Alexisonfire premiere clip for “Familiar Drugs,” add 2nd NYC show + more

Alexisonfire by Vanessa Heins

Canadian post-hardcore outfit Alexisonfire have released an official video for their newest song and first fresh single in eight years, “Familiar Drugs,” which was directed by Michael Maxxis, who has directed previous videos for the band.

“Everything came together really fast,” says lead guitarist and backing vocalist Wade MacNeil. “Maxxis flew into Toronto with a crew of 4 people, found the plainest room he could and shot us on VHS tape and cellphones in a day. We were all really drawn to the vibe of old punk documentaries and videos from the 70’s and 80’s. We asked for a lo fi, no bullshit performance video and that’s what he delivered.”

Talking about the clip, Maxxis states, “I thought it would be cool to put a very normal woman in this tight space with Alexisonfire performing. She represents the withdrawn and disinterested sales force that is out there moving product to make a buck – regardless of what it is. She doesn’t give a shit about this band or their music – maybe she even thinks it’s stupid. There’s no passion there, so she stands miserably in the background. A nice metaphor for life I think.”

Watch the video below.

As mentioned, Alexisonfire is set to headline NYC’s Terminal 5 on June 8, a show that is sold out and features just announced opening support from Drug Church. A second showing at the same venue was recently confirmed for June 7, boasting backup from Angel Du$t [TIX].

Additionally, Alexisonfire have confirmed support acts The Dirty Nil, Glassjaw, Quicksand, and others in select markets. An updated list of gigs can be viewed below.


June 1 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace w/ Chastity and Child’s Pose
June 7 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 w/ Angel Du$t
June 8 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 w/ Drug Church
June 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern w/ Drug Church
June 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern w/ The Dirty Nil
June 15 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage w/ Glassjaw and The Dirty Nil
June 16 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage w/ Quicksand and Moneen
July 12 – Ottawa, ON @ RBC Bluesfest – Lebreton Flats


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