Published on January 3rd, 2013 | by Alan Cross


Alexisonfire: Now, It’s Dark

Alexisonfire wrapped up their existence with a series of shows in Southern Ontario last week, culminating with a big gig at Copps Coliseum on Sunday night.

Here’s a review of one of those last shows from contributor, Juliette Jagger.

I remember the day I bought Watch Out!, I think I was probably 16. I picked it up at a mall I had never been to, and while walking down the street in my neighborhood a few hours later, someone yelled “fucking Avril” at me our their car window as they drove by. In retrospect, that’s pretty funny, but at the time I was pissed cause as far as I was concerned the Dickies pants I was wearing half way down my ass was a look that I came up with.

Sometimes you get sick of watching a band play live, but I’ve probably seen Alexisonfire 8 or 9 times over the years. They were just one of my go-to bands in high school, a fixture of the Toronto scene. I think growing up I just assumed that being able to so closely watch a band come into their own was a normal thing people did, and I had that experience with a few bands that came out of this city, but it’s not.

Last night’s show at the Sound Academy was pretty wild. It was the third of four sold out Toronto dates on their Farewell Tour, and from up above, looking over top of that crowd, it was exactly like I remember it. I haven’t been to a show like that in ages; everyone was so willing to go balls-out for this band, you could feel it in the room, people came ready to just fucking give it one last time.

I actually saw security fight to ravage some guy over the barricade and absolutely fail because he was hanging on for dear life. I love that. That’s what this shit is about.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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2 Responses to Alexisonfire: Now, It’s Dark

  1. Adam says:

    As one of those teens growing up, minus the dickies pants halfway down my ass. It's sad to see them go. Loved the line "everyone was so willing to go balls-out for this band".

  2. Ian spears says:

    One of the best bands I've watched live! So much energy and excitement

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