Canadian hardcore five-pieceÂ AlexisonfireÂ today reveal they will return toÂ AustraliaÂ inÂ February 2023, playing their first Antipodean headline dates since their 2017 tour. This summer, the band will bring their powerful on-stage energy to Brisbaneâ€™sÂ Fortitude Music HallÂ onÂ Friday 17 February, followed by stops inÂ Sydney, MelbourneÂ andÂ Adelaide.
Local heroesÂ Luca BrasiÂ will open forÂ AlexisonfireÂ on all dates, warming audiences with their dynamic live set. One of the countryâ€™s most roadworthy outfits, the four piece never fails to electrify on the live stage,Â Loud MagÂ writingÂ â€œa wonderful, emotional punk-rock performanceâ€.Â Hailing from Tasmania,Â Luca BrasiÂ reached a new level withÂ ‘Everything Is Tenuous’,Â their sophisticated and uplifting fifth studio album, released last year.
Admired by Australian audiences, on their eighth visit down underÂ AlexisonfireÂ will perform songs from their celebrated catalogue, along with tunes from their new recordÂ ‘Otherness’ â€“ never before heard live by local audiences.
‘Otherness’Â is the first full length studio album in over thirteen years from the groupÂ Rolling StoneÂ declaredÂ â€œput Canadian post-hardcore on the mapâ€.Â Their most cohesive and self-actualized record to date, across the ten tracks ofÂ ‘Otherness’Â the band builds aÂ â€œdeliciously gritty recordâ€Â (Line Of Best Fit).
â€œAs much as we love playing the old songs, we donâ€™t want to be a nostalgia act. The only reason to come back is if we feel we still have something to say,â€ frontman George Pettit insists. â€œWe 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.â€
Between 2002 and 2009,Â AlexisonfireÂ released four hugely successful studio albums, all platinum-certified in their native Canada;Â ‘Alexisonfire’Â (2002),Â ‘Watch Out’ (2004), Canadian No.1Â ‘Crisis’Â (2006), andÂ ‘Old Crows / Young Cardinals’Â (2009).
The bandâ€™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.
AsÂ Revolver MagazineÂ noted upon the release of the doomy Familiar Drugs comeback 7â€ in 2019:Â â€œItâ€™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.â€
Dallas Greenâ€™sÂ engaging croon; the urgent attitude ofÂ Wade MacNeil; the heavy bellow ofÂ George Pettit; all anchored by a mix of vulnerability, confidence, iconoclasm, and celebratory recklessness. As everyÂ AlexisonfireÂ song persistently expands and contracts, bassistÂ Chris SteeleÂ and drummerÂ Jordan HastingsÂ 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, Canadaâ€™s Born & Raised Festival and a â€œflawlessâ€ Rage Against The Machine North American support.
ThisÂ February, experience music at its best whenÂ AlexisonfireÂ take the stage with special guestsÂ Luca BrasiÂ for four mind-blowing live shows.
â€‹Presented by Chugg Entertainment and Frontier Touring
â€‹w/ SPECIAL GUESTS LUCA BRASI
â€‹AUSTRALIAN TOUR | â€‹FEBRUARY 2023
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FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY | â€‹The Fortitude Music Hall | Brisbane, QLD
MONDAY 20 FEBRUARY | â€‹Enmore Theatre | Sydney, NSW
FRIDAY 24 FEBRUARY | â€‹Forum Melbourne | Melbourne, VIC
MONDAY 27 FEBRUARY | Hindley Street Music Hall | Adelaide, SA
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