hmv reviews… City and Colour @ London's Hammersmith Apollo
Now shorn of his day job in Alexisonfire, Dallas Green is free to focus full time on City and Colour, his americana-influenced folk alias, that began as a side project, but quickly became so successful that it demanded his complete focus. Currently in the midst of his biggest European tour to date, Green headlined London’s Hammersmith Apollo last night (January 31), his biggest ever UK show. Here’s how he got on...
City and Colour. Dallas Green, formerly of Alexisonfire, now a very successful folk troubadour.
Hammersmith Apollo, way out West (in London terms anyway).
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Pretty damn full, there was the odd spare seat here and there, but we’re talking 97% full. The crowd were in great voice too, singing along loudly throughout and applauding wildly between tracks, as they should have done.
Who was supporting?
Hannah Georgas, another Canadian singer-songwriter. She went down very well and showcased the best bits of her new self-titled album, which feels like a cross between Warpaint at their poppiest and Joni Mitchell at her most out there and rocky. It was great either way.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The set was a good 100 minutes long and included a full 19 songs, which included cuts from right across Green’s career. It didn’t lean too hard on any particular record, formed of a nice even spread from all four of his albums, with five songs in all from new record The Hurry And The Harm.
Any good between song banter?
Bits and pieces. There was one particularly corking moment when Green managed to somehow make the crowd laugh and get most to put their phones away for a song or two. You probably had to be there...
Did they put on much of a show? Any fireworks?
A few nice lights, not much else, but then again they play raw, stripped back folk, so it would seem pretty odd to be letting off confetti cannons...
What was the set highlight?
There were a few, ‘Comin'’ Home’ was spine-tingling, ‘Harder Than Stone’ was delivered superbly and ‘Little Hell’ drew its own standing ovation, but, strangely enough, the set’s most electric moment was when Green performed an acoustic version of Alexisonfire’s ‘Boiled Frogs’.
Where can I catch them next?
They’re on tour in the UK for the next few days and then across Europe for some more shows, then that’s it...
Would you recommend it?
Certainly. After years of juggling between Alexisonfire and City and Colour, Green looks a lot more self-assured and relaxed now he only to worry about the later. The tracks from The Hurry And The Harm filled the room and show that the singer belongs in venues of that size.
City and Colour’s new album The Hurry And The Harm is out now. You can preview the record by clicking on the icon on the right hand side of the page.
Check back next week for an exclusive video interview with City and Colour right here on hmv.com.