Dallas Green Says Alexisonfire Was 'Killing' Him, Is Fine Being 'The Villain' After Split
When Alexisonfire announced they were splitting up last Friday with an official band statement by singer George Pettit, the Canadian punk band's other singer, Dallas Green, was doing what he's so often doing of late: Touring solo under his other moniker, City and Colour.
It was precisely this dual life and schedule that led him to leave the band he co-founded in 2001, a decision he took back in 2010 and kept quiet about until now. After performing a City and Colour set at Lollapalooza in Chicago this Sunday, Green sat down to explain why he felt it necessary to choose one project over the other and how he feels about the idea of a future Alexisonfire final tour.
The press release said you quit over a year ago. Why keep it a secret until now?
I wanted to do it 15 months ago. But when I told the guys that I was planning to leave the band when we finished touring at the end of last year, they didn't want to say anything because they thought it put a lot of pressure on them to come up with a decision right away about what they were going to do. I wanted to announce that I was leaving the band so that people who maybe weren't going to come to those shows because "I've seen Alexis five times, I'll wait 'til they come through again" would know that it was going to be the last time you'd get to see Alexisonfire as what we were.
But everyone else wanted to wait, and I respected their wishes, because everyone knew what I was going to do, and obviously they were shocked and didn't have a gameplan. Then as time went on, it started getting tough because I was doing press for my new record and I had to lie. I felt really weird about lying about it, so I tried to answer it a vague way so that when it