Dallas Green: ‘Being in Alexisonfire was killing me’

Singer says he is fine 'being the villain' after Canadian punks announce their split

Dallas Green has admitted he wanted to quit Alexisonfire over a year ago and has said that being in the band was “killing him”.

Speaking after the Canadian hardcore punks announced their split on Friday (August 5), the singer, who now plays as City and Colour, told Spinner that he suffered a nervous breakdown after trying to keep both projects going.

Asked why Alexisonfire frontman George Petit had said the split was “not amicable”, Green replied:

It’s the truth, right? They didn’t want me to leave the band. They said, “Why can’t you just keep doing what we’re doing, go back and forth?” Well, that’s why I’m leaving, because it’s killing me. As much as they saw me always on tour and always putting records out back to back to back, I don’t think they really understood that I was literally never home. I’ve had nervous breakdowns. I was in the hospital with pneumonia. I’ve lain in the bus crying uncontrollably at night.

He continued:

I was running myself ragged, trying to appease my commitments to Alexisonfire but also trying to appease all the people that were showing interest in City and Colour. It just got to a point when I had to make a decision. But after 10 years, part of my heart is there [with Alexisonfire], but most of my heart is with this [City And Colour].

Green also said that he was happy for fans to think of him in the villain in the band’s split, despite the fact that Alexisonfire guitarist Wade MacNeil has also left the band to become the new singer in Gallows.

He said:

I knew that no matter how George framed it, I was going to be looked at as the villain. And that’s fine. We were a band way longer than 90 percent of people who heard us in 2011 thought we were going to be.

Green also seemingly ruled out performing a farewell tour with the band, adding: “Like George said, we’ve talked about doing some final shows. But to me, I’ve already played my last Alexisonfire show. In my heart, the last show was in St Catharine’s, Ontario in 2010.”

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