Alexisonfire @ Scotiabank Saddledome

Alexisonfire
w/ The Distillers and NOBRO
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary, AB
January 23, 2020

Photos and review courtesy of J. Dirom Photography

They emerged from the smoke and red lights, and in a flash, it was on. Alexisonfire has always been energetic, and that I doubt will ever change. It didn’t take long for lead singer George Pettit to tear his way out of his shirt to the delight of fans pressed up against the barricade. Such an effective strategy that that within a song Pettit had replaced his shirt, only to tear it off again, this time throwing it into the crowd. The pit grew, there were more crowd surfers, and it wasn’t long before there was a steady stream of bodies tumbled over the barricade.

Alexisonfire is always captivating to watch from lead guitarist Wade McNeil’s aerial kicks to the always in motion Chris Steel on bass, to the vocal contrast between the clean vocals of Dallas Green and lead singer George Pettit who is also constantly in motion. Alexisonfire is what one wants from a post-hardcore show, high energy, great vocals, and a relentless pit that was packed and there for the entire show!

Alexisonfire showed there is a good reason that they have been credited with bringing heavy music to the forefront and broke that scene wide open in this country. A show well worth catching.

Setlist:
Accidents
Pulmonary Archery
Drunks, Lovers, Sinners and Saints
Boiled Frogs
Side Walk When She Walks
Rough Hands
Control
Crisis
Old Crows
Tom Sawyer
Waterwings (and Other Poolside Fashion Faux Pas)
We Are the Sound
To a Friend
The Northern
Familiar Drugs
.44 Caliber Love Letter
Dog’s Blood
This Could Be Anywhere in the World
Season of the Flood
Young Cardinals
Happiness by the Kilowatt

 

 

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