After all, this was the band that said goodbye with a run of final dates at the end of , celebrating all they had achieved in the decade since the release of their debut album and moving on with their lives beyond the realms of universally-beloved melodic post-hardcore. In , however, the St. The occasional show and a newfound status as weekend warriors seemed to suit both the band and fans, and so the relationship stayed for the next few years.
I think we like the idea of still being in that position. In celebration, we caught up with Alexisonfire guitarist Dallas Green to get the full story of what's going on and what's coming up. Says Dallas: " Yeah, absolutely. Every time we would practice we would try to work on some new material but not really having enough time with each other to sit and write a whole record, because we were jamming all the old songs so we can go and play a show. There were always little bits sticking around though. I think having a bit more time together has helped. Being able to put it together into a whole song is awesome. I feel like it all feels pretty fresh for us too. I feel like that is exciting. We wanted to put an exciting twist on it and I think we have done that.
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In conjunction with the new track, the band have announced select headlining shows starting in June see below , a special vinyl pressing of the single, which is available to pre-order today, and a live performance from Strombo in Toronto where they'll be playing the new song for the first time that will be streaming on the band's Facebook page starting at 8PM ET tonight Feb. We spoke with vocalist George Pettit about the new song, how it started from a riff that was lost for nearly a decade and what its release means for the band's future. Check out "Familiar Drugs" and the interview below:. I have to ask the obvious question. Honestly, we're working, but I'd say we're more of a light duty band so far. It's just a day here, a day there. We're writing a lot. But as far as what's next, I can tell you right now, I don't think this will be the last release of Alexisonfire.
Alexisonfire pronounced "Alexis on fire" is a five-piece Canadian post-hardcore band that formed in St. Catharines , Ontario  in They describe their music as "the sound of two Catholic high-school girls in mid-knife-fight" a reference to their song "A Dagger Through the Heart of St. Angeles", also the inspiration for their debut album cover art. In August , screamer George Petit posted a message to fans on the band's official website stating that, following the departure of two members, that they would issue several special releases and complete a farewell tour before parting ways. On September 19, , at Riot Fest in Toronto, the band announced their official reunion, although in a post on their official Facebook page afterwards, the band clarified that despite the fact they were "as good friends as they had ever been", there were "no immediate plans" for the future. Alexisonfire was formed in late in the aftermath of a three-band break up. Pettit was playing guitar in a metal band called Condemning Salem, Green was a lead singer and guitar player in Helicon Blue, and MacNeil and Steele played in a punk band called Plan 9.