Alexisonfire have wound up after a decade. There's a statement from George Pettit:
Almost a year ago Dallas informed us that he would be leaving after we finished our Old Crows/Young Cardinals tour cycle. Trying to balance his life between touring with us and at the same time quelling the success of City And Colour was a task too difficult to continue managing. He informed us he wanted to focus his efforts on City And Colour.There's a suggestion that there might be one last tour of Canada to say goodbye.
The rest of us discussed the future of the band. After much deliberation we decided to continue and attempt the difficult task of replacing Dallas, but time got the best of us.Over the last six months we all dealt with a litany of personal issues, which pulled us further and further from Alexisonfire.
In addition to that, Wade was recently asked to join another band and he felt it was an opportunity he would like to pursue.
Replacing one guitar/singer/writer was something we thought was possible, but replacing two would run the serious risk of perverting the legacy of what we had achieved. So we all took a good hard swallow and decided to end it so it would never get old and ugly.
Was the break-up amicable? Not really. Was it necessary? Probably. Regardless, the members of the this band are my family, and I wish them nothing but good fortune.
I wonder if they'll sell on their rather fine theonlybandever.com domain.