Alexisonfire (album)

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Studio album by Alexisonfire
Released October 31, 2002[1]
Genre Post-hardcore
Length 42:16
Label Canada Distort Entertainment
United States Equal Vision
Australia Cooking Vinyl
United Kingdom Sorepoint
Producer Alexisonfire, Greg Below
Alexisonfire chronology
Pink Heart Skull Sampler
Brown Heart Skull Sampler
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Sincerity (70%)[2]

Alexisonfire is the first studio album released by the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire. It was released on October 31, 2002 and recorded when members Chris Steele, Wade MacNeil and Jesse Ingelevics were only 17 years old. In October 2005, the album was given gold certification as it sold over 50,000 units in Canada.

The cover art was photographed by lead singer George Pettit at Ferndale Public School in St.Catharines, Ontario. Pictured is Cassandra Paolella (holding the knife) and Amanda Rietveld (opposite). It is based on the lyrics from "A Dagger Through the Heart of St. Angeles". There was also an alternative cover art released, which just depicts the band's logo and name.

The lyrics and title of ".44 Caliber Love Letter" are influenced by a line from the iconic 1986 David Lynch movie Blue Velvet: "I'll have to send you a love letter! Straight from my heart, fucker! You know what a love letter is? It's a bullet from a fucking gun, fucker!" Another Lynch film, Eraserhead, is mentioned by name in "Where No One Knows".

On January 14, 2014, a remastered version of the album by Dine Alone Records was released.

The album is considered a major landmark of the post-hardcore genre.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Alexisonfire

No. Title Length
1. ".44 Caliber Love Letter"   4:31
2. "Counterparts and Number Them"   2:18
3. "Adelleda"   5:47
4. "A Dagger Through the Heart of St. Angeles"   4:12
5. "Polaroids of Polar Bears"   5:08
6. "Waterwings (And Other Poolside Fashion Faux Pas)"   2:41
7. "Where No One Knows"   3:12
8. "The Kennedy Curse"   3:38
9. "Jubella"   2:29
10. "Little Girls Pointing and Laughing"   4:54
11. "Pulmonary Archery"   3:26
Total length:


Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog Notes
Canada October 31, 2002[3] Distort Entertainment CD DE-002
United States September 9, 2003[4] Equal Vision Records CD EVR89 Digipak
United Kingdom July 5, 2004[5] Sorepoint Records CD Sore018cd Alternate cover
Germany ca.2004/2005 Defiance Records LP Limited edition


  • "Pulmonary Archery"
  • "Counterparts and Number Them"
  • "Waterwings (And Other Poolside Fashion Faux Pas)"

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Distort Entertainment". 2002. Archived from the original on 2002. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Chat Rooms | Cash Advance | Debt Consolidation | Insurance at". Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  3. ^ "Distort Entertainment". 2002. Archived from the original on 2002. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Alexisonfire: Equal Vision Records". Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sorepoint Records: Alexisonfire". August 16, 2004. Archived from the original on August 16, 2004. Retrieved February 1, 2013.