Video Premiere: ALEXISONFIRE’s ‘Familiar Drugs’

Tuesday, 16 April 2019
ALEXISONFIRE has premiered the official video for "Familiar Drugs". The bandmembers once again teamed up with Michael Maxxis, who directed their personal favorite ALEXISONFIRE video for "The Northern" and CITY AND COLOUR's "Fragile Bird", "Thirst" and "Lover Come Back". "Everything came together really fast," says Wade MacNeil. "Maxxis flew into Toronto with a crew of four people, found the plainest room he could and shot us on VHS tape and cellphones in a day. We were all really drawn to the vibe of old punk documentaries and videos from the '70s and '80s. We asked for a lo-fi, no-bullshit performance video and that's what he delivered." Says Maxxis: "I thought it would be cool to put a very normal woman in this tight space with ALEXISONFIRE performing. She represents the withdrawn and disinterested sales force that is out there moving product to make a buck — regardless of what it is. She doesn't give a shit about this band or their music — maybe she even thinks it's stupid. There's no passion there, so she stands miserably in the background. A nice metaphor for life, I think." In other news, ALEXISONFIRE has announced very special support acts, personally selected by the band, for its upcoming June headline shows. The tour kicks off in London (U.K.) on June 1, with stops in New York, Los Angeles, and wraps up in Toronto at Budweiser Stage for two consecutive nights, the first of which is sold out. One of two dates at each The Wiltern in Los Angeles and Terminal 5 in New York are also sold out. The featured support acts are CHASTITY and CHILD'S POSE in London (UK), ANGEL DU$T and DRUG CHURCH in New York City, DRUG CHURCH and THE DIRTY NIL in Los Angeles. In Toronto, GLASSJAW and THE DIRTY NIL will perform the first night at Budweiser Stage, with QUICKSAND and MONEEN filling in as support for the second night. Says George Pettit: "These are all bands we know and respect, and think are rad. Make sure you come early!" Photo credit: Vanessa Heins

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