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Event Archive - 2 SHOWS (4:30 AA / 9:00 19+): Alexisonfire, Cancer Bats, Attack In Black

Wed. October 4th 2006 Element (No Minors)
4:30 pm
Sold Out
Presented by: Atomique Productions
When a band names themselves after the world's only lactating contortionist, you know you are in for something different; and as with the original act, you know that some people are going to be fascinated, some will be in awe, and some will consider the whole lot to be a complete and utter waste of time. This is a band of extremes: screaming and pleading, ugly and beautiful, poetic and obscene, obvious and sublime. You can think of them however you want. That is after all, the point.

alexisonfire rose up out of the Southern Ontario underground in late 2001 like some monstrous and utterly captivating car-accident-in-progress. Hitting the ground with an immediate full head of steam, Dallas, Wade, George, Jesse and Chris have not only impressed the critics with their sour/sweet approach to performance and writing, but are recognized for their stellar musicianship, and the palpably pent-up tightness of the band live.

This is music for both sides of your brain. In your left ear, the poignant and melodic vocals of Dallas, injected with the devilishly sweet phrasings of the axe-wielding Wade, speak of impulse and introspection. In your right ear, George offers the testimony of the tortured soul, syncopated power-scream vocals that energize and counterpoint -- a couple of cartoon-character angels and devils sitting on your shoulders, offering 2 very different interpretations of the same musical message.

alexisonfire knows that the fans aren't stupid. The fans know the real deal when they see it, and in the case of AOF, they seem to have told 2 friends, who told 2 friends, and so on. During the year that followed the release of their self-titled 2002 debut album, the band has shot into the mainstream media like a streaker at an All-Star game: 3 videos reach the top 5 on MuchMusic (the first "hardcore" artist to ever chart at #1), a US deal with Equal Vision (cred-worthy home of Coheed & Cambria), a sponsorship with Blink-182's clothing startup Atticus, an MMVA nomination for the "Pulmonary Archery" video, a Best Video Award for "Pulmonary Archery" at The Indies (Canadian Independent Music Awards) , and the everlasting status as the posterboys for hardcore crossover appeal. This may all sound like SOP for an up-and-coming rock ensemble, but wait a minute; this is HARDCORE music - often described by members of the band as "the sound of two Catholic high-school girls in mid-knife-fight". This hasn't happened before.

Nobody is more aware of this fact than the boys in alexisonfire. Taking it all in stride, they remain guile-less, affable, and capable of equal amounts of sarcasm and self-deprecation. They rock the MuchOnDemand studios like it's a sweaty all-ages venue in St. Catharines, which in turn is rocked like they did when AOF germinated in the basements and rec-rooms of their now-proud but baffled parents not so long ago. Their songs scream of intellectual fury basted with ladlefuls of vocal pop melody; it's a bipolar magnet, and if you stop and listen, or God forbid, see a live show, it'll all oddly start to make sense. There's a new album in the can, and their latest video for "Waterwings" is loaded with everything the kids love about them: power, emotion, humor, and most importantly, Wade's interpretive dancing. Resistance is futile.

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One of the best new bands in Canada, Alexisonfire are hot after releasing their second album, Watch Out!! (available in stores). You can catch the video for their first single, Accidents, on Much Music and be sure to request it. Alexisonfire will be crossing Canada for the third time, this fall, with friends: Hopesfall, Moneen and Closet Monste... more info

Cancer Bats (Punk fucking rock)

Cancer Bats have come to destroy. Fueled by a burning desire to rage harder, play louder and have more fun than any other band, Cancer Bats mix hardcore, southern metal and punk rock into a lethal rock and roll explosion. The band originated in May of 2004 with singer Liam Cormier and guitarist Scott Middleton, former member of Toronto metal ban... more info

Attack In Black

One day all the machines in the world will quit. The shadows of human lives, alive only to toil in dust and digits for they know not art or life or living, will combust at once to the beat of freedom songs heard from afar. Construction sites will rust and tractors will be tomorrow's dinosaurs of today. Heaven-longing eyes will live their lust and e... more info
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