Alexisonfire Call It Quits

> Aug 05 2011

Alexisonfire Call It Quits
By Gabrielle DomanskiIt's been ten years since St. Catharines, ON's Alexisonfire emerged on the Canadian music scene, and today (August 5) marks their official departure from it. In a statement posted on the band's website, vocalist George Pettit revealed that the band members have decided to part ways after Dallas Green and Wade MacNeil left the group earlier this year. 



According to Pettit, "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."



After deciding that Alexisonfire's show in St. Catharines last winter would be their last, Pettit explains that the band attempted to keep going on, but amidst increasing personal issues and news of MacNeil's decision to pursue other opportunities, thought it best to lay Alexisonfire to rest. 



"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."


Wishing his bandmates "nothing but good fortune," Pettit hinted at the prospect of special releases to commemorate the band's decade together, as well as a Canadian farewell tour.



"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."



Below you'll find Pettit's complete, unedited 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


Exclaim! covered Alexisonfire extensively over the years -- we even put them on our cover back in 2009. They also appeared on Exclaim! TV more than a few times. You can watch some of those videos below.







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a sad, sad day for not only canadian music, but the post-hardcore scene aswell. These guys will be greatly missed!
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Who will keep me from lashing out? D':
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Anxiety chokes me like razor wire!

Haha no but seriously, a sad day no doubt. Literally AOF was the first band I ever watched on the wedge back when Much wasn't owned by CTV... really did change my life. I never knew people could, or would, scream and jump around and play awesome loud music on guitars. They were barely older than me! It gave me hope. RIP aof
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"In addition to that, Wade was recently asked to join another band and he felt it was an opportunity he would like to pursue.
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Gallows?
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The only good band in a pathetically redundant scene just quit. This is good news people, hopefully their contemporaries will continue to be mindless lemmings quit as well.
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let's get a reunion tour out of alexisonfire.. sign the petition! http://www.ipetitions.com...
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awesome band i stumbled upon them by accident ironicly with the song accidents great live show i will definately miss them
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