City and Colour

When
Fri Oct 18, 2013
Where
Fox Theater - Oakland
Time
8pm
Cost
$15
Tags
Music, Folk
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Description

"Solo projects are inherently a risk. Traditionally, few members of any prominent band have seen success in this sort of undertaking, and even fewer have enjoyed both critical and commercial success. Add to this the bizarre notion of creating stripped-down music that doesn’t even reference the original band’s genre, and you certainly have less examples of success to point to.

Until a couple of years ago, Dallas Green was better known as the dulcet voice of Alexisonfire. The band’s feverish live shows and rabid fanbase quickly earned them the distinction of being one of the most exciting and talked about bands in Canada.

During some time off between tours, Green assembled a collection of songs he had been writing over the years. He released a very limited pressing of the songs which he recorded using only acoustic guitar and his plaintive voice. Something in these tracks resonated with people in a completely unanticipated way. Not surprisingly, the songs found their way onto the Internet where fans started passing them around. With none of the obvious viral marketing that goes on now, there was a groundswell of interest in this unassuming collection of compositions. It was becoming clear that there was serious interest in what Dallas was creating. In 2005, Alexisonfire’s sophomore album went Platinum, the band won the Juno Award for New Group of the Year, and Green quietly debuted his full-length album titled “Sometimes" under the solo moniker, City and Colour.

In a rare break between Alexisonfire outings that year, City and Colour undertook a cross-Canada tour, performing in intimate settings with only his guitar and a microphone. The same intimacy that Green offered in his songs was offered to fans across Canada, resulting in long line-ups for sold out shows. The fever soon spread across the Atlantic where City and Colour played a sold-out Barfly tour in the U.K. Exceeding everyone’s expectations, “Sometimes” achieved Platinum certification in 2006. Remaining sincere and affable, Green gave a heartfelt performance at the 2006 MuchMusic Video Awards, where City and Colour won the People’s Choice Favourite Canadian Artist award. In 2007, Green performed live on the JUNOS, (Canada’s Grammys), taking home the award for Alternative Album of The Year.

“Bring Me Your Love” is City and Colour’s sophomore studio album. It evolves and adds layers to the sentiments in those vulnerable moments shared by Green on his original independent release. The album delivers Green’s signature delicate vocals accompanying another set of candid musings, which continue to articulate his engaging perspective on love and life. It rings with frames of beautiful melody surrounding meaty indie, folk-rock landscapes. Green continues to demonstrate his talents as a musician, singer and songwriter moving comfortably and seamlessly between City and Colour and his role anchoring a successful post-hardcore band. The dozen tracks on “Bring Me Your Love” are a beautiful insight into the quieter side of a legitimate artist." -Slim's

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Location

  1. Fox Theater - Oakland
    1807 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA