8th April 2008
Birmingham Glee Club
Dallas Green’s side project City and Colour is a complete surprise. Gone are the screaming, thrashing guitars of the post-hardcore alexisonfire and replacing them is an acoustic guitar, introspective lyrics and a sort of stop-you-in-your-tracks simplicity. The fantastic Attack in Black support Green, both as a warm-up act and then later as his backing band, which really brings the songs to life.
I’ve complained about the Glee Club before (see Johnny Flynn) but this time it’s perfect. Playing the main room, the sold out crowd are packed in edging intimately forward to catch the secrets of the songs. Green is comfort is evident, as he banters with the audience, frequently making them laugh and calls out a Gollum-esque cheerer who croaks out his name.
City and Colour’s back-catalogue is played in equal measure, switching back and forward to both albums. Complete with two members of Attack in Black, City and Colour is able to extend some of the songs, including a fantastic blues addition to one of his songs, which really lifts it.
Green adds two covers; Rose Royce’s ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’ and alexisonfire’s Boiled Frogs, which gets the best reaction of the night. Both covers fit fantastically with the set and highlight Green’s versatility.
Announcing that City and Colour should tour the UK again in the autumn is welcome news by everyone. Hopefully City and Colour will continue playing small intimate venues, as the rawness of the hits hard, and you’ll be in need of a seat.
*This was originally posted on my old blog*