Dallas Green (musician)
Green performing live in Ottawa, 2011
|Birth name||Dallas Green|
|Also known as||City and Colour|
September 29, 1980 |
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
|Genres||Folk, acoustic, post-hardcore, melodic hardcore|
|Occupations||Musician, singer-songwriter, lyricist, composer, vocalist, guitarist, pianist, harmonicist|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, harmonica, banjo, drums, percussion|
|Years active||2005–present as City and Colour
2001–2011 in Alexisonfire
|Labels||Dine Alone, Vagrant|
City and Colour
Dallas Green (born September 29, 1980 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian musician who releases music under the name City and Colour. He is known for his work as the former vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire. In 2005, Green debuted his first full-length album, titled "Sometimes", which achieved Platinum certification by 2006. City and Colour began performing in small intimate settings while Alexisonfire went on break, marking the start of one of Canada's dominant alternative bands.
During an interview at the 2008 NXNE festival with DJ Dave Bookman of Toronto's CFNY-FM, Green confirmed that he was indeed named after the famous major league pitcher/manager of the same name. He stated that, although he was born on September 29, 1980, he had gone without a name at first; his mother was considering naming him Graham-Todd Green, but his father had bet on Philadelphia Phillies during the 1980 World Series that October and, after the team won, his parents decided on the name Dallas after the Phillies' manager.
Before joining Alexisonfire, Green was in a band called Helicon Blue, producing several songs before breaking up. The three piece band also featured Marcel Lanteigne on bass and vocal, and Nicholas Osczypko on drums. The band recorded a self-titled release with Greg Below from Distort Entertainment, who also recorded a second record with the band which included; My Last Breath, Sunder, Greater Victory & Perpetual Healing.
In 2000, Green recorded his first known demo, Simple Songs. It was not until after this demo that he started writing under the City & Colour name. The demo contains versions of songs that were later released on this full-length albums as well as several unreleased demos of unreleased songs. It was never released publicly, and there is no known physical copy. It now circulates on the World Wide Web in mid-quality.mp3 files.
Dallas began playing with Alexisonfire in late 2001. They released four albums (Alexisonfire, Watch Out!, Crisis, and Old Crows / Young Cardinals) and several EPs before disbanding in 2011 due to Dallas' decision to focus on his work in City and Colour full-time.
In 2003, Dallas appeared (along with Alexisonfire vocalist George Pettit) on Jude the Obscure's album "The Coldest Winter", doing additional vocals on 3 songs. He contributed vocals to Neverending White Lights' collaborative album Act 1: Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies, released in 2005, on the song "The Grace". Green provided additional vocals on the track "INRihab" with Every Time I Die as well as on the track "Black Albino Bones" with Fucked Up on their second full length album, The Chemistry of Common Life.
City and Colour
City And Colour's first music video, "Save Your Scissors", from the now platinum-rated album Sometimes, was released on January 17, 2006, featuring some of his best friends, band mates and favourite places in his hometown, St. Catharines, Ontario. The second video, "Comin' Home", went number one on MuchMoreMusic's video countdown.
City and Colour also released a live CD/DVD titled Live on March 6, 2007 which includes two different live performances and a special performance with Ron Sexsmith. A limited edition has also been released at the same time. It included a USB key with footage from MMVA and Much on Demand performances.
On February 12, 2008, City and Colour released a new full-length studio album, Bring Me Your Love. It was published under the label Dine Alone Records. The music video for the first single, "Waiting...", was released on January 24, 2008. On June 6, 2008, "Sleeping Sickness", the second single for the album, was issued and on June 27, a music video was made by Montreal-based director Vincent Morisset. This second single also features The Tragically Hip's Gordon Downie's vocals in the second verse.
Bravo! aired an hour-long City and Colour performance as a band for their Live at the Concert Hall... series on August 26, 2008. The performance included interviews; several songs from his latest album, Bring Me Your Love; and also a few songs from Dallas' début, Sometimes, where he included his backing band into the songs.
In May 2009, Dallas appeared on CBC Radio's Q for an interview with Jian Ghomeshi, as well as a solo performance of three songs; "Body in a Box" and "Waiting..." from the album Bring Me Your Love, as well as "Comin' Home" from his debut album Sometimes.
On June 7, 2011, City and Colour released another full-length studio album entitled Little Hell. The first single was 'Fragile Bird', which received much radio play.
On August 8, 2011 Dallas quit Alexisonfire, stating he wanted to focus more on his solo work.
City and Colour
- Studio albums and EPs
|2004||Simple Songs (Demo Tape)||N/A|
|2004||The Death of Me (EP)||Dine Alone Records|
|2005||Missing (EP)||Dine Alone Records|
|2005||Sometimes||Dine Alone Records|
|2008||Bring Me Your Love||Vagrant Records/Dine Alone Records|
|2011||Little Hell||Vagrant Records/Dine Alone Records|
|2013||The Hurry and the Harm||Dine Alone Records|
- Live albums and EPs
|Date of Release||Title||Record label|
|2007||Live||Dine Alone Records|
|2008||The MySpace Transmissions (EP)||Vagrant Records/Dine Alone Records|
|2008||Live Session EP (iTunes Exclusive)||Dine Alone Records|
|2010||Live at the Orange Lounge (EP)||Dine Alone Records|
- Studio albums and EPs
|Date of release||Title||Record label||Certifications|
|2002||Alexisonfire||Distort Entertainment||Gold (Canada)|
|2004||Watch Out!||Distort Entertainment||Platinum (Canada)|
|2006||Crisis||Distort Entertainment||Platinum (Canada)|
|2009||Old Crows / Young Cardinals||Dine Alone Records||Platinum (Canada)|
|2010||Dog's Blood||Dine Alone Records|
- Studio albums and EPs
|Date of Release||Band||Title||Record label|
|2003||Jude The Obscure||The Coldest Winter||One Day Savior|
|2005||Straight Reads The Line||Lets Get Nuts||Verona Records|
|2005||Neverending White Lights||Act 1: Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies||Ocean Records Canada / Maple Music Nationwide|
|2007||The Dear & Departed||Something Quite Peculiar||Science Records|
|2007||Every Time I Die||The Big Dirty||Ferret Records|
|2008||Fucked Up||The Chemistry of Common Life||Matador Records|
|2009||Lights Action||Welcome to the New Cold World||Colt Signals|
|2009||DL Incognito||Fight This||Crazy Records|
|2010||Nashville Skyline||Carry You Home – Single||Timber Street Records|
|2011||Shad & Dallas||"Two Songs"|
- Gibson B25
- Recording King Acoustic (He customized it by putting Black Duct Tape saying "Phoenix")
- LR Baggs M1 Active (Attached to all of his acoustics.)
- Fender '52 Telecaster
- Venture Guitars Custom Guitar
- Supro Martinique
- Gibson Les Paul Classic with Grover Tuners
- Gibson ES-335- 70's Sunburst
- Gibson ES-335- White
- Gibson ES-355 w/ Maestro Vibrato
- Gibson ES-333
- Schecter Tempest Custom (Given to Casey Baker formerly of Sleeper Set Sail)
- Fender 4x10 Blues Deville Reissue
- Fender Deluxe Reverb
- Fender Twin Reverb
- Morris Custom Head
- Morris Custom Guitar Cab
- Morris Custom Combo
- Orange 4x12 Cab
- Empress 4x12 Cab
- Boss RV-3
- MXR Carbon Copy Delay
- Boss chromatic tuner
- Line 6 DL4
- Earthquaker Devices Disaster Transport
- Earthquaker Devices Ghost Echo Reverb
- Earthquaker Devices Hoof Fuzz
- Jam Pedals Delay Llama+
- Boss TR-2
- Boss BD-2
- Catalinbread Paraedolia
- Catalinbread Formula No. 5
- Catalinbread Super Chili Picoso
- Klon Centaur
- EHX Holy Grail
- EHX MICRO POG
- Electric guitar string: EXL115W Nickel Wound, Medium/Blues-Jazz Rock, Wound 3rd, 11-49
- 1944 vintage Martin 00-17
- Hohner Blues Harp Harmonica(Key of A)
- Martin 00-17
- Gibson ES-125
-  City and Colour - MapleMusic
- Dallas's interview at the 2008 NXNE festival on June 18, 2008, courtesy of nowtoronto.com Last accessed November 16, 2008
- "Dallas Green Says Alexisonfire Was 'Killing' Him, Is Fine Being 'The Villain' After Split". Spinner.com. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
- "mymerchtable.com". mymerchtable.com. Retrieved 2011-05-04.
- "Dine Alone Records". Dine Alone Records. 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2011-05-04.
- Official Sleeping Sickness Music Video on Dine Alone Records channel[dead link]
- Hengst, Michele. "Interview: Dallas Green / City and Colour – "I struggle to find hope"". NBHAP. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
- Leah Miller & Dallas Green, courtesy of The Vancouver Sun Last accessed 23 June 2012
- CRIA Gold and Platinum Certifications for October 2005. Canadian Recording Industry Association (October 2005). Retrieved on September 22, 2007.
- CRIA Gold and Platinum Certifications for April 2007. Canadian Recording Industry Association (April 2007). Retrieved on September 22, 2007.
- CRIA Gold and Platinum Certifications for May 2007. Canadian Recording Industry Association (May 2007). Retrieved on September 22, 2007.
- Official City and Colour website
- Dallas Green's MySpace profile
- Dine Alone Records
- Dallas Green on Exclaim!
- Dallas Green Interview with Alter The Press!