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Saying Farewell to Growing up | The Only Band Ever

15 Jan
Alexisonfire @ The Copps Coliseum, December 30th, 2012 | credit: Jeanette LeBlanc

Alexisonfire @ The Copps Coliseum, December 30th, 2012 | credit: Jeanette LeBlanc

Concert Review By: Jeanette LeBlanc

On December 30th, 2012, something big happened in my life- well my music life. I stood in the floor section at the Copps Coliseum and watched as thousands of us “fans” said good-bye. Good-bye to the only band ever, Alexisonfire. I think it’s safe to say that Alexisonfire started something big in the rock music industry, and that was being the first band with screaming vocals that our parents didn’t insist we turn off while we felt like a bunch of bad-ass’ (well at least at my house). My Mom would always say “I love that Green guy, he’s amazing”. Yes, she was refferring to Dallas Green, no matter how many times I told her his full name, it just wouldn’t stick. It then became evident that our parents were not the only “non-delinquents” who could tollerate and enjoy the band, because before we all knew it- they were on the radio! And boy did it make us kids happy. Alexisonfire was now that really cool band that related to and accepted everyone- regardless of whatever “clique” you were involved in, everyone liked them and if you didn’t, you weren’t about to make fun of some kid who did.

The self-titled album “Alexisonfire” came out on September 9th, 2002- this put me around 11 years-old and I feel like I must have been older but I do remember listening to them at my local pre-teen dance and thinking that 44 Caliber Love Letter and myself were the coolest things happening in the dance but one of them was wearing fishnets and black lipstick- and fortunately for everyone else’s sake, it was not Alexisonfire. That album really influenced and helped me stay true to my taste in heavy music at that age, and I’m so apprieciative of that now because thinking back, the most popular songs at that dance were Dutty Wine and Usher’s Oh– just thank god.

Eventually, after awkward pre-teen bumn grabs and the ugliest stage of puberty- highschool came along, and with that came Watch Out! I have to say, this one really had the strongest impact in my life. Grade 9 was a terrifying year for me, as it is for everyone else and I honestly think Alexisonfire knew that. They knew exactly how to relate to the up’s and down’s, the heart-break, the anxiety, the excitement and the reality of being a teenager. Watch Out! got me ready for school everyday and put me to sleep every night. People came and went during that time but somehow, no matter how far away I may have drifted from Alexisonfire at times, reuniting with them always felt good and as if no time had passed.

Finally, after more heart-break and exploring of the unknown, 2006 brought us Crisis and with that came Rough Hands– my all-time favourite song. Rough Hands made me feel love and loved. It’s scary how everytime I listen to the album I can just imagine myself as the old me and feel like I’ve managed to travel back in time to that moment where I felt content and excited.

2009 came faster than I expected and with it, another flawless album- Old Crows/ Young Cardinals. Now I know that three years is the average amount of time it takes for a band to release a new album but to me, that gap between albums was basically my highschool years, which meant that Old Crows/ Young Cardinals truely felt like a new start and it really did sound like it too. That album brought along changing seasons and a whole new love that I didn’t even know existed.

Everything over the years brought me to Copps Coliseum that day, and by the looks on everyone else’s faces, I wasn’t alone in feeling that way. Alexisonfire’s fans proved that they are more than just a band, they are the only band ever. The passion and dedication in that stadium was clearly evident and Alexisonfire deserved every ounce of respect that was thrown their way that night and throughout every single show they have ever played. They proved that being an Alexisonfire fan isn’t about having Alexisonfire tattoos, knowing the words to every song, dressing like you just came out of a rock music video, or even being cool. Being an Alexisonfire fan is about growing up and every single thing that comes along with it. George Pettit told us that night that “This is not a funeral but a celebration” and those words really stuck with me because it truely was a celebration- a celebration of growing up.

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