Alexisonfire Reunion: City and Colour's Dallas Green Says His Old Band Will Return for Proper Farewell Shows
decision," he says. "I just sort of felt creatively I had run my course with Alexisonfire. I just, every time I picked up my guitar nothing would come out. Everything I would end up writing became Little Hell. So at that point I just figured 'y'know what I need to give this a shot.' Because at that point, and I guess for the last three or four years I hadn't really put all my focus on one side of it, I was just sort of splitting it down the middle [between AOF and C&C] and I think that was starting to affect me mentally and I was starting to worry whether I was going to be able to put enough of myself into either project. So I made the decision and I think it worked out. And I think now all of the guys appreciate it a little more now than they did when it first happened and we're all pals and talking and stuff like that."
Speaking of the band, unlike, say, the on-again, off-again Van Halen reunion, the various members of Alexisonfire seem to be on good terms again.
"[Singer] George [Pettit] and I go to Jays games and stuff when I'm home," says Green, who made four proper albums with Alexis dating back to 2002. "Same with Chris [Steele, bass] and I saw Beardo [Jordan Hastings, drums] at a NXNE barbecue.
"Obviously, I don't talk to them as much as I used to be because I used to see them every day of my life. But it was the same thing, when we weren't touring, we didn't talk every day either. When you're with someone every day when you get home you split up. I'd like to say that we're still all pals."
As for those actual reunion shows, don't expect one or two big money cash-grab festival appearances where the band laughs all the way to the bank. Alexisonfire were always willing to play club shows, or small, secret shows to support their scene if they thought it was a good idea