Green day: City and Colour to play two shows in DetroitWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Folks don’t need to worry about Dallas Green. The introspective artist who records as City and Colour has fun and is happy — really.
“I feel my voice is meant to sing in those sort of melancholic kind of ways,” the Canadian singer-songwriter said. “And then, lyrically, I usually tend to write when something is sort of sitting in me or weighing on me and I need to get it out.
“I found that when I’m having fun or in a good mood, I never really think about writing. Then when I do sit down to write, I don’t think about writing about those times when I was having such a wonderful moment; I think about the things that are bothering me and that’s what I feel compelled to write about.”
His latest release, “The Hurry and the Harm,” finds Green singing, “Troubles on my mind/ For the rest of the days I’ve cried/ I’m searching for a paradise/ That I just can’t seem to find” on “Paradise” and “I’m singing my death song” on “Death’s Song.”
“A lot of people tend to think my music is depressing or sad,” he said, “But if you really dig in and listen to the words, the theme of this record — ‘I’ve always been dark/ With light somewhere in the distance’ [from ‘Two Coins’] — is an important line to me because I feel that’s the way the record and all the songs I write are.
“I talk about darker things and heavier things, I guess, but I think that there’s also a sense of hope in a lot of the songs as well.”
Green and that glimmer of optimism have been winning fans since 2005 with his first CD, “Sometimes.” His 2008 disc, “Bring Me Your Love,” featured the hit “Waiting…” And he was flying high on the Canadian charts with “Fragile Bird” from 2011’s “Little Hell.”
Released in June, “The Hurry and the Harm” debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart in America and at No. 1 in Canada.
“I think that’s the good thing about music: You don’t need to know exactly what I wrote the song about, you just need to be able to take whatever you need from it,” he said during a call from a tour stop in Denver.
“I’m thankful I’ve been able to write songs for myself first, but also write them in a relatable enough way that other people have taken to them.”
City and Colour will play Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 at the Fillmore Detroit. Tickets are $25 and $45. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sleepy Sun will open.
“I love singing and I love showing that in 2013, you should still be held accountable to be a good live band even though technology has changed the shape of whether talent matters,” Green said.
“I like that we can just go out and be a band and create new moments every night, maybe do new versions of songs just because we feel like it that day, and just the spontaneity of the live show.”