Canada’s own Dallas Green (aka City & Colour, get it?) is back with a new album labelled “Little Hell”. The first single is unlike anything he’s done on previous albums. Most of us know Dallas from the metal band Alexisonfire, where his girl-melting voice still manages to make the screaming vocals bearable. In 2005, Dallas came out with his first solo album “Sometimes”. His gentle voice, and raw lyrics made him a solo hit at home. Although, it wasn’t until 2008′s album “Bring Me Your Love” that the tattoo loving Green really started making a name for himself. A small band was put together, and City & Colour looked to take on the likes of America. I was lucky enough to see them right before they took off for the states back in 2008. The Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver was the perfect venue and as I suspected, his live show puts to shame anything ever put down on a record. So if you ever get a chance to see him, cough up the bucks, you won’t be disappointed.
City and Colours’ songs mean so much more than just catchy tunes. His song “Missing” brings back a lot of memories of my Grandmother, and the confusion I had when she passed. What is so amazing with his lyrics, is that there is always something, at sometime, that anyone can relate to. I got the sense when I saw him live, that people were there for other reasons then to be entertained.
First up is his new single “Fragile Bird”. I’m loving this one right now.
Here’s another Dallas classic. “The Girl” has been one of my favourite songs for a long time now. Heartfelt, without being cheesy.
Finally Sleeping Sickness, a great song featuring Gordon Downie from The Tragically Hip.