Canadian musician, and City and Colour leader, Dallas Green is bringing the ‘Astronaut’ tour to Vancouver on Saturday, November 9th, with a stop at the Pacific Coliseum at the PNE.
Green has been a mainstay in the Canadian recording industry since 2001, when the post hardcore band, Alexisonfire, burst onto the scene out of the Southern Ontario suburbs, to a raucous cry of screamo vocals, and pounding guitar, complimented by Green’s melodious back up vocals. As the underground sensations found mainstream success, Green began to discover his musicianship pulled in two directions– contributing to songwriting duties for Alexisonfore, as well as focusing on his solo work, released largely on the Internet, which would eventually sow the seeds for City and Colour’s debut.
The subsequent break up of Alexisonfire was a slow process, playing out over a multi-year period where Green was performing extensive double duties with both projects. Although many fans of the post hardcore group saw fit to label Green as the villain in the band’s demise, it was clear from subsequent interviews that the writer and guitarist was running himself to a physical and mental breaking point, releasing albums back to back, on the heels of extensive touring that left him on the verge of a nervous episode. Remarking after the split, that being in the band was ‘Killing him,’ time has eased many of the old wounds from that 2011 break up, as Alexisonfire have returned to sporadic touring, as well as releasing a series of singles, indicating that the reunion Green stated would never occur is in full swing.
City and Colour saw Green take his alternative, folk rock style to the forefront, channeling introspection and emotion, in a bid to work through the prevailing anxieties his life on the road had accrued. Next week’s show at the coliseum finds Green in support of his most recent release, the Canadian chart topping A Pill for Loneliness. The lead single for which the tour derives it’s name is an expansive ballad, showcasing an airy folk rock that is miles removed from the halcyon days of Alexisonfire’s blistering assault, and the album permeates with a decidedly somber mood. Still, with peace among the members of his original musical outlet, and a series of large scale headlining gigs across Ontario this past summer, where Green was thrilled to see a new generation of fans who weren’t around for Alexisonfire’s first tear through the early 2000’s, the singer/songwriter looks to once again straddle the line between the quiet reflection of his solo output, and the unhinged anarchy of his underground origins.