Nights like last Wednesday don’t come around too often. In fact, in my opinion, they’re pretty rare.
Dallas Green – better known by his moniker City and Colour – was in town last week and played an exclusive acoustic set for his dedicated fan base – and by dedicated, I mean those of whom were quick enough to grab tickets when they went on sale. Haha.
That same week, Green headed into the triple j studios and announced a full length tour for later on in the year, but for this particular set at The Standard, it was advertised that he would be promoting his latest record, “The Hurry and The Harm”.
Showing no real desire to see the support act (Boy Outside for those who are interested), I arrived to see Green at the bar downstairs but didn’t want to bother him for a photo. Okay, truth be told, by the time I built up the courage to approach him, it was time for him to perform.
Just. Missed. Out.
Kicking off the set just before 8:30pm, Green opened up with one of my favourites and the rarely-performed-live ‘Casey’s Song’. The tune set the mood for the rest of the night, and everyone in attendance knew that right then and there, we were in for a treat.
Performing songs from all four studio albums, it was truly a special night. City and Colour serenaded a sold-out crowd with his soulful, flawless vocals accompanied by his acoustic guitar, and entertained the crowd in between songs with a series of charming anecdotes and his endearing sense of humour.
Throughout the night, the Canadian under the spotlight played old favourites ‘Day Old Hate’, ‘Waiting…’, ‘O’Sister’, ‘The Grand Optimist’ (a dedication for his father’s birthday) and ‘We Found Each Other in the Dark’; along with new tracks ‘Paradise’, ‘Two Coins’, ‘Of Space and Time’, and new single, ‘Thirst’.
‘Body in a Box’ was performed in a “no phones” environment, which Green has employed in his recent shows to encourage fans to be there in the moment of the performance, embracing the environment and the live music – not recording every single second of the show.
After almost two hours of live music, there was no real need for an encore and as Green mentioned, there really was no point for him to stand backstage while we cheered and clapped for 30 seconds until he came back out so he could perform another song. And so to end his set, Green played Sydney favourite ‘Coming Home’ (if you’ve ever heard the lyrics of this song, you’ll understand why).
Dallas Green is one of those rare artists that can transform his voice from the studio and give a performance that sounds even better live. Does that make sense? To truly understand, I would suggest catching him at one of his live shows later in the year. Check out his website for further details. If you enjoy music that has elements of pop, rock and folk, you’ll enjoy listening to the sounds of City and Colour.