PhotosÂ -Â Alexisonfire at Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, Dec 17 2012
– photos by Christine Redmond
Alexisonfire played their last gig in Vancouver last night, Dec 17. Hasta la vista, baby.
The St. Catharines punk group is on a 10th anniversary farewell tour, a little more than a year after the band members announced they were splitting. The tour began inÂ Â in London UK and will end with two shows at the Sound Academy in Toronto.
Christine Redmond reports, “Gig was good (well at least the first three songs of it) – lots of young, excited fans having a great time with relentless crowd surfing!”
We haven’t quite heard the last of Alexisonfire, however. According to an August 2012 press release, “The band is workingÂ onÂ a discography, vinyl box set which will include 12” LPs of each studio release and out of print 7” EPs including, but not limited to,Â Math Sheet Demos,Â Crisis b-sides,Â Insulation Tapes,Â BBC Sessions. The box set will also feature a photo booklet and other exclusive items.”
The press release also states, “AlexisonfireÂ rose up out of the Southern Ontario underground in late 2001, to become one of the most successful indie bands in Canada. They released four hugely successful studio albums,Â AlexisonfireÂ (2002),Â Watch OutÂ (2004),Â CrisisÂ (2006), andÂ Old Crows / Young CardinalsÂ (2009).Â Â CrisisÂ debuted at #1Â onÂ the Top 200 Soundscan chart (Canada), andÂ Old Crows / Young CardinalsÂ debuted at #2, and charted at #9Â onÂ the US Billboard Independent Album chart.Â Â Watch OutÂ helped earn the bandÂ New Group of the YearÂ at the 2004 JUNO Awards.Â Their first three albums achieved platinum certification in Canada while Old Crows/Young Cardinals has reached gold certification.”
Beyond all reason, Alexisonfire’s popularity spread beyond Canada, to include theÂ U.S., UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.