City and Colour is the side project of Alexisonfire guitarist and vocalist Dallas Green, started in 2004. The project title derives its name from Dallas’ own: Dallas, a city, and Green, a colour.
Dallas is praised by critics and fans alike for his strong, clear vocals and his guitar playing skills. He plays melodic acoustic and folk music and is often accompanied by a rotating number of Canadian indie rock musicians, such as Daniel Romano and Spencer Burton of Attack in Black. Green said that he had been writing material since he was around the age of 14. Regarding the songs released on his first album, Sometimes, Green said that he had been writing material for it as early as when he was 18 years old, and finished writing songs for it in 2005.
To date, Dallas has released two EPs, The Death of Me (2004) and Missing (2005), as well as three full length albums, Sometimes (2005), Bring Me Your Love (2008) and Little Hell (2011). Dallas Green also appears on Neverending White Lights’ collaborative album Act 1: Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies (2005), contributing vocals to the song “The Grace”. He’s also won two Juno awards in 2007 and 2009.
In late 2010, Dallas had been in the studio with Polaris Prize nominee Shad working on a remix of a Shad song as well as an original song to be released as a 12″ vinyl single. Dallas was quoted as saying “I’ve always wanted to be the Mary J. Blige to somebody’s Method Man”. The remix is to Shad’s song “Listen” from his latest album TSOL, and the new song that Dallas co-wrote is entitled “Live Forever”. Recently he has started playing in an acoustic set with his Alexisonfire bandmate, Wade Macneil.
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- Life after Alexisonfire for Dallas Green officially sets in this June, when he'll release his new City & Colour album The Hurry and the Harm through Dine Alone records."I don't have a lot of faith in myself, so it is hard for me to have a lot of faith in something I have created," said Green in a statement. "But I've never been happier or prouder about something that I have done."The follow-up to 2011’s Little Hell, The Hurry and the Harm is out on June 4th, but pre-orders will be available as early as April 9th through iTunes. Green is set to tour Europe in June, but expect North American dates to come out soon.Check out first single "Of Space and Time" below and head here to download it for free.Track List:01. The Hurry and The Harm 02. Harder Than Stone 03. Of Space and Time 04. The Lonely Life 05. Paradise 06. Commentators 07. Thirst 08. Two Coins 09. Take Care 10. Ladies and Gentlemen 11. The Golden State 12. Death’s Song
Q & A: City and Colour's Dallas Green talks sportsCity and Colour is the side project of Alexisonfire guitarist and vocalist Dallas Green, started in 2004. The project title derives its
PHOTOS: City & Colour at the Molson AmphitheatreCity & Colour at the Molson Amphitheatre. September 12, 2012
7 possible endings to the ominous Alexisonfire countdownA few days ago, Alexisonfire's long-dormant website (www.theonlybandever.com, which is still funny) began a mysterious countdown.It's probably counting down to a tour announcement. But what if it's not? I know. Here are 7 other possible conclusions to this ominous ticking clock.The band rescinds all rights and royalties to their namesake, Alexis Fire the lactating contortionist stripperRemember poor Alexis Fire? Remember typing www.alexisonfire.com into Netscape or whatever and being scandalized? Maybe this is her moment.Dance-off just like the "Water Wings" videoSo many great moves demonstrated in the video for "Water Wings (And Other Poolside Fashion Faux Pas)." Could this be the real-life event we were promised to many years ago?Kickstarter campaign to make Wade grow back his sideburns.It was a good look.Kickstarter campaign to make George grow back his massive old hair.Anyone old-ish enough to remember being, like, shocked by the end of the big hair era? Also a good look.Poorly calculated "end of the world" Mayan calendarWho didn't get swept up in this after seeing 2012? Great flick.Helicon Blue reunion tourFor the realest of real-fans. Tours alongside Condemning Salem.Alexisonfire announces the tour dates for their run of final showsWell, yeah. But boring prediction-wise.
Dallas Green offers up more details on the Alexisonfire farewell tourIn a wide-ranging interview conducted with Dallas Green prior to his headlining slot this weekend at the Festival d'été de Québec, the City and Colour braintrust discussed his upcoming show at the Molson Amphitheatre, baseball fanaticism, and his outrageously adorable dog. The latter was mostly us, probably. More on the former in a couple of days.Towards the end, we kind of had to ask him about the suggestion of a proper farewell tour for Alexisonfire, as reported by Spinner last week. Not because we want to dwell on the past, but, like a lot of folks in Southern Ontario (and around the world), Alexis played a major role in our weird teenage years, and when they unceremoniously called it a day late last summer, it didn't seem totally fair. Seems like the band agrees.Here is the later portion of our conversation, including confirmation that yes, they're totally serious, plus a few tidbits about songs to expect, how it all came together, and what George Pettit has been up to.AUX: I have to ask this – what is the status of the Alexisonfire tour-thing?Dallas Green: It's moving forward with a head full of steam. We're just trying to figure out the best way to play in as many places as we feel we should, in a timeframe that works for everybody. Wade is busy, and he's going to be super busy when the Gallows record comes out. George is becoming a firefighter – did you know that?No, I haven't talked to George in a while, I was wondering what he was up to.He's getting really strong. And he is licensed to drive a bus, which I guess is because he's going to drive a firetruck, which is awesome. So he's doing that. We've got to work on trying to make it work for everybody. It's definitely in the works. I've probably already said too much and everybody's going to get mad at me.Was it an easy conversation to start, though? Based on the letter George wrote, it wasn't the world's most amicable break up.I don't think it was an easy conversation at first. But so much time has gone by. For the public, it hasn't been that long. But for us, the guys knew I was leaving so far before anyone else knew. It's been over two years since I told them, you know what I mean? And I think everyone's in a good place. So since it came up, everyone's been super excited about it. We've had enough time to let the wounds heal, and we really want to do it for ourselves and everyone who supported us. We want to do it now. We owe it to everyone and to ourselves.I do think it's a classy move.I know there will be people who say, 'Oh, they're doing it for money.' We are really honestly doing it because we need it. Our last show was such a sad, depressing experience for the five of us. It was our last show, and no one knew it was. It wasn't even supposed to be the last Alexis show because the guys were going to keep going. But then it just fizzled out. And that sealed the deal on us wanting to do this. We did such a cool thing with that band, I think. We were a pretty weird band when you think about what we accomplished in Canada. We owe it to that to not pervert that legacy.That's great.I think we might even play some songs off the first record. [Laughs] We swore them off for the last four years, but there's been some talk of that. I don't know if we'll do that because it means we'll actually have to learn them again.Well, as someone who grew up with the band, I appreciate that.That's what I'm excited to see. Older people come out, getting stretched out and trying to get in the pit.