Alexisonfire Debut on Billboard Top 200 at #81!


ALEXISONFIRE have come back from 2006’s breakout album Crisis with their highest single sales week ever in the U.S. The Canadian rockers’ new disc OLD CROWS / YOUNG CARDINALS debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart this week at #81 and #9 in the independent album chart, selling over 5,700 copies–an increase of 35% from first week sales of Crisis. In their native Canada, ALEXISONFIRE landed at #2, selling an impressive 15,400 copies, coming in behind the Black Eyed Peas by less than 1500 units. In the U.K., the album charted at #70, marking a 17% increase from their previous album.
For the new album–released June 23 on Vagrant Records (U.S.A.) and on Dine Alone and RoadRunner in the rest of the world–ALEXISONFIRE re-teamed with Julius Butty who also produced the group’s Crisis and Watch Out! discs. OLD CROWS / YOUNG CARDINALS is the first album from the group in almost three years and continues to receive critical praise (see quotes below).

The band is currently touring the U.S with the 2009 Vans Warped Tour joining NOFX, 3Oh!3, Bad Religion, Flogging Molly, TSOL, Underoath and many more on the annual punk rock extravaganza which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. The group was also recently added to the Toronto stop on July 10. In a live review from the kick-off show in Pomona, CA on June 26, Los Angeles Times writer August Brown said, “The thick-necked and unexpectedly catchy stomp of Alexisonfire was a rewarding late afternoon pick-me-up…” (6/29/09). Post Warped, the group are confirmed to play both the main stage and Lock Up stages of both the Reading and Leeds U.K. festivals (with two sets per day) performing alongside Kings of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs and Placebo, to name a few.


“Alexisonfire’s Old Crows / Young Cardinals marks a major policy shift… …Pettit has traded his trademark shrieking for a gargling-with-gravel punk attack. It sounds like all those summers hanging at the cottage with Lemmy Kilmister and Lars Frederiksen finally made him realize there’s more than one way to blow out your vocal cords. That makes Old Crows/Young Cardinals a welcome reinvention, no matter how much you loved to shred your larynx by singing along to ‘Pulmonary Archery.’ “
–Mike Usinger, ALTERNATIVE PRESS (July 2009 issue)

“Hardcore punk, post-hardcore, hardcore metal… On their fourth full length overall, 2009’s Old Crows / Young Cardinals, you get a bit of all three aforementioned styles, with a healthy dose of melody stirred into the sonic blender to boot. And this hodgepodge approach should certainly bring Alexisonfire some U.S. rock radio airplay (they already scored their breakthrough hit back home on their previous album, 2006’s Crisis), especially such standout tracks as the leadoff single, ‘Young Cardinals,’ as well as the album-opening ‘Old Crows,’ ‘The Northern,’ and the surprisingly tranquil and sweetly sung album closer, Burial.’”
–Greg Prato, ALL MUSIC GUIDE (June 2009)

“Old Crows / Young Cardinals is really good. It’s fast and intense, Dallas sounds great, and it’s just an in-your-face type of album. AOF fans will love…”
–Drew Beringer, ABSOLUTE PUNK.NET, album preview (June 2009)

ALEXISONFIRE will tour throughout 2009:
Vans Warped Tour 2009 (entire summer run):
Thu 7/2 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Fri 7/3 Houston, TX The Showgrounds-Sam Houston Race Park
Sun 7/5 Dallas, TX Center
Tue 7/7 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Wed 7/8 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
Thu 7/9 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
Fri 7/10 Toronto, ON Arrow Hall
Sat 7/11 Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapeau
Sun 7/12 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
Tue 7/14 Washington, DC Merriweather Post Pavilion
Wed 7/15 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
Thu 7/16 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Fri 7/17 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 7/18 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Sun 7/19 Oceanport, NJ Monmouth Park Racetrack
Tue 7/21 Boston, MA Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
Wed 7/22 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Thu 7/23 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 7/24 Orlando, FL Central Florida Fairgrounds
Sat 7/25 Miami, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Sun 7/26 Tampa, FL Vinoy Park
Tue 7/28 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
Wed 7/29 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Thu 7/30 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
Fri 7/31 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
Sat 8/1 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun 8/2 Minneapolis, MN Canterbury Park
Mon 8/3 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Tue 8/4 Kansas City, MO Sandstone Amphitheatre
Fri 8/7 Boise, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
Sat 8/8 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fairgrounds
Sun 8/9 Denver, CO Invesco Field
Wed 8/12 Calgary, AB Race City Speedway
Fri 8/14 Vancouver, BC Thunderbird Stadium
Sat 8/15 Seattle, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
Sun 8/16 Portland, OR Washington County Fairgrounds
Wed 8/19 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Thu 8/20 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Fri 8/21 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sat 8/22 San Diego, CA Cricket Amphitheatre
Sun 8/23 Los Angeles, CA Home Depot Center
Reading Festival main stage:
Fri 8/28 Reading, UK Reading Festival
Leeds Festival main stage:
Sun 8/30 Leeds, UK Leeds Festival
European trek with Anti-Flag, The Fall of Troy and Ghost of a Thousand:
Wed 10/7 Cambridge, UK Junction
Thu 10/8 Norwich, UK UEA
Fri 10/9 Oxford, UK Academy 1
Sat 10/10 Nottingham, UK Rock City
Sun 10/11 Bristol, UK Anson Rooms
Wed 10/14 London, UK Forum
Fri 10/16 Glasgow, UK ABC
Sat 10/17 Leeds, UK University Refectory
Sun 10/18 Manchester, UK Academy
Tue 10/20 Birmingham, UK Academy
Wed 10/21 Portsmouth, UK Pyramids
Fri 10/23 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Den Atelier
Sat 10/24 Berlin, Germany Postbahnhof
Sun 10/25 Prague, Czech Republic Roxy
Tue 10/27 Leipzig, Germany Werk 2
Wed 10/28 Stuttgart, Germany Longhorn
Thu 10/29 Munich, Germany Backstage Werk
Fri 10/30 Pratteln, Switzerland Z7
Mon 11/2 Milan, Italy Musicdrome
Mon 11/9 Paris, France Elysee Monmarte
Tue 11/10 Wiesbaden, Germany Schlachthof
Thu 11/12 Antwerp, Belgium Hof Ter Lo
Fri 11/13 Koln, Germany E Werk
Sat 11/14 Amsterdam, Holland Melkweg
Sun 11/15 Hamburg, Germany Docks
Tue 11/17 Gothenburg, Sweden Brew House
Wed 11/18 Stockholm, Sweden Klubben

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