City and Colour’s Sultry Sound Comes to Gainesville During U.S. Tour
After years of maintaining the successful punk outfit Alexisonfire, Canadian artist Dallas Green made the seemingly abrupt transition into the sultry, nostalgic folk melodies that have come to define the sounds of City and Colour.
Dallas Green of City and Colour will be making his way to The Florida Theatre of Gainesville this Sunday, March 19. Tickets are priced at $29 to $37. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m.
Green, who last played in Gainesville years ago as Alexisonfire, will be playing his first show in Gainesville as City and Colour.
With gentle guitar strumming and deeply contemplative lyrics, Green has earned the title of “storyteller.” What seems like simply easy-listening on the surface, gives way to in-depth narratives laden with insightful lines upon a closer listen.
“My parents gave me a guitar at around 8 years-old,” said Green. “Somewhere after that, I fell in love with music.”
Green’s haunting vocals compliment lounge-like guitars and ambient drums, allowing his voice to remain at the forefront of his work as his strongest and most captivating instrument.
His lyrics paint vivid, bluesy stories of longing, desperation and affection, often seamlessly weaving in more upbeat instrumentals, as demonstrated in one of Green’s most popular songs, “The Girl.”
Those soft, delicate vocals have largely become the distinguishing element associated with Green’s work.
With five albums in his back pocket, Green has recently released his newest duo of songs on his Peaceful Road/Rain LP. The two songs after which the LP was named were released in January of 2017.
The two songs, “Peaceful Road” and “Rain” were conceived during the recording of his latest and fifth studio release, If I Should Go Before You, which debuted #1 on the Top 200 Soundscan, making it his third consecutive chart-topper in Canada.
“They just didn’t fit on the record, but I still really loved them,” said Green. “I thought they deserved to be heard. I’m really proud of them, so I decided to release them on their own.”
The LP also turned heads outside of Green’s home country, debuting at #16 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart and #5 in Australia.
“Peaceful Road” and “Rain” make strides in continuing to develop a more cohesive identity for Green, while adding an instrumental depth as strong as the complimenting vocals— something often lacking in his earlier works, signaling a growing maturity for City and Colour as an artist.
With the appeal of coffeehouse melodies and a writer’s approach, Green creates a perfect blend of melancholia, nostalgia and longing resulting in an acoustic reprieve for his audience.
“I hope they [the audience] come out and have a good time,” he said. “It’s different every night.”
The Florida Theatre of Gainesville is located at 233 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609.
Tickets can be purchased here.
What’s Dallas Green listening to right now?