don't keep pushing familiar drugs
What a strange, winding road back to greatness Alexisonfire took. The seemingly unstoppable juggernaut of top-tier post-hardcore derailed themselves, following Crisis with the uninspired, half-hearted snooze Old Crows / Young Cardinals. The boys quickly course corrected with the truly insane Nick Cave-meets-blues-rock-inspired Dogs Blood, then left the scene hanging for nearly a decade on an underwhelming acoustic EP.
More time has passed since their last outing - 2009's Old Crows/Young Cardinals - was released than Alexisonfire were active for prior to its release. They were a defining voice in post-hardcore and alternative music back in their inital days, but in 2022, they're returning to a new guard - many of which can probably cite the Canadian legends as an influence. During their break, Alexisonfire have far from faded, they're still topping festival bills with their back catalogue, and cementing their power (most recently representing the best of punk and post-hardcore's blurry boundary at Slam Dunk in the headline spot).