Before I saw Alexisonfire's video for Pulmonary Archery for the first time, I thought that every artist was relatively stationary when they performed, and I thought that excessive screaming in a song was stupid. AOF shattered that way of thinking in two and a half minutes. There was so much energy radiating from them. They didn't care about playing it cool, they just let the music move them. I don't think I would have fallen in love with the song the way I did if I never saw the video. It was visceral and it felt more "real" than any performance I had ever seen before. Things that I didn't understand or consider previously became very clear in my mind. It was as if I had suddenly become fluent in a language I couldn't speak a few minutes earlier.
It sounds overly dramatic to say that the video changed my life, but it's hard to deny the ripple effect of that moment. A lot of the bands that I got hooked on were only given a chance because AOF was the gateway drug. Dance Gavin Dance, The Holly Springs Disaster, Killswitch Engage, I Hate Sally, and Every Time I Die, all became huge influences, post-Pulmunary Archery. I spent my teenage years in mosh pits watching and learning from these bands and dozens of others.
I started a few screamo bands during those years too, so all of the people I met through those endeavours, the experiences I had in those bands, and the effects that they had on me can be traced back to one music video.