Dallas Green’s new rig.

The old rig was a collection of pedals for 3 different signal streams – Acoustic + Electric + Baritone Guitars. Each with it’s own Input cable and tuner. All powered by a Dunlop Brick. After an hour long chat about the City and Colour live dynamics & tour logistics, Dallas tested & listened to some available some hardware options suggested by Nice Rack Canada. A plan was formed and the build placed on the NRC production schedule.

Nice Rack Canada custom built a Road Rage Pro Gear Switcher as the hub of the Guitar Signal, in the design of the switcher Nice Rack Canada was able to eliminate 2x input cables + 2x Tuners from the rig. The new rig has 1x Input Cable that can be routed to a Pre-Effects Send to a DI or Amp for Dallas’ Baritone Guitar Parts. The Switcher has 6x Effects Loops and 2x Buffered & Isolated Outputs -1 for Acoustic DI & 1 for Electric Guitar. The switcher also has a HotSwitch & Tap Tempo for the Eventide Space that Nice Rack Canada suggested to eliminate the “high mileage” Holy Grail & Digital Reverbs.

The Carbon Copy had been used exclusively on the Acoustic Guitar and set to emulate the Disaster Transport Jr. With one cable and one router handling all signal flow, Dallas was able to lose another pedal out of the rig.

Nice Rack Canada custom built system interface boxes to handle all power & audio connectivity to the pedalboard. All signal connections entering or leaving the board are latching and “un plug” proof. The setup time for the rig is now under 2 minutes which is very nice factor when doing festivals or support slots.

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—No Transitory


“Watch Out!” is the second album released by the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire. It was released on June 29, 2004. The album debuted at #6 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 6,000 copies in its first week. It was certified platinum in Canada in April 2007.

The cover art for this album is based on the lyrics from “That Girl Possessed”, and was illustrated by Justin Winstanley, a tattoo artist who has done many of Dallas Green’s tattoos.

The tracks on this album cover a variety of subjects. “‘Hey, It’s Your Funeral Mama’” is about go-karting, and “White Devil” is about cocaine and the band’s previous experiences with friends who used the drug. “That Girl Possessed” is mainly about the girl played by Linda Blair in The Exorcist, and what she experienced during her possession. “Happiness by The Kilowatt”, “It Was Fear of Myself That Made Me Odd”, and parts of “No Transitory” are based on short stories by Kurt Vonnegut from his collection entitled Welcome to the Monkey House. The stories are “The Euphio Question” / “More Stately Mansions”, “Report on the Barnhouse Effect” and “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow”, respectively.

Two songs from this album are covered by indie-rock band Moneen in a conjoined EP release, The Switcheroo Series: Alexisonfire vs. Moneen.

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—Pulmonary Archery


“Alexisonfire” is the first studio album released by the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire. It was released on September 9, 2002. It sold over 50,000 units in Canada, giving it gold certification. Members Chris Steele, Wade MacNeil and Jesse Ingelevics were only 17 when the album was recorded.

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 title of “.44 Caliber Love Letter” is likely taken from a line in the 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!” - Frank Booth

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

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