Fresh off the announcement of the June 24 release of Otherness, their first album in 13 years, ALEXISONFIRE have confirmed a new slate of 2022 tour dates. The band is also appearing at most major international festivals throughout the year, including Lollapalooza, Aftershock, So What, and Furnace Face. They will also perform at iconic venues such as The Hollywood Palladium, The Warfield, and more.
All dates are below. Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 18 at 10am local time.
Otherness, described by SPIN as having “more melody and rocket fuel than ever before,” will be released on June 24 via Dine Alone Records. The album features 10 new tracks, including the explosive first single, “Sweet Dreams of Otherness.” The album was produced by AOF and mixed by punk stalwart Jonah Falco (Fucked Up, Career Suicide).
OTHERNESS TRACK LISTING:
“Committed to the Con”
“Sweet Dreams of Otherness”
“Dark Night of the Soul”
“Reverse the Curse”
“World Stops Turning”
ALEXISONFIRE ON TOUR:
3/18 —Santiago, Chile — Lollapalooza Chile
3/20 — Curitiba, Brazil (headline) — CWB Hall
3/21— Curitiba, Brazil (headline) — CWB Hall
3/23 — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Vivo Rio*
3/24 —São Paulo, Brazil — Audio*
3/26 — São Paulo, Brazil — Lollapalooza Brasil
3/27 — Buenos Aires, Argentina (headline) — Teatro Flores
5/19 — Nashville, TN — Marathon Music Works
5/20 — Atlanta, GA — The Eastern
5/21— Daytona Beach, FL — Welcome to Rockville
5/23 — New Orleans, LA — House of Blues
5/25 — San Antonio, TX — Paper Tiger
5/27 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall
5/29 — Dallas, TX — So What Music Festival
6/3 — Leeds, UK (headline) — Slam Dunk Festival
6/4— Hatfield, UK (headline) — Slam Dunk Festival
7/13 — Ottawa, ON — Bluesfest
7/14 — Montreal, QC — M Telus
7/21 — Boston, MA — Roadrunner
7/22 — Silver Spring, MD — The Fillmore Silver Spring
7/23 — New York, NY — The Rooftop at Pier 17
9/23-25 — Birmingham, AL — Furnace Fest
9/14 — Cleveland, OH — House of Blues
9/15 — Detroit, MI — The Fillmore
10/4 — Los Angeles, CA — Hollywood Palladium
10/5 — San Francisco, CA — The Warfield Theatre
10/6—Sacramento, CA — Aftershock
10/8 — San Diego, CA — SOMA
10/9 — Anaheim, CA — House of Blues
*Co-headline With A Day To Remember
A continuous thread through the fabric of Alexisonfire is the state of otherness. Otherness drew us all to spaces where a band like this could be formed. We attract the type of individuals that have all felt the sensation of being strange or unique. Perceived or otherwise, otherness has followed us through childhood, adolescence, and into our adult lives. It drives our tastes and proclivities. It bonds us with ourselves and others. And make no mistake, even at our most domestic and mundane moments, we are true outliers. —Otherness mission statement
Otherness is the band’s most cohesive and self-actualized record to date. For those who need a refresher, AOF released four hugely successful studio albums, all Music Canada Platinum-certified: Alexisonfire (2002); Watch Out (2004); Crisis (2006); and Old Crows/Young Cardinals (2009). Crisis debuted at #1 on the Top 200 Soundscan (Canada), and Old Crows/Young Cardinals debuted at #2, and charted at #9 on the US Billboard Independent Album chart. The number of albums made outside of Alexisonfire by different band members over the years — including City and Colour, Dead Tired, You+Me, Dooms Children, and Billy Talent — could fill several record store bins.
The mix of classic Alexisonfire and newfound textures of “Sweet Dreams of Otherness” became a roadmap for the rest of the record. 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 produced Otherness themselves in roughly a week. They kept it a “family affair,” working closely with folks who’ve been with them for years. Writing took place at the Dine Alone Records clubhouse. The album includes organ, keys, and pedal steel from Green’s longtime collaborator Matt Kelly. Jill Zimmerman and Darren “Jeter” Magierowski (who is also Steele’s cousin) engineered, at Jukasa Recording Studios.
“The biggest difference is the space we are all in. We were all really thrilled to make a record, and it was such a respite from what was going on in the world. It felt like life could be beautiful,” MacNeil says. “We were supportive of one another. Everyone was in such a good mood. It was such a treat to be able to do it again.”
As Revolver noted 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.” 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 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,” 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.