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Interview:
Dallas Green's happy that City and Colour is his full-time gig
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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For the better part of seven years, Dallas Green operated City & Colour as an acoustic-flavored sidecar to the hard rocking Alexisonfire.

But after leaving the group late last year -- and its subsequent breakup in August -- the Ontario-based singer, songwriter and guitarist is happily focused on one band.

"I don't know if there's a huge difference," Green, 31, notes. "I get to go on tour more with (City & Colour) and play all the places I've not been able to go before. Other than that...it's all the same crew that worked with me on Alexis, the guys in my band are friends I've had forever, I'm still touring like I always did.

"So it's not like this crazy, weird shift. But it's good. The main reason I quite Alexisonfire is so I could do it like this, finally."

Green says he's "not entirely" surprised that Alexisonfire packed up after he and bandmate Wade MacNeil's departures. "I thought they were going to give it a go," he says, "But I think time got the best of them." And being out of the band also influenced the way he approached "Little Hell," his third City and Colour album, which came out in June -- following two predecessors that went platinum in his homeland.

"I had a lot of songs written, and one of the main things I wanted to accomplish was to not suppress any musical ideas we had just because people had a preconceived notion of what a City and Colour song should be," Green explains. "There are more full-band songs on the record; those were thing I really wanted to do but maybe didn't in the past because of (Alexisonfire).

"Now I thought, 'What better time to introduce the fact that City and Colour is going to be whatever I want it to be' on the first record when it's officially my main project, you know?"

City and Colour and Hacienda perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.. Tickets are $25. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com

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