Ongoing History of New Music

The Ongoing History of New Music, encore presentation: Alexisonfire – In Their Own Words

[Whilst I’m off in Asia this week, here’s a look back at one of the most-request episodes of the year.]

A band is like a plant. Stay with me on this because it will make sense.

Like a plant, a band grows from seeds to maturity, flowers, bursts forth with new seeds and then eventually withers and dies. The cycle of life, you know?

But like plants (or animals or any other living thing), the lifespan of any given band varies greatly. You might last as long as a single rehearsal (a dandelion?) Or you might find eventually find yourself on some kind of 50th-anniversary tour (the rock equivalent of a bristlecone pine tree that can live up to 5,000 years).

Then we we have bands that form, rise to a peak, hit some kind of downhill slope, then break up. But then they reform again for any number of reasons, which could lead into a completely new second act. And thus things begin anew–and maybe even under better circumstances than anyone thought possible.

Here’s a case study, a deconstruction of a band’s journey from formation to breakup to reunion. This is the history of Alexisonfire.

Songs in this show (all by Alexisonfire):

Familiar Drugs

Pulmonary Archery


This Could Be Anywhere in the World

Boiled Frogs

Young Cardinals

The Dead Heart

Playlistist Eric Wilhite has created this for us.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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