Filed under: Blogs | Tags: 2011, card, christmas, christmas tree, gary, hampton, happy, holidays, jess, merry christmas everyone, riding, space, stein, tree
Merry Christmas, everyone!
And thank you, Jess Stein, for drawing this card for me. I literally just said ‘draw me riding a Christmas tree through space!‘ and she created this wonderful piece of art.
Filed under: Blogs, Music | Tags: 2001, 2011, alexisonfire, aof, break up, rip
This morning Alexisonfire officially announced that they won’t be a band anymore. This news isn’t a huge surprise, and while it’s sad news to take, it’s probably for the best. As George’s goodbye message mentioned, Dallas has decided to focus on City and Colour full time and Wade has joined another band, so to replace both of them and try to keep going as AOF just wouldn’t be the same. For that reason alone, I would agree that this is a good time for them to end things.
I was first made aware of the band during Warped Tour in the summer of 2002. I was in a band called Reasonable Doubt at the time, and while we weren’t playing the tour we did go to the Barrie date with a stack of cd’s to hand out to the crowd in an attempt to spread the word about our band. While handing these cd’s out with my band mate Paul we ran into Jesse and Dallas of Alexisonfire who were also handing out sampler cd’s, except they were actually playing a show that day. We talked briefly about our bands and then went to their van to give each other’s music a listen. Obviously, they were much better than us. While we were playing high school pop-punk, they were onto something completely fresh and exciting, and in that moment sitting in their van listening to a demo version of .44 Caliber Love Letter, I knew this band was about to do something big. That being said, I had no idea just how big they would become.
The following summer I started running a street team for Billy Talent. Continue reading