, ON

Despite popular belief from some individuals, not helped by the band spelling their name as one word, the band is called "Alexis On Fire" not "Alex Is On Fire".

When a band names themselves after the world�s only lactating contortionist stripper, 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, the point.

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 stellar musicianship, 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 counterpoint -- 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: 3 videos reach the top 5 on MuchMusic (the first �hardcore� artist to everchart at #1), a US deal with Equal Vision (cred-worthy home of Coheed & Cambria), a sponsorship with Blink-182�s clothing startup Atticus, an MMVA nomination for the �Pulmonary Archery� video, a Best Video Award for �Pulmonary Archery� at The Indies (Canadian Independent Music Awards) , and the everlasting status as the posterboys for hardcore crossover appeal. 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 guileless, 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. Catherines, 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 pop melody; 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. Their long-awaited sophomore album, Watch Out!, hits streets June 29th on Equal Vision and is loaded with everything the kids love about them: power, emotion and humor. Resistance is futile.



Alexisonfire (January 1, 2003)
Watch Out (June 1, 2004)
Crisis (August 22, 2006)

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