Last week we told you about Alexisonfire‘s newest and final EP Death Letter. Well, the album was released today, and now you can stream all 6 songs on Spotify. Be prepared though, they are all acoustic, piano, and noise-rock versions of some of your favorite AOF songs, and they are not what you might expect. Each performance is a slow and dismal trudge in a sea of dark reverb, truly signifying the end of a once great band. There is no doubt that Death Letter truly lives up to it’s name as a distant swan song for the Canadian post-hardcore outfit. R.I.P. AOF.
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Looks like the guys in Alexisonfire have one last trick up their sleeve before bowing out for good. According to AbsolutePunk.net, the Canadian post-hardcore band will release a new EP called Death Letter through Dine Alone Records on December 4th. The album will contain 6 “acoustic and noise-rock interpretations” of previously released AOF songs, recorded by guitarists and vocalists Dallas Green and Wade MacNeil.
Consider it an early Christmas present—or going away gift, rather—as they take to the road one last time for their farewell tour this December. Check out the album art and tracklisting after the jump.
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All you City And Colour fans out there, get ready for Dallas Green’s next installment of folksy sorrow through soulful singing. According to the Canadian singer-songwriter’s Instagram, recording for the new album is finally done “right before the final #alexisonfire tour!” For those of you who don’t know, Green’s former post-hardcore band Alexisonfire, who broke up last year, are about to embark on a long overdue farewell tour starting on December 2nd in London, UK. While it is sad to see them go, the world has a lot to look forward to with City And Colour’s newest release.
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Still heartbroken about Thrice breaking up? Well don’t you worry. They understand, and just to show how much they care, they’ve put together a 24-song collection of select live recordings from their farewell tour. The limited edition physical 4-LP/2-CD box set is set to be released next week on October 30 by Staple Records, but you can hear it right now streaming on SoundCloud! So grab your buddies and some tissues, sit back, and enjoy the final recordings of Thrice as you weep for the demise of one of our generations greatest bands. (Suck it up. There’s probably gonna be a reunion anyway.)
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Side projects are standard for musicians who want to push their creativity beyond the immediate boundaries of their main bands. Not as common, however, are musicians whose side projects sound completely different from their original groups. Standing firmly in the latter camp is Dallas Green, the guitarist of now defunct screamo/post-hardcore heroes Alexisonfire. Though he became known through his work with the band, Green actually began writing solo acoustic songs before he even joined the group. After the 2005 release of his first solo album Sometimes, he continued to write, record and tour under the moniker City and Colour while playing simultaneously with Alexisonfire. With the recent breakup of Alexisonfire and the June release of Little Hell, Green’s third solo album, City and Colour has since proved to be much more than a mere side project. We caught up with Green to talk about his vision for City and Colour, his advice to musicians in a similar position and his favorite spot to skate in Canada.
OS: You play a lot of different instruments including guitar, piano, banjo and drums. If you could learn to play any other instrument, what would it be?
DG: The pedal steel guitar. I think it is the most beautiful sounding instrument in the world.
OS: You had jobs at a Footlocker, a record store and a movie theater before your music career took off. How did these different jobs affect your musical creativity?
DG: Haha. Not at all!
DF: There’s a pretty low key park in downtown Toronto at Bathurst and Dundas that I like to go to. I’m not as good as I once was, and my thirty-year-old bones feel it a lot more than my eighteen-year-old bones!
OS: You obviously have a very diverse group of interests and talents. Does that explain your decision to explore different musical projects?
DG: I guess so. I’m just a fan of music. I listen to a ton of different bands and artists, so in turn it creates a myriad of ideas in my writing.
OS: In your past endeavors you’ve been very active in the Canadian indie scene. With all your international touring how do you manage to stay connected to that tight-knit community?
DG: I’m not sure if I’m still connected to any one scene. I’d like to think that I’m a proud Canadian musician, but I’m not sure what those “indie” folks would say.
OS: With the recent breakup of Alexisonfire, what’s your vision for City and Colour now that you’ve made the total commitment to this one project?
DG: First and foremost, I’m going to go and tour all of the places I haven’t been able to in the past. Then I’d like to take some time away from music for the first time in a long while and see what happens.
OS: Can you give any advice to people in heavy bands who secretly want to play a softer kind of music as well?
DG: I don’t think there should be any secrets! There aren’t rules when it comes to music. If you feel good about something, then listen to it. Same goes for making music. Who cares what anyone else thinks?