City and Colour is quite possibly the cleverest name of any band featured on our artist pages (although Alt-J would have a say there!). Upon the break up of Alexisonfire, their lead singer and guitarist, Dallas Green, decided to release an acoustic folk solo album. Apparently not comfortable releasing it as “Dallas Green” he took the two aspects of his name to create an identity that could allow him to be a band as well as a solo act. Dallas being a city and Green being a colour. According to the man himself, the songs on his debut album had been knocking around since he was 14, he just hadn’t had time to collect them all together. 4 albums in, the Canadian is yet to have major success (except in his home country – 3 top 10 albums, 2 at number 1) but he is well worth checking out. His melodic voice alone makes him a must listen, without even mentioning how well the guitar accompanies it.
Songs we recommend:
(He has only had one single chart in the UK and that came in at 195 so I doubt you’ll ever have heard any of his songs!)
Well, neither of us would have been exposed to his brilliant music if it wasn’t for Gareth attending a Biffy Clyro gig and getting there early enough to see the support act (always do that – always, always do that!). Maybe a strange choice to support Biffy but it didn’t matter, as it wouldn’t take long after that to complete City and Colour’s album collection.