CITY AND COLOUR RETURNS WITH POWERFUL, CATHARTIC NEW TRACK

“MEANT TO BE”

 

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EMOTIONALLY CHARGED SONG SERVES AS AN ELEGY FOR A BEST FRIEND WHO WAS TRAGICALLY LOST


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(November 18, 2022 – Toronto, ON)  City and Colour, acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green, has just released the emotionally powerful new track Meant To Be via Still Records, an imprint of Dine Alone Records.  “Meant To Be” is the first new music from City and Colour since the acclaimed 2019 album A Pill For Loneliness, and comes following a painful, life-changing loss.

The hauntingly melodic song begins with Green’s affecting vocals slowly swelling into the impassioned refrain questioning destiny following a tragic event. In September of 2019, while the band was on a break during an Australian tour, Green received the news that his best friend and longtime City and Colour producer Karl Bareham drowned off the country’s Gold Coast. While still emotionally distraught, Green was requested to identify his friend at the morgue, a chilling experience he still carries with him.  As he puts it, “That was the hardest moment I’ve had in my entire life. It changed me forever.” Combined with navigating personal issues upon his return to his native Canada and a global pandemic, Green was completely overwhelmed and struggled.

 

As he began to cope, the lifelong songwriter Green had not set out to write about the loss; in his heart and soul he had no idea how he would. But suddenly one day, a line came to him, “the sun kept on rising”, followed by a melody. Green wrote it down and stepped away because it was then that he knew he was on the correct path to honor his dear friend. 

Writing “Meant To Be” turned out to be a much-needed pure and cathartic experience for Green. The song is a beautiful, heart-wrenching and fiery elegy that resonates deeply. Listen to “Meant To Be” HERE.

About City and Colour

Over the course of six studio albums, Dallas Green has compiled a canon ripe with songs born of adoration and devotion amassing a legion of fans worldwide and garnering him 3 JUNOs, including two Songwriter of the Year awards, plus 1 Triple Platinum, 2 Double Platinum, 1 Platinum, and 1 Gold certification at home in Canada. Alongside these accomplishments, Green has been awarded Platinum-certification for all four of Alexisonfire’s full-length records.

City and Colour’s last studio album A Pill For Loneliness – released on Green’s Still Records, an imprint of Dine Alone Records – debuted at #1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums Chart, his 4th consecutive chart-topper in Canada. His previous #1 LP If I Should Go Before You made serious waves internationally debuting at #16 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart and #5 in Australia where Green’s LP Little Hell was certified GOLD. In 2014, Green collaborated with international superstar Alecia Moore (aka P!nk) on a new project titled You+Me. The duo’s acclaimed Platinum-certified first record, rose ave., debuted at #4 on the U.S. Top 200 Chart, #1 in Canada, #2 in Australia culminating in memorable performances on The Ellen Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Green was personally invited by Alice in Chains to perform alongside Metallica, Korn, members of Soundgarden, Jane’s Addiction, Nirvana and other legendary artists when the Seattle quartet were honoured as the recipients of the 2020 Founder’s Award from the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop).  In 2022, Green was honored with the SOCAN National Achievement Award at the JUNO Awards in recognition of his philanthropic contributions to music education in Canada.

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THE DIRTY NIL UNVEIL MUSICAL TRIBUTE

 “BYE BYE BIG BEAR”

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For the strapping lads comprising Toronto rock trio The Dirty Nil, Big Bear was so much more than a convenience store parking lot they gazed upon from their second-floor bathroom window – the trash-strewn asphalt stage where seemingly every element of the human experience played out like a never-ending theatrical production. Today, they share the ode “Bye Bye Big Bear” in its memory.

 Click here to stream “Bye Bye Big Bear” via your preferred platform.

Click here to watch the official music video.

The house was all at once a shared residence, creative commons, and god-forsaken pirate ship, its revolving cast of crewmates armed with instruments, alcohol, and overdriven amplifiers. Indeed, they lived, laughed, and loved there even though no kitschy wall sign from a suburban mom’s Etsy shop told them to.

“We were there through our 20s and having the best time,” shares guitarist Luke Bentham, namedropping some of the transient roommates who spent a few months under the roof with them – members of fellow revered Canadian rock outfits including The Glorious Sons, Attack in Black, Career Suicide, Seaway, and Single Mothers. “It was so conducive to creativity and collaboration. When we turned 30, though, it felt like time to spring from the nest, so we all put our separate plans into motion, and then I immediately started to miss everybody.” 

For 5 years we lived together at a house in downtown Hamilton. For 5 years we were sustained by the Big Bear convenience store, located directly across the street. There we were nurtured with sparkling water, protein bars and cigarettes. There we witnessed an untold number of human dramas play out in the parking lot, ranging from the hilarious to the hopelessly sad. For 5 years it was our clubhouse, our pirate ship, our prison. So we say farewell, thank you for everything: Bye Bye Big Bear. The Dirty Nil

“Bye Bye Big Bear” is a loving musical tribute to that unforgettable time and place, and The Dirty Nil’s first new offering since their impactful 2021 album Fuck Art. On its back, the boys got back on the road, electrifying increasingly packed venues and festival stages with their fiery brand of punk-tinged rock n roll.

The new single is the natural next step from Fuck Art and their 2018 breakout Master Volume – the same blistering power chords, silky-smooth hooks, and oddly charming witticisms distilled into a more potent, harder-hitting product. It’s also the first recorded outing with new bassist and backup vocalist Sam Tomlinson throwing a bit more gas onto Bentham and drummer Kyle Fisher’s musical fire. 

“There are things we’ll really miss – and definitely things we won’t – but a lot of it was just that we’d understood that the clubhouse was breaking up, and that unlocked a lot of feeling,” they elaborate.

Only once the emotional scarring of their Big Bear goodbye has healed will The Dirty Nil have the proper emotional capacity to plot what’s next. Time heals all wounds, but for now, it’s just too soon to tell…

“Cam Kahin is an artist on the brink of something special. The Toronto-based
up-and-comer has a singular sound: part alt-rock, part lo-fi, part experimental sludge.” –

CBC Music

Toronto, Ontario-based musician/producer Cam Kahin has joined the Dine Alone Records roster and
today released his debut single for the label, “compass.” Arriving alongside a Lebni Thodakee Avitia
(Heirmanos)-directed video featuring a mix of studio footage and a recent DIY show, “compass” is as
anthemic as it is cathartic. Cam explains “compass” “is a bright, fast-paced song about trying to get the
people around you to recognize your self-destructive behavior.”
Lebni explains: “I’ve known Cam since he was in 11th grade (thanks to my younger brother), shot one of
his first music videos, and stayed friends ever since. To see his growth, and talent rise the way it has, has
been truly amazing. From the very beginning, Cam had always told me he doesn’t know what else he
would be doing in life if it wasn’t music. I think you get a sense of that hunger, passion, and longing when
you watch this video. You also get a glimpse into the beautiful people that we get to surround ourselves

with, which I think is the real success story. Life can be difficult, but I can truly say that music is what
guides Cam through his tough times, and you can hear that within his lyrics. I basically wanted to share
what I think is the beginning of an amazing journey.”
As a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Cam has been pouring out his experiences
and emotions into his urgent, alt-rock songs since he was 12. Recently named one of the “Top Five
Canadian Acts Shaping Rock” by CBC Music, he’s supported a range of artists, including Cautious Clay,
Inhaler, and The Crawlers, in addition to notable local performances at Mill Street Festival and Hamilton’s
SuperCrawl.
Kahin is next set to play as part of a Dine Alone Records showcase during M For Montreal at Théâtre
Fairmount on November 18th; tickets are on-sale now. Stay tuned for more news on Cam’s first release
for Dine Alone Records in early 2023.

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THE FLATLINERS CELEBRATE 20 YEARS TOGETHER


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“New Ruin is a total rager of an album; it’s easily the best material The Flatliners have ever created!” – V13
“The Flatliners have cemented themselves as one of the most reliable Canadian punk bands of the last two decades” –
Exclaim!
(August 5, 2022 – Toronto, ON) – Today, JUNO-nominated Toronto punk outfit The Flatliners release their
ambitious sixth studio album New Ruin through Dine Alone Records in Canada. Listen to the album HERE

New Ruin is a shot of pure adrenaline from a band striking out at outdated institutions and ideologies via impeccably crafted pointed lyrics. Produced by lead vocalist Chris Cresswell along with the rest of the band, New Ruin sees The Flatliners attacking each new track with a ferocity and intensity that will surprise even long-time fans. From the monstrously discordant hits that open the album through the de facto thesis statement of “Heirloom,” it’s clear that The Flatliners are angry in a way we’ve never heard before. Recorded at Toronto’s Noble Street Studios and Genesis Sound with long-time friend and engineer Matt Snell, the album sounds both open and immediate, the cumulative effect of two decades performing together.

“New Ruin is equal parts love letter and hate mail, empowerment and embarrassment, hopefulness and despondency. For the first time in a long time, we’re looking out instead of in, and it’s not all pretty,” shares Cresswell. “There’s a new weight to the world now we as people can’t deny, and the only way to make this record was to try to achieve that same feeling in these songs. They’re angry because we’re angry. They’re loud because these are the things we need to be loud about. No better way than through. No brighter way to burn.”

Heralded as ‘the best material of the band’s career’, New Ruin features 11 impressive new tracks including the infectious thought-provoking lead single “Performative Hours”, the melodic punk tune “Souvenir” which was recently featured on Alan Cross’ ‘songs you must hear’ list, the powerfully insightful “Rat King”, as well as, latest focus track “It”ll Hurt.”Cresswell had this to say about, “It’ll Hurt”, “It can be hard to find your place in a world that’s always moving. The growing pains synonymous with carving out a space to call your own usually end up as accomplishments in the rear rear view, but when they’re still in front of you, when they envelop you, it’s a fight you can’t help but feel. For everybody digging in to find what’s truly theirs, to make something their own, the mountain can be brutal. But it’s worth the climb home.”

In support of their new record and the band’s 20th anniversary, The Flatliners will be spending the next few months touring across Europe, the U.S and Canada with Canadian dates in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary in September. The band will return to the road later in the year for December dates in Quebec City, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. Dubbed The Holiday Mêlée weekend, the two hometown shows in Toronto will take place on Friday, December 16th at The Great Hall (recently moved from Longboat Hall) for a special full band acoustic performance and on Saturday, December 17th at the Danforth Music Hall. Tickets for all Canadian dates can be purchased HERE and a list of all confirmed dates can be found below.


The Flatliners New Ruin Dine Alone Records August 5, 2022

01. Performative Hours

02. Rat King
03 .Big Strum
04. Top Left Door

05. It’ll Hurt

06. Oath
07. Recoil
08. Souvenir
09. Tunnel Vision

10. Heirloom
11. Under a Dying Sun

 

*Upcoming Canadian Tour Dates
09.08.2022 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
09.09.2022 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Park Theatre for SOS Festival
09.10.2022 – Edmonton, AB @ Sea Change Super Friendly Music Festival

09.11.2022 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth Bar & Stage
12.08.2022 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
12.09.2022 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
12.10.2022 – Montréal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
12.16.2022 – Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall (recently moved from Longboat Hall)

12.17.2022 – Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall

Bedouin Soundclash Release New Double-Single

“Birds Of A Feather (Feat. Ashleigh Ball)”

b/w “Beyond Four Walls”

 

NEW ALBUM WE WILL MEET IN A HURRICANE OUT OCTOBER 21
VIA DINE ALONE RECORDS

 

Stream “Birds Of A Feather” + “Beyond Four Walls” HERE

 

Announce Darryl Jenifer (Bad Brains) Dub Companion Remix EP Hurricane Dubs
Pre-order
HERE

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L to R: Jay Malinowski, Eon Sinclair

(July 21, 2022) – Toronto’s post-punk, world-beat duo Bedouin Soundclash have released a double-single, “Birds of a Feather” b/w “Beyond Four Walls” today to announce their anticipated new album, We Will Meet In A Hurricane, due out October 21 via Dine Alone Records. Co-produced by Jay Malinowski and Colin Stewart (The New Pornographers, Destroyer, Dan Mangan, Black Mountain), these buoyant and soulful tracks find the beloved duo digging back into their musical roots, steeped in the border-bending sounds the JUNO award winning and platinum selling band is known for. Pre-order / save the album here.

Also available to pre-order today is Hurricane Dubs, a very special dub companion remix 12″ EP from Bedouin’s long time mentor Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains.  The ‘We Will Meet in a Hurricane’ pre-order includes a milky clear w/ black smoke Dine Alone Exclusive 12″ (limited to 100), a Standard Peach 12″, ‘Hurricane Dubs’ Darryl Jenifer remix EP 12″ and CD format. See below for images.

Discussing “Birds of a Feather”, Malinowski notes, “The song is about our enduring relationship in this band. Eon and I met on the first day of school. We never had any intention to play in a band. Like the best things in life, everything just kind of happened, like it had already been written and we were just the players. Our journey has been incredible. I sometimes look at our lives and can’t believe what we got to experience together. Ashleigh Ball sings on this track, and she has such an incredible voice. We were sitting there in the studio and then she pulled out a flute and we all got really mesmerised for a couple hours listening to this dubbed-out flute.”

Regarding “Beyond Four Walls”, Malinowski adds, “This was written in the heart of lockdown—-it’s somewhat self-explanatory; that beyond four walls there is a world happening. The pandemic forced a lot of change. I think it put a spotlight on habits and ways of being that didn’t serve us well. We spent so much time with ourselves that those issues became glaring. I realised over the pandemic I had put up a lot of mental walls of limiting beliefs that had to be confronted.”

 

We Will Meet in a Hurricane also notably marks the bands return to their home on Dine Alone Records, run by their long-time former manager Joel Carriere. “It feels good to be putting out this record with our old friends there who we experienced so much with in this industry, especially given that this is a reflective album on the past,” says Malinowski.

The seeds of the new album were planted In the spring of 2021 when Bedouin co-founder and bassist Eon Sinclair booked an open-ended trip to join Malinowski at his new home on Vancouver Island with the hope of reigniting their once-prolific creative spark. “We didn’t really have a set agenda,” notes Sinclair. “We’d been sending a few ideas back-and-forth between Toronto and Victoria early in the pandemic, and it was a welcome outlet considering everything that was going on. So even though I wasn’t really sure of what I wanted to do next, I thought I’d go out for six months – maybe come back early, maybe stay longer – just to see where things would lead.”

They quickly settled into a comfortable workflow, riffing and writing through the week at Malinowski’s family home and then heading into The Hive studio every couple of weeks with co-producer Colin Stewart (The New Pornographers, Dan Mangan, Black Mountain, Destroyer) to capture the results. “Working with Colin was incredible,” says Sinclair. Malinowski adds, “He really pays incredible attention to arrangements and how the parts of each instrument compliment the main thing, which is always melody for him. I really loved watching him work through a mix. He’s a true artist.”

Despite it being their first collaboration, there was an obvious and rewarding synergy that contributed to the “back to basics” aesthetic. “There wasn’t a lot of discussion beforehand about limiting things in terms of instrumentation, but I think the way it unfolded was really enjoyable for us – a really powerful sound from basically just guitar, bass, and drums again,” shares Malinowski.

After surveying the finished album, the band called upon producer Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains to create a small dub companion to three of the tracks. “It had been a while since we had spoken to D,” says Malinowski. “When we got on the phone it was like picking up where we left off. Darryl is a true mentor to us in this industry. He sat with us when we were 18 years old, gave us some tough love and made us sit in the corner until we could play our instruments properly,” Malinowski laughs. “But we are so lucky, beyond the music, to have him in our lives. You don’t get many bonds like that in life.”

Indeed, the parallels to Bedouin Soundclash’s earliest efforts come easy, sounding like a passport crowded with overlapping stamps on every one of its well-worn pages. Sinclair elaborates, “No matter where we are or what’s going on in either of our lives, if one of us picks up an instrument and plays something, everything else kind of dissolves and our shared focus becomes, ‘How can we turn this into something people want to hear?’”

That’s especially true this time around, and while Bedouin Soundclash’s loyal following will surely relish in this return to their roots, the real excitement is in anticipating where the metaphorical stream might once again take them from here.

Upcoming Show Dates:

07/21 – Uxbridge, ON @ Uxbridge Music Hall

07/22 – Bayfield, ON @ River Road Brewery

07/23 – Sarnia, ON @ Revelree Festival

07/30-31 – Canmore, AB @ Canmore Folk Festival

Tickets for upcoming shows are available here 

 

 

 

Single artwork by Jay Malinowski

 

We Will Meet In A Hurricane track list:

  1. We Will Meet In A Hurricane
  2. Walk Through Fire (feat. Aimee Interrupter)
  3. Something Lost + Something Found
  4. Longer Days in Shorter Years
  5. Beyond Four Walls
  6. Shine On (feat. The Skints)
  7. Birds of a Feather (feat. Ashleigh Ball)
  8. Hard Road
  9. Man from Cascades
  10. A Torn Jacket with Silver Lining
  11. Margie, Do Your Best
  12. Into The Black…

 

 

Hurricane Dubs Darryl Jenifer remix EP 12″

Dine Alone Exclusive 12″

Standard Peach 12”

  

About Bedouin Soundclash

Formed in 2001 and named after Israeli dub artist/producer Badawi’s1996 release, Bedouin Soundclash’s debut album Root Fire (2001) received critical acclaim before sophomore album Sounding a Mosaic (2004) sent the band global, culminating in a series of sold-out shows and festival appearances around the world. The album featured the smash hit single “When The Night Feels My Song”, produced by punk-hardcore royalty Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains, and the band went on to pick up their first JUNO Award in 2006 for Canada’s Best New Group, along with numerous accolades around Europe.

The follow-up album Street Gospels (2007) earned a ‘Pop Album of the Year’ nomination and ‘Video of the Year’ nomination for the single “Walls Fall Down” at the 2008 JUNO’s as well as three Much Music Video Award nominations for their video for “Until We Burnin the Sun” in 2009.

Bedouin Soundclash released their fourth studio album Light the Horizon in 2010. Produced by King Britt, the album included the singles “Mountain Top”, “Elongo” and “Brutal Hearts” which featured French-Canadian singer-songwriter Coeur de pirate.

The band’s last offering, MASS, was co-produced by Bedouin Soundclash and legendary Philadelphia House DJ King Britt, along with musical direction from Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall, ‘MASS’ spans two communities, recorded at Marigny Studio’s in New Orleans with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and in Vancouver at St. James Church with the children of the St. James Music Academy. While pulling from their old catalogue, the band journeyed further into New Orleans jazz, afro-pop, electronic and gospel, reflecting a creative rebirth influenced by the cities and musicians that surrounded them.

Bedouin Soundclash have toured all over the world and have shared the stage with the likes of No Doubt, Ben Harper, Damian Marley, The Roots, The Interrupters, Gogol Bordello, Bad Brains, and Thievery Corporation among many others.

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ALEXISONFIRE RELEASE FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN 13 YEARS TODAY
Stream OTHERNESS Via Dine Alone Records HERE

Watch the stunning video for “Sans Soleil” directed by Michael Maxxis Here

AOF Celebrate 20 Years Since The Release of Debut Album Alexisonfire With Special First Time Front-To-Back Performance of Self-Titled at Born & Raised Concert Event July 3

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(June 24, 2022) – Today, ALEXISONFIRE released Otherness, their long-anticipated and first full-length album in over 13 years. Otherness is arguably the band’s most cohesive and self-actualized record to date, featuring impassioned anthems with earnest and deeply heartfelt lyrics and impeccable vocal and musical performances from the iconic 5-piece. The band’s latest single “Sans Soleil” quickly hit Top 15 at Rock Radio in Canada, and is currently the #1 “Spinburner” at Rock formats as it climbs from #13 this week to Top 10. Guitarist / vocalist Wade MacNeil has described the song as, “…about hanging onto hope during the heaviest times, healing and letting go. Dreaming of a future where all this hurt is behind you.”

The visually stunning, dreamlike video for “Sans Soleil” was shot in New Orleans and directed by longtime collaborator Michael Maxxis who also directed “The Northern” and “Familiar Drugs”. “‘Sans Soleil’ is such a beautiful, haunting, mysterious, and uplifting song, and it immediately inspires a certain type of visual,” explains Maxxis. “The idea was to make something that was opposite of that first flight of instinct that still possessed the same innate spirit. The process we undertook conceptualizing this video was one of the most unique and rewarding of my career.”

Stream Otherness here | Watch “Sans Soleil” here

Otherness features 10 fresh, original songs including the explosive first single, “Sweet Dreams Of Otherness”, previously released banger “Reverse The Curse” and the hauntingly beautiful “Sans Soleil”. The album is produced by AOF and mixed by punk stalwart Jonah Falco (Fucked Up, Chubby and the Gang).

What the press is saying about Otherness:

“Their Greatest Record to date…”- Rocksound

“more melody and rocket fuel than ever before…the band conjures the best essence of ‘90s major-label grunge and textured shoegaze that makes them the coolest guys in the room with the best record collections…” – SPIN

“blistering verses and a melodic chorus, with a rapid pace that never lets up.” – Consequence

“slow-burning, head nod-inducing pace, powered by sharp percussion and churning guitars reverberating throughout…” – Loudwire

“AOF didn’t come back to re-create their early sound. They started experimenting with longer songs and more ambitious arrangements…” – Brooklyn Vegan

“Otherness is arguably the most representatively hard-hitting and confident channelling of Alexisonfire’s stage show the band has ever put to tape.” – Toronto Star

“Alexisonfire have returned as the band their fans have always loved — and they sound as inspired and invigorated as ever.” – Exclaim!

Alexisonfire – alongside City and Colour, Dine Alone Records and Live Nation Canada – recently announced a must-see 4-day concert event that will take over Montebello Park in the band’s beloved hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario from June 30 to July 3. In celebration of their 20th Anniversary, AOF will be giving fans a special treat by performing their self-titled debut album front-to-back for the first time ever live on Sunday, July 3. This will be the only opportunity to catch Alexisonfire perform in Southern Ontario in 2022.
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Tickets for the Born & Raised Concert Event are available via ticketmaster.ca. Alexisonfire and City and Colour have partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Indspire Building Brighter Futures Scholarship program.
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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

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.

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 idea of the strength of diversity and the power of the outsider expressed in the album’s mission statement surfaced early in the process.

AOF stayed at the studio and fully lived in the record. “Because George, Dallas, and I all sing, we wrote our own lyrics in the past. This time, we all wrote for each other,” MacNeil explains. “We shied away from that before. If I wrote something very personal, maybe George would’ve felt uncomfortable singing it. This time around, that didn’t even enter our minds. We worked to combine our voices rather than just pick our individual spots. Whatever suited the song the best.”

As Revolver Magazine 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.”

“The biggest difference is the space we are all in,” adds MacNeil. “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. 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.”

Otherness Tracklist
01. Committed to the Con
02. Sweet Dreams of Otherness
03. Sans Soleil
04. Conditional Love
05. Blue Spade
06. Dark Night of the Soul
07. Mistaken Information
08. Survivor’s Guilt
09. Reverse the Curse
10. World Stops Turning

2022 Tour Dates
July 2 – Born & Raised Concert Event – St. Catharines, ON (w/Billy Talent, Hot Water Music NOBRO)
July 3 – Born & Raised Concert Event – St. Catharines, ON (perform self-titled debut LP) (w/Pup, cleopatrick, The OBGMs)
July 13 – RBC Bluesfest 2022 – Ottawa, ON (w/Sum 41)
July 14 – MTELUS – Montreal, QC (SOLD OUT) (w/Metz)
July 15 – MTELUS – Montreal, QC (w/Metz)
July 16 – Festival D’éte – Québec, QC (w/ Rage Against the Machine)
July 21 – Roadrunner – Boston, MA
July 22 – The Filmore – Silver Spring, MD
July 23 – Pier 17 – New York, NY
September 14 – House of Blues Cleveland – Cleveland, OH
September 15 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
September 17 – Riot Fest 2022 – Chicago, IL
September 23 – Furnace Fest – Birmingham, AL
October 4 – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
October 5 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
October 6 – Aftershock 2022 – Sacramento, CA
October 8 – SOMA Mainstage – San Diego, CA
October 9 – House of Blues Anaheim – Anaheim , CA
October 14 – The Great Hall – Cardiff Uni Students Union – Cardiff, UK
October 16 – Manchester Academy – Manchester, UK
October 17 – Barrowland Ballroom – Glasgow, UK
October 19 – O2 Academy Leeds – Leeds, UK
October 20 – Brighton Dome Concert Hall – Brighton, UK
October 22 – O2 Academy Brixton – London, UK
October 23 – O2 Guildhall Southampton – Southampton, UK
October 24 – Trix – Antwerpen, Belgium
October 26 – Columbiahalle – Berlin, Germany
October 27 – TONHALLE – Munich, Germany
October 29 – Ziltphilharmonie – Hamburg, Germany
October 31 – Palladium Cologne – Cologne, Germany
November 1 – Tivoli Vredenburg – Utrecht, Netherlands

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L to R: Eon Sinclair, Jay Malinowski

(June 2, 2022) – Known for their eclectic post-punk world-beat sound​, Bedouin Soundclash cement their highly anticipated return today with the release of 2 fresh singles, “Shine On (feat. The Skints)” and “Something Lost + Something Found”. Co-produced by Jay Malinowski and Colin Stewart, the buoyant and soulful tracks find the beloved duo digging back into their musical roots including resigning with their old label Dine Alone Records. The new tracks are steeped in the border-bending sound the JUNO and Platinum award winning band is known for.
 

Stream “Shine On” + “Something Lost + Something Found” Here

“It’s like the stream ultimately flowed back to where it started.” That’s how Jay Malinowski first describes the latest output from Bedouin Soundclash. Hearing the opening acoustic chords of “Something Lost + Something Found,” it’s hard not to recall the similarly strummed first verse of Platinum-certified Sounding a Mosaic’s fateful first track that, nearly 20 years prior, took them from campus club staples to international stars. Meanwhile, “Shine On” welcomes Marcia Richards of British reggae-punk bastion The Skints into the fold for an energetic and equally compelling earworm that demands repeat spins.

“We’ve had such a long journey as a band, and it’s like your orbit keeps growing the longer you go,” Malinowski continues, “but I feel like these new songs have a theme of finally coming home.”


In the spring of 2021, Bedouin co-founder and bassist Eon Sinclair booked an open-ended trip to join Malinowski at his new home on Vancouver Island with the hope of reigniting their once-prolific creative spark. “We didn’t really have a set agenda,” notes Sinclair. “We’d been sending a few ideas back-and-forth between Toronto and Victoria early in the pandemic, and it was a welcome outlet considering everything that was going on. So even though I wasn’t really sure of what I wanted to do next, I thought I’d go out for six months – maybe come back early, maybe stay longer – just to see where things would lead.”

They quickly settled into a comfortable workflow, riffing and writing through the week at Malinowski’s family home and then heading into The Hive studio every couple of weeks with co-producer Colin Stewart (The New Pornographers, Dan Mangan, Black Mountain, Destroyer) to capture the results. Despite it being their first collaboration, there was an obvious and rewarding synergy that contributed to the “back to basics” aesthetic. “There wasn’t a lot of discussion beforehand about limiting things in terms of instrumentation, but I think the way it unfolded was really enjoyable for us – a really powerful sound from basically just guitar, bass, and drums again,” shares Malinowski.

Indeed, the parallels to Bedouin Soundclash’s earliest efforts come easy, sounding like a passport crowded with overlapping stamps on every one of its well-worn pages. And it’s not just the music that contributes to the grand theme of coming home. Bedouin recently resigned with Dine Alone Records, owned and operated by their former manager, Joel Carriere.

“To me, Bedouin is my and Eon’s relationship, and that’s what keeps this going and feeds our passion for it,” Malinowski asserts. “We’ve certainly tested the limits of this relationship over the years, and yet we keep coming back.”

Sinclair elaborates: “No matter where we are or what’s going on in either of our lives, if one of us picks up an instrument and plays something, everything else kind of dissolves and our shared focus becomes, ‘How can we turn this into something people want to hear?’”

That’s especially true this time around, and while Bedouin Soundclash’s loyal following will surely relish in this return to their roots, the real excitement is in anticipating where the metaphorical stream might once again take them from here.

2022 Tour Dates

June 4 – Tall Pines Festival – Muskoka, ON

June 5 – Neat Cafe – Burnstown, ON

June 25 – Ska Fest – Victoria, BC

July 9 – Vancouver Craft Beer Fest – Vancouver, BC

July 19 – Paradise Theatre – Toronto, ON

July 20 – Revival House – Stratford, ON

July 21 – Uxbridge Music Hall – Uxbridge, ON

July 22 – River Road Brewery – Bayfield, ON

July 23 – Revelree Festival – Sarnia, ON

July 30/31 – Canmore Folk Festival  – Canmore, AB

About Bedouin Soundclash

Formed in 2001 and named after Israeli dub artist/producer Badawi’s1996 release, Bedouin Soundclash’s debut album Root Fire (2001) received critical acclaim before sophomore album Sounding a Mosaic (2004) sent the band global, culminating in a series of sold-out shows and festival appearances around the world. The album featured the smash hit single “When The Night Feels My Song”, produced by punk-hardcore royalty Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains, and the band went on to pick up their first JUNO Award in 2006 for Canada’s Best New Group, along with numerous accolades around Europe. 

The follow-up album Street Gospels (2007) earned a ‘Pop Album of the Year’ nomination and ‘Video of the Year’ nomination for the single “Walls Fall Down” at the 2008 JUNO’s as well as three Much Music Video Award nominations for their video for “Until We Burnin the Sun” in 2009. 


Bedouin Soundclash released their fourth studio album Light the Horizon in 2010. Produced by King Britt, the album included the singles “Mountain Top”, “Elongo” and “Brutal Hearts” which featured French-Canadian singer-songwriter Coeur de pirate. 

The band’s last offering, MASS, was co-produced by Bedouin Soundclash and legendary Philadelphia House DJ King Britt, along with musical direction from Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall, ‘MASS’ spans two communities, recorded at Marigny Studio’s in New Orleans with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and in Vancouver at St. James Church with the children of the St. James Music Academy. While pulling from their old catalogue, the band journeyed further into New Orleans jazz, afro-pop, electronic and gospel, reflecting a creative rebirth influenced by the cities and musicians that surrounded them.

Bedouin Soundclash have toured all over the world and have shared the stage with the likes of No Doubt, Ben Harper, Damian Marley, The Roots, The Interrupters, Gogol Bordello, Bad Brains, and Thievery Corporation among many others.

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On July 22, The Sadies’ will release Colder Streams, the long-awaited and highly anticipated 11th studio album produced by Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. Watch and share the lyric video for “Cut Up High and Dry,” the third single from the forthcoming album, out today.

 

Recorded between 2019 and 2021 at Skybarn in Montreal, Canada, Colder Streams features 11 original compositions engineered and mixed by Pietro Amato except for “You Should Be Worried,” which was engineered and mixed by Michael Dubue and mastered by Peter J. Moore.  

 

With guest appearances by Jon Spencer (“No One’s Listening”), Michael Dubue (“End Credits”), Richard Reed Parry (“Message for Belial,” “No One’s Listening” and “Ginger Moon”), and the parents Good, Margaret on backing vocals for “So Far for So Few” and “All the Good,” with Bruce on autoharp on the latter, the cover art is original artwork by The Sadies’ bassist Sean Dean. 

 

The release of Colder Streams will mark the quartet’s final studio recording with founding member Dallas Good, who unexpectedly passed away in February. In preparation for the release, in October of 2021, Dallas penned what he coined the band’s “anti-bio” and seemingly said all there is to say about the new album, first noting, “Colder Streams is, by far, the best record that has ever been made by anyone. Ever.” Read the entire bio here.

 

“The Sadies’ world has been shaken,” said the band in a joint statement. “While we struggle with the loss of Dallas – our brother, friend, and bandmate – music has been our source of comfort and coping. We are honoured to announce the release of our new album, Colder Streams.  We are so proud of Dallas and the work that went into this album and look forward to sharing it with you.”

 

“I was utterly thrilled the Sadies asked me to produce this record,” said Richard Reed Parry, “which mostly meant I just hung around listening to the greatest live band in the country playing their asses off, and then occasionally I’d get off the couch and sing backing vocals. That said, this is The Sadies’ finest album, the one I always hoped they’d make one day and I’m stoked to have been there helping them do it. What an incredible band. “

 

With a deep fondness and reverence for the best of CBGB—country, bluegrass, and blues—The Sadies are equally informed and influenced by everything from ‘60s garage and psychedelic rock to surf instrumentals and punk rock. Since they first arrived on the North American scene 28 years ago, the Toronto-based roots-rockers have developed, even perfected, a style of music uniquely their own. 

 

In support of the album, the band–Travis Good, Sean Dean, and Mike Belitsky–will embark on a North American and European tour beginning June 17 at Atwood’s Tavern in Cambridge, MA. A complete list of dates is below.

The Sadies: On Tour

June 17 – Atwood’s Tavern – Cambridge, MA

June 18 – Swamp Stomp – South Kingston, RI

July 8 – Winnipeg Folk Festival – Winnipeg, MB

July 10 – Sjock Festival – Girl, BE

July 12 – Patronaat – Haarlem, NL

July 13 – Creative Outlaws – Recklinghausen, DE

July 14 – Grenswerk – Venlo, NL

July 15 – Bluesfest Ingolstadt – Ingolstadt, DE

July 17 – Zwarte Cross – Lichtenvoorde, NL

July 19 – Kuturrampe – Krefeld, DE

August 7 – Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY

August 28 – Orton Park Festival – Madison, WI

November 3 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, NL

November 4 – De Zwerver – Oostende, BE

November 9 – Dabadaba – San Sebastián, ES

November 10 – Kafe Antzokia – Bilbao, ES

November 11 – Escenario Santander – Santander, ES

November 12 – Garufa Club –  A Coruña, ES

November 13 – Independence – Madrid, ES

November 15 – Sala X – Sevilla, ES

November 16 – Lemon Rock – Granada, ES

November 17 – 16 Toneladas – Valencia, ES

November 18 – Razz 3 – Barcelona, ES

November 19 – La Lata de Bombillas – Zaragoza, ES

 

Colder Streams Tracklisting:

  1. Stop and Start
  2. Message to Belial
  3. More Alone
  4. So Far for So Few
  5. All the Good
  6. No One’s Listening
  7. You Should Be Worried
  8. Better Yet
  9. Cut Up High and Dry
  10. Ginger Moon
  11. End Credits

BORN & RAISED
June 30 – July 3, 2022 at Montebello Park, St. Catharines, Ontario

(March 11, 2022 – 1:00pm ET) – Alexisonfire, City and Colour and Dine Alone Records have curated a very special line-up that will take over Montebello Park in the artists’ beloved hometown of St. Catharines from June 30 to July 3, 2022. Tickets for this all ages event go on sale Thursday, March 17 at 10am ET at ticketmaster.ca. General admission tickets are + service fees. Kids under 12 are free. A limited number of 4-day bundle ticket passes will also be available for purchase. 4-day passes are $299.00 + service fees.

Alexisonfire and City and Colour have partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Indspire Building Brighter Futures Scholarship program through the City and Colour Indigenous Student Bursary and the Alexisonfire Indigenous Music Bursary, which were established in 2019 with the goal of supporting students as they complete their education and achieve academic success. To date Alexisonfire and City and Colour have donated over $120,000 combined. 

Born & Raised is a celebration and homecoming for bandmates Dallas Green, George Pettit, Wade MacNeil, Chris Steele, and Jordan Hastings. Alexisonfire rose up out of the St. Catharines, Ontario underground in late 2001 with City and Colour’s Platinum certified album Sometimes debuting a few short years later in 2005. AOF released four hugely successful studio albums, all Music Canada Platinum-certified and would go on to define a generation of contemporary music in Canada and abroad. Now back with a vengeance, and on the heels of announcing their first studio album in over 13 years, Otherness, Alexisonfire, in partnership with Dallas Green’s multiple award-winning and critically acclaimed act City and Colour, is bringing the music back to where it all started. Featuring 4 nights of music, food, and drink in the city’s Montebello Park over the July long weekend, Born & Raised is a not-to-be missed concert event.

“Something special happens when Alexisonfire gets together,” says AOF vocalist George Pettit. “When we’re all on stage playing in the pocket, we elevate and the audience comes with us. Born & Raised is going to be a beautiful spectacle. City and Colour and AOF are returning to the very streets that created us, joined by a slew of great bands. Can’t wait.”

Joining Alexisonfire and City and Colour are longtime friends and very special guests, Billy Talent. The concert series also features a stellar line up of support acts including Broken Social Scene, Pup, Sam Roberts Band, Elliott, Hot Water Music, cleopatrick, Ruby Waters, Chastity, Dooms Children, NOBRO and The OBGMs. For  more information, visit http://bornandraisedconcert.com/.

 

June 30

City and Colour  

Sam Roberts Band  

Ruby Waters 

Chastity 

 

July 1

City and Colour  

Broken Social Scene  

Elliott 

Dooms Children 

 

July 2

Alexisonfire  

Billy Talent  – SPECIAL GUEST

Hot Water Music 

NOBRO 

 

July 3

Alexisonfire 

Pup 

cleopatrick

The OBGMs

(March 10, 2022) – Today, ALEXISONFIRE is excited to announce Otherness, the first full-length album in over 13 years from the band Rolling Stone declared “put Canadian post-hardcore on the map.” Otherness 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” which can be heard HERE. The album is produced by AOF and mixed by punk stalwart Jonah Falco (Fucked Up, Career Suicide). Says George Pettit, “This song was largely Dallas’ brain child but over the course of writing this record it became more of a mission statement for the band. It’s kind of about performance and embracing a new found confidence in a state of peculiarity.

Pre-orders for physical variants are available as of Friday, March 11 at 11:00am ET HERE. Each vinyl variant is 2×12” with a Gatefold jacket and printed inner sleeves. A limited deluxe edition variant, with an alternate lenticular cover will also be available alongside curated Otherness merchandise. See below for details on all physical variants available for pre-order. 

A video for “Sweet Dreams Of Otherness” directed by the inimitable actor/director Jay Baruchel (Goon, This Is The End, Random Acts of Violence, How to Train Your Dragon) premieres via Alexisonfire’s YouTube channel at 6pm ET today. Fans can sign up for reminders to view the premiere alongside the band who will join fans worldwide in conversation in the moments leading up to the premiere.

 

Stream / share “Sweet Dreams Of Otherness” HERE

 

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 Magazine 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.” 

 

Otherness Tracklist

  1. Committed to the Con
  2. Sweet Dreams of Otherness
  3. Sans Soleil
  4. Conditional Love
  5. Blue Spade
  6. Dark Night of the Soul
  7. Mistaken Information
  8. Survivor’s Guilt
  9. Reverse the Curse
  10. World Stops Turning