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Well the news of the week must surely be the most unexpected, yet not super surprising, split of Canadian band Alexisonfire. I mean, on one hand, you never expect a band this incredibly popular to call it quits. Bands work so hard reach the levels of success Alexis' did, so disbanding seemed more and more unlikely the more records they sold.

And damn, Old Crows Young Cardinals was a runaway success, huge, with such a broad audience that even bigger things seemed to be on the horizon. But then again, runaway success would be an understatement for Dallas Green's side project City And Colour. Gee fucking whiz that new album was bonkers popular. Just seeing Melbourne's sold out Palace Theatre lose its shit for Green earlier this year indicated that this solo thing had kinda out-shone the Alexis thing. It was at once beautiful and a bit tragic. Also a little bit devastating is singer George Pettit's note to Alexisonfire fans. So eloquent and grateful and just really fucking sad. Behold some of it's more heartbreaking moments:

 

"We all took a good hard swallow and decided to end it so it would never get old and ugly. Was the break up amicable? Not really. Was it necessary? Probably. Regardless, the member of this band are my family and I wish them nothing but good fortune."

 

"I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to the fans of Alexisonfire around the world. I'm forever grateful to anyone who has ever taken any interest in what we did. You were the coal that stoked our engines. You have given us a spectacular decade, rich with experience and joy. I love you all."

 

Coheed And Cambria have made the unsurprising decision to ditch their bassist following his arrest earlier this year. The band said "We have spoken to him and this is a mutual decision between both parties. Michael was a great contributor; our hearts go out to his family and all those who appreciate his talents."

 

Triple J's Short Fast Loud has revealed it's user-voted mid year report and the results are a little surprising. The Wonder Years' Suburbia I've Given You All And Now I'm Nothing grabbed the number one spot and the only Aussie representation came from Heroes For Hire (#18) and I Exist (#19).

 

Balance And Composure have announced the supports for their upcoming debut tour of Australia. Sydney-siders Phantoms and local boys Cavalcade will join the band on stage at Next on August 25. So much awesome.

 

Chicago's Russian Circles have added another Melbourne show to their tour so now you have the choice to see them at The Corner on Thursday September 8 or The East Brunswick Club on Wednesday September 7. Your call chump! The East Brunny show boasts supports from Encircling Sea, Agonhymn and Hotel Wrecking City Traders.

 

Frenzal Rhomb's Melbourne show at The Corner has, of course, sold out but don't fret. They've added a second show on Sunday September 4 at The Corner. Their new album Smoko At The Pet Food Factory is due for release on August 19.