One of the worst things that can happen to a fan of a particular band or musician is hearing said band/musician live and learning that he/she/they do(es) not live up to the standards set in the fan’s head (heart). I was so afraid of this before I went to the City and Colour show last Wednesday (12/7). But as soon as the tattooed-but-tailored Dallas Green sang his first words, my fears were assuaged, bulldozed. Dallas Green was incredible live. His voice (DAMN that voice) rang out clear and beautiful, and the concert quickly became one of my favorite musical experiences (ever). I recorded a (shitty) video of “Sleeping Sickness”, and it’s moderately astounding that even through an iPhone recording you can hear how rich his voice is.
Dallas Green’s City and Colour has been one of my favorite bands for years (that tattooed Canadian digs into my soul), and though I have deep-seated love for the first two (studio) albums (Sometimes in 2005 and Bring Me Your Love in 2008), June 2011’s Little Hell includes a few diamonds. “Fragile Bird” is one of them. I’ve been chewing on Little Hell for a while, but I’m not over this song. In fact, it’s the Hot Shit of the Minute for me.
Check out the (intense, gritty, mildy freaky) video: