Old Crows/Young Cardinals (Dine Alone)
On Old Crows, the first track from Alexisonfire’s fourth album, George Pettit screams the chorus “We are not the kids we used to be.” He’s right, the screamo boys from St. Catharines have come a long way since 2001, when their Pulmonary Archery video pushed this genre into the mainstream, where the band has stayed comfortably ever since.
They used to go for the throat on every song, Pettit screaming his guts out and Dallas Green crooning the melody. Now the songwriting is more ambitious, cerebral and not always out to attack, and third vocalist Wade MacNeil is increasingly putting his stamp on the sound. It doesn’t always come together, as on plodding rocker The Northern, but potent tunes like Young Cardinals and Born And Raised show Alexisonfire at their visceral best.
Top track: Old Crows
Alexisonfire tear up Edgefest at Downsview Park on June 20.