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City and Colour

18-Sep-2007 12:07 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
City and Colour
The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
City and Colour
September 14, 2007
Full Photo Set (10 photos)

As a member of Alexisonfire, Dallas Green provides not only guitar, but also some softer, melodic vocals to offset George Pettit's harsh screaming. But outside of that group, City and Colour is the name given an acoustic project that highlights Dallas' vocals, a name that describes his own two given names, a city and a colour. His debut full-length CD entitled Sometimes is a ten track effort that is almost entirely nothing but Dallas and his acoustic guitar. There are some brilliant (and popular) compositions on there, such as Save Your Scissors and Comin' Home, but I find sitting down and listening to the whole CD all at once can be a bit too much, simply because of the lack of additional instrumentation. So when Dallas arrived on stage with two members of Attack In Black, I was really looking forward to what we were about to hear.

City and Colour
City and Colour
City and Colour

Backed by Daniel Romano on drums (lead singer and guitarist for Attack In Black) and Spencer Burton on bass, Green launched into four songs with significantly different arrangements than the recorded material. Afterwards he made a pseudo-tongue-in-cheek apology for not playing the songs like they are on the CD, but having Green's soft acoustic numbers turned into these full and bright rock compositions was exactly what I was hoping for. The next segment of the concert was Green sitting solo, centre stage, running through a few tunes including an acoustic cover of one Alexisonfire song (I think it was Boiled Frogs - correct me if I'm wrong), and even a cover of Neil Young's Cowgirl In The Sand, the latter preceded by a well-delivered story of how he he ended up covering that song. He then started into Comin' Home solo, but in the middle of the song, Daniel and Spencer could be seen returning to stage, and then filling in the last half of the song, creating what I thought was the most powerful number of the night. Later in the set, the threesome covered The Band's The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, a song originally recorded in 1969, and which Dallas dedicated to his father. It was sung primarily by Daniel Romano, whose vocals were a perfect match for the song.

City and Colour
City and Colour
City and Colour

Between songs, Dallas would chat with the audience, tell stories, attempt to quell the random screams, and poke fun at some comments from the crowd. His humour was a constant source of laughter, and due to the excellent acoustics of the hall, every word was easy to hear. Before his last song of the night, he made a short speech over top of random hoots and friendly heckles thanking us for caring about what he does. It wasn't just a short "thanks", it was a much longer explanation about why he appreciates the support, and it came across heartfelt and sincere. Even with the size of The Danforth Music Hall (nearly 1100 seats), the show felt very personal, an impressive feat for the fourth night of a four night engagment.

City and Colour
City and Colour
City and Colour

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City and Colour
Authored by: Anonymous on 19-Sep-2007 08:40 PM
Very well written, that's sums it all up for sure!!!!