Show Review: City & Colour

Published in Drum Media (WA) | 24.05.12 | Issue # 289




20 May, 2012

The sea of people flooding the grassy banks of the spacious Fremantle Arts Centre – well before support Bahamas took to the stage – was a tribute to the success Dallas Green’s City & Colour has achieved in a relatively small period of time. It was clear early into the night that Canada’s City & Colour has evolved into an unstoppable force.

Usually Bahamas, a solo project that also hails from Canada, sees Afie Jurvanen with a backing band. He proved that he really didn’t need one to get desired results amongst audiences, and that’s more than likely why Green temporarily utilised Jurvanen’s guitar skills for his own band during their Australia tour.

Well accustomed to the way of Australian audiences, City & Colour saw a sharply dressed Green and backing band taking control of the crowd like they were playing to only a handful of people. A sea of filming cameras were laid to rest for Body In A Box when Green told everyone to place their phones in their pockets, instead of trying to remember it so badly that they forget to truly experience it. After an hour-and-a-half of music, followed by a quick pee break, Green resurfaced with an acoustic guitar for an encore that treated fans to Coming Home before his band joined him to close the successful evening with Hope For Now. With such a hauntingly beautiful voice, Dallas Green was always destined for greatness, so its great to see this being realised.

Written by Daniel Cribb