Besides being known as one of the founders of the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire and as one half of the duo You+Me together with pop icon P!nk, Canadian musician Dallas Green has made solo music under the moniker City and Colour (basically his name put into categories: Dallas=City, Green=Colour).
At times juggling several careers, Green has established himself as a major force in the music scene. With six solo albums – out of which four have hit the #1 spot on the Canadian chart – and numerous Juno awards and MMVAs, City and Colour is what can be considered a major act. And that’s not only in Canada. When Green tours around the world, he fills the venues. He has grown fans far and wide with his vulnerable and poignant lyricism about love, life and loss.
City and Colour has also gained layers since the first stripped-bare acoustic albums, resulting in a handful of dreamy, introspective emotional folk-pop releases. Green has once stated that the best music for him is sad music. Listen to any of his songs, and you’ll find them as evidence of just that.
His sixth album, A Pill for Loneliness, came out in 2019. A lush affair full of ethereal synths, textured guitar washes and a sort of orange-hued, melancholic guitar pop that calls for beautiful dreams.
When playing live, City and Colour tiptoes between folk and profoundly sad indie rock, and both parts work like a charm. Dallas Green has the kind of clean, relatively high voice that just rings with an ache and beauty that will stun you.
If you want honest, straight-from-the-heart melodic rock music, City and Colour is the band you need to see in concert. Catch them at Roskilde Festival 2020.