Canadian hardcore five-piece Alexisonfire today reveal they will return to Australia in February 2023, playing their first Antipodean headline dates since their 2017 tour. This summer, the band will bring their powerful on-stage energy to Brisbane’s Fortitude Music Hall on Friday 17 February, followed by stops in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Local heroes Luca Brasi will open for Alexisonfire on all dates, warming audiences with their dynamic live set. One of the country’s most roadworthy outfits, the four piece never fails to electrify on the live stage, Loud Mag writing “a wonderful, emotional punk-rock performance”. Hailing from Tasmania, Luca Brasi reached a new level with Everything Is Tenuous, their sophisticated and uplifting fifth studio album, released last year.
Admired by Australian audiences, on their eighth visit down under Alexisonfire will perform songs from their celebrated catalogue, along with tunes from their new record Otherness – never before heard live by local audiences.
Otherness is the first full length studio album in over thirteen years from the group Rolling Stone declared “put Canadian post-hardcore on the map”. Their most cohesive and self-actualized record to date, across the ten tracks of Otherness the band builds a “deliciously gritty record” (Line Of Best Fit).
“As much as we love playing the old songs, we don’t want to be a nostalgia act. The only reason to come back is if we feel we still have something to say,” frontman George Pettit insists. “We spent so much time on the road thinking that if we stopped, people would lose interest. But when we went away, it only got bigger. We all carved new paths for ourselves, so coming back to Alexisonfire is a purely enjoyable creative venture. Something special happens when we get in a room together.”
Between 2002 and 2009, Alexisonfire released four hugely successful studio albums, all platinum-certified in their native Canada; Alexisonfire (2002), Watch Out (2004), Canadian No.1 Crisis (2006), and Old Crows / Young Cardinals (2009).
The band’s legacy across Canada and the world cannot be overstated; from their 2001 inception in Ontario, five guys playing aggressive rock (with no less than three of them singing and screaming) grew to a hockey-arena headlining phenomenon while pushing and pulling between spirited guitar leads, melodic might, and emotional weight.
As Revolver Magazine noted upon the release of the doomy “Familiar Drugs” comeback 7” in 2019: “It’s hard to overstate the influence Alexisonfire had in post-hardcore through the mid-2000s, their combination of singing and screaming setting the blueprint for many artists to come.”
Dallas Green’s engaging croon; the urgent attitude of Wade MacNeil; the heavy bellow of George Pettit; all anchored by a mix of vulnerability, confidence, iconoclasm, and celebratory recklessness. As every Alexisonfire song persistently expands and contracts, bassist Chris Steele and drummer Jordan Hastings remain impossibly tight, locked into unrelenting swinging grooves.
Alexisonfire has blown audiences away at major international festival appearances over Northern Hemisphere summer, including Lollapalooza across South America, Canada’s Born & Raised Festival and a “flawless” Rage Against The Machine North American support.
This February, experience music at its best when Alexisonfire take the stage with special guests Luca Brasi for four mind-blowing live shows.