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The combo that brought post-hardcore to the Canadian mainstream, Alexisonfire formed in Saint Catharines, Ontario, in 2001. Vocalist George Pettit, guitarist/vocalists Dallas Green and Wade MacNeil, bassist Steele, and drummer Jesse Ingelevics debuted in 2002 with a self-titled effort for the Toronto-based Distort imprint. The album did very well in Canada, garnering a lot of support for the band from MuchMusic video network. That exposure led to a distribution deal with the respected American hardcore and punk label Equal Vision, which then issued Alexisonfire's sophomore effort in June 2004. Watch Out! was even more ambitious than its predecessor, mixing moments of melodic grace with the wiry explosiveness that Alex had already trademarked. The next year, Ingelevics exited the group to be replaced by ex-Jersey drummer Jordan Hastings. A split with fellow countrymen Moneen appeared on Vagrant that November. Green also began working on some acoustic solo material, debuting the moniker City and Colour with 2005's Sometimes. (Subsequent full-lengths by the project became even more popular than Alexisonfire's work.) Alexisonfire had become an official part of Vagrant's roster by summer 2006, performing on their Warped Tour side stage and releasing explosive full-length number three, Crisis, that August. The guys then hit up the Reading and Leeds festivals in the U.K. prior to embarking on an extensive fall tour of Canada. MacNeil soon followed Green's City and Colour success with a side project of his own, Black Lungs, which debuted in 2008 with the album Send Flowers. Fourth album Old Crows/Young Cardinals was unsurprisingly a hit in Canada upon its release in 2009, and it also earned the band their highest chart position in the U.S. An experimental EP titled Dog's Blood followed in 2010. By the end of the year, however, Green had decided to leave the band. MacNeil's departure followed soon after (he joined British hardcore band Gallows), and the band's attempts at recording a fifth album soon came to a halt. Alexisonfire reunited in 2012 for the farewell tour they thought their fans deserved, and in 2013, released a box set collecting their work. Another reunion tour was announced in March 2015, spanning major festival dates throughout the summer. ~ Johnny Loftus
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  1.   Song
  2.   This Could Be Anywhere in the World
  3.   Boiled Frogs
  4.   .44 Caliber Love Letter
  5.   Young Cardinals
  6.   Old Crows
  7.   Accidents
  8.   Waterwings (And the Other Pool Side Fashion Faux Pas)
  9.   Charlie Sheen vs Henry Rollins
  10.   Get Fighted
  11.   Accept Crime
  12.   Rough Hands
  13.   We Are the End
  14.   Passing Out in America
  15.   Control
  16.   Hey It's Your Funeral Mana
  17.   Emerald Sunset
  18.   Mailbox Arson
  19.   Sharks and Danger
  20.   Side Walk When She Walks
  21.   Adelleda
  22.   The Northern
  23.   Emerald Street
  24.   To a Friend
  25.   You Burn First
  26.   We Are the Sound
  27.   Tonight I Am Going to Wash the Hippy
  28.   White Devil
  29.   That Girl Possessed
  30.   No Transitory
  31.   Hey, It's Your Funeral Mama
  32.   Pulmonary Archery
  33.   Counterparts and Number Them
  34.   Tonight I'm Going To Wash The Hippy
  35.   44 Calibre Lover Letter
  36.   My God Is a Reasonable Man
  37.   Thrones
  38.   The Dead Heart
  39.   Bonus DVD
  40.   (I'm) Stranded
  41.   Dog's Blood
  42.   We've Always Been Music Geeks
  43.   Rest When It's Over
  44.   Expectations
  45.   Don't Need to Do Anything to It
  46.   Midnight Regulations
  47.   Heading for the Sun
  48.   Burial
  49.   Born and Raised
  50.   Sweet Leaf
  51.   Keep It on Wax
  52.   Crisis
  53.   Drunks, Lovers, Sinners and Saints
  54.   Happiness By the Kilowatt
  55.   Little Girls Pointing and Laughing
  56.   Jubella
  57.   The Kennedy Curse
  58.   Where No One Knows
  59.   A Dagger Through the Heart of St. Angeles
  60.   Polaroids of Polar Bears
  61.   Wayfarer Youth
  62.   Vex
  63.   Grey
  64.   Black as Jet
  65.   Worthless to Your Employer
  66.   The Process
  67.   Here's a Part, Here's a Part, Here's a Part
  68.   Battered By the Blues
  69.   Australia
  70.   Sons of Privilege
  71.   It Was Fear of Myself That Made Me Odd
  72.   Bleed and Blister
  73.   No Rest
  74.   Sharks In Danger
  75.   The Philosophical Significance of Shooting My Sister in the Face: An Essay by James Secord
  76.   Looking at an Old Photo
  77.   That Was Our Meticulous Plan
  78.   Reaching a Point of Cliche
  79.   Two Sisters
  80.   Charlie Sheen vs. Henry Collins

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