City And Colour – live at Splendour In The Grass – July 25, 2014 – Triple J Radio, Australia
Staying in Australia and sticking to July 2014, it’s a set by Dallas Green, aka: City And Colour at Splendour In The Grass. Recorded on July 25, 2014 by the venerable Triple J Radio.
Dallas Michael John Albert Green is a Canadian musician and singer-songwriter who records under the alias City and Colour. He is also known for his contributions as a singer, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter for the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire. In 2005, he debuted his first full-length album, Sometimes, which achieved platinum certification in 2006. City and Colour began performing in small intimate venues between Alexisonfire tours. The name City and Colour comes from his own name: Dallas, a city, and Green, a colour. His reasoning for the name was that he felt uneasy “putting the album out under the name Dallas Green”.
City and Colour announced the release of the new album entitled The Hurry and the Harm to be released on June 4, 2013. The song “Of Space and Time” was released on March 11, 2013 prior to the announcement of the new album. The track listing includes 12 songs; the special iTunes deluxe version, available for pre-order in April, will include 3 extra tracks for a total of 15 new songs. The song “Thirst” was released on April 1, 2013 on City and Colour’s Soundcloud page. The album was unofficially leaked on May 22, 2013. The album cover shows Green’s face which felt weird for him, since he always wanted his music to be about his songs and not about himself.
In October 2014, City and Colour was selected as the headline act for the grand opening of the Meridian Centre, St. Catharines’ new 50 million dollar hockey and performance arena.
City and Colour announced the release of the new album entitled If I Should Go Before You to be released on October 9, 2015. The song “Woman” was released exclusively on Beats 1 station on Apple Music on July 16, 2015, hosted by Zane Lowe.
In September 2018, Green announced the release of a new compilation album of live songs recorded during his 2017 “An Evening with City and Colour Solo Canadian tour”, to be released digitally on October 5, 2018, and physically on November 23, 2018, via Still Records, a new record company set up by Dallas himself.
Three tracks from the album were released digitally on September 21, 2018, “Casey’s Song”, “Sensible Heart” and “As Much as I Ever Could”. A further three tracks were released a week later on September 21, 2018, “The Girl”, “O’Sister” and “Lover Come Back”.
In April 2019, City and Colour was the opening act for Alice in Chains’ Canadian tour and other three U.S. concerts in support of their album Rainier Fog. Green is a longtime fan of the band and has cited them as one of his early influences. He joined them on stage for a rendition of their song “Nutshell” (a song that Green would often cover) during their concerts at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario on April 23, 2019, and at the FirstOntario Concert Hall in Hamilton on April 24, 2019. He also sang “Got Me Wrong” with the band on April 25 in Rama, on April 27 in Montreal, and on April 28 in Quebec. Alice in Chains’ guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell gave one of his guitars to Green after they performed together at the MTELUS in Montreal on April 27, 2019. Green has stated that Cantrell made him fall in love with playing a guitar.
On June 3, 2019, the band debuted their first new song in four years called “Astronaut” and also announced a 22-date North American tour starting in October 2019. A further single called “Strangers” was released on June 21.
On August 15, 2019, the band’s album A Pill for Loneliness was announced and at midnight on August 16, a third song, “Living in Lightning”, was also released as a single. Green said in a statement about the album, “I wrote a lot of dark songs and wrapped them in the most beautiful sounds we could find, there are personal connotations, but they’re also relatable. I’m thankful for the opportunity to create.” The album was released on October 4, 2019.
Here’s a reminder of what was going on in 2014 at The Splendour In The Grass Festival.
Crank it up.