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

 Photo credit: Vanessa Heins @vanessaheins

(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

 

Brandon Williams makes resonant songs that capture isolation and resilience. As the songwriter behind Chastity, the Whitby, Ontario musician has made three unrelentingly perceptive albums culminating in the cathartic new Suffer Summer, which is set for release on January 14, 2022 via Deathwish Inc. and Dine Alone Records. The album’s new single “Pummeling” premieres today and Williams comments, “‘Pummeling’ was a place I was afraid to go, I’ve been so focused on my music being challenging, technical, and correct. But on this, I wanted to allow myself to go simple, out of my comfort zone.” The result is undeniably accessible but look below the surface of the welcoming hooks and you’ll find some impossibly dark lyrics. 

Listen to (+ share) Suffer Summer’s first single “Pummeling” on YouTube.

Suffer Summer caps off an album trilogy that showcases both Williams’ emotional range as a lyricist but also his boundless love of outsider music. His 2018 debut Death Lust pulled from Unwound and The Smashing Pumpkins as he grappled with mortality while 2019’s Home Made Satan dealt in world-weary anxiety and Hum-like atmospherics. But Suffer Summer is a meditation on happiness, channeled through powerhouse riffs and undeniably potent choruses, sung with Mineral and Jimmy Eat World worn on his sleeve. It’s an album that shows how healing and staying content is hard but necessary work.

Williams mostly wrote Suffer Summer throughout 2019 while he and his band joined acts like Fucked Up, DIIV, and Alexisonfire on tour. It was a fruitful and exciting period for Williams, who whittled down 24 new tracks to 10, taking several new creative leaps while penning these songs.  For any artist, taking risks, trusting your intuition, and relinquishing control is a delicate balance but for these songs, Williams knew he needed to step out of his comfort zone by making his writing more collaborative. He enlisted one of Chastity’s earliest and most vocal supporters PUP frontman Stefan Babcock to co-write opener single “Real World” and LP highlight “When You Go Home I Withdrawal.” Alexisonfire and City and Colour’s Dallas Green appears as a guest vocalist on “Vicious Circle,” the emotional centerpiece of Suffer Summer

Chastity started as a way for Williams to find community in his suffocating and isolating suburban life, his songs serving as an outstretched hand for the like-minded people on the fringes. Suffer Summer is both a validation and comfort that while the world might be irrevocably damaged, you’re not alone.

Suffer Summer will be released on January 13th on digital and physical formats via Deathwish Inc. everywhere (aside from Canada, via Dine Alone Records).  Pre-order the album here and look for more news and music to surface soon from Chastity.  Revisit first single “Dying to Live” here.

 

It’s that time of year again – the 2021 Summer Sampler is here! 

We’ve launched a 26 track playlist compilation for you to discover your new favourite song and artist.

Find the perfect mix to complete your Summer 2021 HERE 

Summer is officially here and we’re celebrating with our new 2021 Summer Merch line! Head to dinealonestore.com to check out the fresh range that also includes a branded koozie & cooler!

 

Dine Alone Records is excited to announce the signing of Toronto-based 15 year-old singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist AVIV, the latest remarkable talent to emerge in ‘bedroom pop’ and poised to become the next big thing in the lo-fi pop scene.

Joined by OCTAVIO the Dweeb, she debuts the official remix today for double single “Black Coffee” with glassy synths, simmering guitar, cinematic hum, and candid lyrics. Produced by Rian Lewis [Kiiara, D.R.A.M.], the original emerged on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” and attracted widespread critical acclaim, illuminating her keen melodic instincts and vivid storytelling. With over one million Spotify streams and approaching 50k listeners, she continues to effortlessly lead her youthful fanbase, building a purely art and expression driven brand.

NEW SINGLE “BLACK COFFEE (FEAT. OCTAVIO THE DWEEB)” OUT NOW

STREAM & PURCHASE THE DOUBLE SINGLE HERE

On the heels of announcing his new album, Toronto-based musician Homeshake, born Peter Sagar, returns to share a new offering from Under The Weather. Designed and directed by Pete Sharp, “Passenger Seat” is an animated, intergalactic highway short that perfectly captures the track’s intimate and meticulously crafted soundscape. “The details in each scene are amazing,” Sagar says. “They compliment the minimalist production of the song so well.” Of the collaboration, Pete Sharp says, “I love the music of Homeshake! When I heard the title ‘Passenger seat’ I thought ‘passenger seat—cars—traffic jam—in space?’ I think the slow moving interstellar pile up really reflects the pace and mood of the track. I hope the general public does too!” The song is the second track from the album following “Vacuum”, which arrived alongside an animated video directed by Jordan Speer and produced by Brain Dead Studios.

Listen to “Passenger Seat” HERE

Watch the Video Premiere HERE

Written in 2019, Under The Weather, is out via Dine Alone Records and is Sagar’s fifth studio album under the Homeshake moniker. The album is an atmospheric, 12-track reflection on the artist’s life and depression, and documents a long, unrelenting period of sadness for the artist. 

Under The Weather also arrives ahead of Homeshake’s 2022 North American tour. Beginning April 2nd in Edmonton, he’ll play 33 dates across North America including stops in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, and more. He’ll be joined by Bay Area artist Salami Rose Joe Louis from April 28th through May 26th. Tickets are available here.

Vinyl for the record, which includes a limited edition Dine Alone Orange Crush variant, is available for pre-order now.

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BROS – Ewan and Shamus Currie of the platinum-selling Canadian band The Sheepdogs release their sophomore full-length album Vol. 2, available now via Dine Alone Records. Produced with Thomas D’Arcy at his Toronto studio Taurus Recording, Vol. 2 features 13 new tracks that run the gamut from Tropicalia and smooth jazz to funky, cop drama-inspired jams and vintage AM radio pop. In celebration, BROS cordially invites listeners to attend the virtual BROS Cocktail Hour featuring performances of new songs and old favourites, via YouTube

 

Since the release of their debut, Vol. 1, BROS have developed a reputation for crafting songs that deliciously combine vintage funk and power pop in the spirit of what Sly & The Family Stone once called a whole new thing. The eclectic flavours of Vol. 1 are taken to new heights; the musical scope is wider, and the worldly sonics more exotic. The power pop refrains sink their hooks deeper, the sly musical jokes sell out harder and the hard charging grooves really pack a wallop. In short, BROS makes music that is fun and colourful, the way it’s supposed to be. 

BROS even got their father Neil Currie, an accomplished musician in his own right, to play some piano, marking the first time they’d ever recorded together. They found his style perfectly suited to the Henry Mancini-esque instrumental “Clams Casino,” just one of several examples on Vol. 2—along with “King Of Kings,” “Snake Dance” and “Theme From BROS”—of the Curries’ skill at writing music that immediately conjures strong visuals. As Ewan says, “I think if I had a chance early in life to be a filmmaker, I might have followed that path, but I realized pretty quickly how hard that is. So making music that sort of evokes the spirit of our favourite movies is something more in our wheelhouse, and certainly more affordable.”

With Vol. 2, the Curries chose to take their time in order to give each song a unique quality, leading to a host of musicians being called in to put down specific parts. Shamus explains, “Since Ewan and I have lived in Toronto, we’ve met a lot of great musicians who we’ve thought would be great to collaborate with. So we were able to bring in some horn players, a tabla player, and anyone able to do what we couldn’t do ourselves. We also called on [Sheepdogs guitarist] Jimmy Bowskill, but only had him play instruments he wouldn’t normally pick up, like fiddle and sitar. Exploration was really the name of the game.”

Of course, there’s more to Vol. 2 than just stunning instrumentals. Ewan’s voice shines on the horn-driven vintage funk of “Never Gonna Stop,” while “It Won’t Be Long” leans heavily on gospel music influences. But for power pop fans, the album’s best moments are to be found on the sugary anthems “Crazy Schemes” and “You Love This Song,” with the latter not making any attempt to hide its earworm aspirations. “That one actually was inspired by a Simpsons episode,” Shamus reveals, “the one where the Navy was using subliminal messaging to appeal to kids. We thought it would be funny to do the opposite—write a song that was just so over-the-top obvious in trying to be catchy. Once we came up with the title, it all kind of grew from there.”

In 2014, when Ewan and Shamus Currie decided to take some time away from their main gig, The Sheepdogs, and indulge in a little musical experimentation under the banner BROS, drawing from influences ranging from Badfinger to Latin music legends such as Gilberto Gil and Os Mutantes. Little did they know that the ensuing Vol. 1 album would establish an entirely new identity for them. What began as a pure studio creation with Vol. 1, BROS not only displays the Curries’ dynamic creative bond, but also their playful sense of humour and easy-going relationship, something that can’t often be said of fraternal musical partnerships. As Ewan says, “The point of BROS isn’t about anything other than Shamus and I—two guys with very diverse record collections—writing and playing the sort of music we wouldn’t get to do in any other situation.”

The combination of visually evocative instrumentals and finely crafted Pop and Soul nuggets has undeniably become BROS’ trademark sound. The brothers received glowing feedback from fans and critics alike, while gaining further attention through the track “Tell Me,” which was adopted as the theme song for CBC Radio’s daily arts program ‘q’. “Tell Me” also peaked at #17 on the Canadian Alternative Rock chart, and to date has racked up a combined 11 million streams. The track has been synced by ESPN US, SportsNet, Hockey Night in Canada, Toronto Blue Jays, and enjoyed in-arena syncs with the Denver Broncos, Minnesota TimberwolvesNew Orleans PelicansMinnesota WildColorado Avalanche and Minnesota Twins. 

Vol. 2 Tracklist:
01. It’s Killing Me
02. Garbanzo Man
03. It Won’t Be Long
04. Never Gonna Stop
05. Hesitating
06. Crazy Schemes
07. Theme From BROS
08. Sunflower
09. You Love This Song
10. Clams Casino
11. Two For Tea
12. Snake Dance
13. King Of Kings

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Stream and purchase Vol. 2 HERE

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Garbanzo Mandirected by BROS and Amanda Burt
Never Gonna Stopdirected by Justin Broadbent and Josh Raskin
Theme From BROSdirected by Rob Fidel