Alexisonfire Keep Holding Onto Hope On Uplifting New Single 'Sans Soleil'

  • Alexisonfire Keep Holding Onto Hope On Uplifting New Single 'Sans Soleil'
    POSTED 19 May 2022

    AOF 2022
    Photo credit: Vanessa Heins

    Alexisonfire have unveiled Sans Soleil the latest single from Otherness, their first full-length album in over 13 years. Sans Soleil features earnest and deeply heartfelt lyrics penned by Wade MacNeil, with an impeccable vocal performance from Dallas Green.

    Speaking on the song's origins, vocalist George Pettit shares

    “Wade came in with the lyrics for this song around the same time he had been working on the Dooms Children record and I feel like it shows. The Dooms Children album touched on a lot of things extremely personal to Wade and this song is definitely in that vein.”

    MacNeil elaborates on Pettit's point, providing a little more insight into its lyrical meaning.

    "This song is about hanging onto hope during the heaviest times. Healing and letting go. Dreaming of a future where all this hurt is behind you."

    Otherness will be released on June 24th via Dine Alone Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia. The video for the first single Sweet Dreams Of Otherness was directed by the inimitable actor/director Jay Baruchel (GoonThis Is The EndRandom Acts of ViolenceHow to Train Your Dragon). 

    Watch the video for Sweet Dreams Of Otherness.

    The band also released a mission statement for the album at the time of Sweet Dreams Of Otherness release stating 

    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."

    Sweet Dreams Of Otherness was followed by the fiery Reverse The Curse, a track that turns back the clock a to the golden period of Alexisonfire, blending aggressive, almost caustic verses from George Pettit and a soaring chorus from guitarist Dallas Green which weave in and out of a wirey alt-rock and hardcore infused sonic tapestry.

    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). 

    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 KellyJill 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.”

    otherness artwork AOF

    Alexisonfire - Otherness

    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

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AOF 2022
Photo credit: Vanessa Heins

Alexisonfire have unveiled Sans Soleil the latest single from Otherness, their first full-length album in over 13 years. Sans Soleil features earnest and deeply heartfelt lyrics penned by Wade MacNeil, with an impeccable vocal performance from Dallas Green.

Speaking on the song's origins, vocalist George Pettit shares

“Wade came in with the lyrics for this song around the same time he had been working on the Dooms Children record and I feel like it shows. The Dooms Children album touched on a lot of things extremely personal to Wade and this song is definitely in that vein.”

MacNeil elaborates on Pettit's point, providing a little more insight into its lyrical meaning.

"This song is about hanging onto hope during the heaviest times. Healing and letting go. Dreaming of a future where all this hurt is behind you."

Otherness will be released on June 24th via Dine Alone Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia. The video for the first single Sweet Dreams Of Otherness was directed by the inimitable actor/director Jay Baruchel (GoonThis Is The EndRandom Acts of ViolenceHow to Train Your Dragon). 

Watch the video for Sweet Dreams Of Otherness.

The band also released a mission statement for the album at the time of Sweet Dreams Of Otherness release stating 

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."

Sweet Dreams Of Otherness was followed by the fiery Reverse The Curse, a track that turns back the clock a to the golden period of Alexisonfire, blending aggressive, almost caustic verses from George Pettit and a soaring chorus from guitarist Dallas Green which weave in and out of a wirey alt-rock and hardcore infused sonic tapestry.

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). 

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 KellyJill 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.”

otherness artwork AOF

Alexisonfire - Otherness

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

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