Hard rockers Alexisonfire have premiered the video for “Familiar Drugs” today. The band once again teamed up with Michael Maxxis who directed their personal favorite AOF 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 4 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.”

Michael Maxxis commented, “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 She represents the withdrawn and disinterested sales force that is out there moving product to make a buck – regardless of what it is.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.”

The band also announced very special support acts, personally selected by the band, for their upcoming June headline shows. The tour kicks off in London (UK) 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 2nd night.

Says George Pettit, “These are all bands we know and respect, and think are rad. Make sure you come early!” See below for ticket links and a few words from Pettit about each support act.


June 1 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace w/Chastity and Child’s Pose
June 7 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 w/Angel Du$t
June 8 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 w/Drug Church
June 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern w/Drug Church
June 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern w/The Dirty Nil
June 15 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage w/Glassjaw and The Dirty Nil
June 16 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage – w/Quicksand and Moneen
July 12 – Ottawa, ON @ RBC Bluesfest – Lebreton Flats


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