Canadian post-hardcore outfit Alexisonfire have dropped a nearly-seven-minute song to ring in the new year, titled ‘Season of the Flood’. The release was premiered on BBC 1’s Rock Show with Daniel P Carter and unveiled online a short time after. It was first teased four days ago from the band on their Twitter page, marking their first post of 2020.
The track represents Alexisonfire’s third musical release over the last twelve months, following on from 2019 singles ‘Familiar Drugs’ and ‘Complicit’. Despite a thorough touring schedule, including a stint at Australia’s Unify Festival in 2017, there’s still no word of an album from the revered band, who are known to non-hardcore fans as the other project of City and Colour’s Dallas Green.
Green described being “really proud” of “Season of the Flood”, with the harmony in the chorus delivered by lead guitarist extraordinaire Wade MacNeil and Green allowing Alexis to realise their “dream of becoming the Bee Gees of Screamo”. It’s also the first time that members George Pettit and Green have sung together, a significant milestone in the band’s career since they kicked off in 2001. Unclean vocalist Pettit added that the new release is “one of the best” Alexisonfire songs yet, albeit with a much moodier, atmospheric vibe than their previous work.
We can only hope that the unveiling is the tease for an announcement soon that Alexis are working on a fifth full-length. Their last long-playing album was Old Crows/Young Cardinals, which dates back to 2009. Eleven years is an extensive time to sit on your hands waiting for a new record from your favourite band, and with our extremely high expectations, we’re hoping for some news sooner rather than later. In any case, a new Alexisonfire single isn’t a bad way to kick off 2020.
Check out ‘Season of the Flood’ below.