Buzzed Bands Podcast, Ep. 2 w/ Cold Blood Club

Friday, June 15, 2007

Alexisonfire @ Knitting Factory 6/12

On Tuesday I went and saw one of my favorite bands, Alexisonfire, at the Knitting Factory. I was very excited about this show because it's been a while since I've seen AOF and they are fucking excellent live.

We got to the show right before Emmanuel went one. I headed to the bar for their set because, well... they suck. After a PBR and about 25 minutes it was over and Alexis started setting up. We waited for everyone to clear the floor to go smoke and drink and grabbed a spot against the wall up front.

A few minutes later the room filled up and the band came onto the stage. Once they started the place exploded. The beauty of and Alexisonfire show is EVERYONE there knows the words to every song. The crowd gets so into it when they play because they have super loyal fans, like myself.

The thing AOF is known for is being regular dudes so when they play it's like an old school hardcore show in that everyone hops up on stage with them and sings along. Not that anyone can come close to matching the near perfect voice of Dallas but it's all in good fun.

The set was short as all hell but they played some great songs and closed with "Accidents" which of course got everyone going crazy. Afterwords the crowd started chanting "One more song, One more song" over and over for about 5 minutes. Here's the thing though... they weren't headlining! This was a Funeral For A Friend show and everyone wanted an encore from Alexisonfire. I've been to lots of shows and the only time I've ever even heard of that happening was when Skynyrd opened for the Who (except Skynyrd actually played the encore).

After the the show I was outside talking to a business associate who was at both shows (they played the night before too) and he said Alexisonfire blew everyone off the stage both nights. And just like tonight half of the crowd left before FFAF ever even struck a note.

The point is that Alexisonfire is one of the best bands out there right now. If you haven't heard them yet I highly recommend purchasing some albums and concert tickets.

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