Live Review and Photos by Danielle Boise
“This sounds like a happy song, but it’s not. If you’ve been paying attention you can tell that’s my MO.” – Dallas Green (intro into “Waiting…”)
The Australian quintet, The Paper Kites opened for City and Colour at the Tabernacle in the heart of downtown Atlanta on Wednesday, Oct. 2 for a night of fervently engrossing music. The Paper Kites started the night out by playing songs off their latest release, States, including “Youth.”
The Canadian singer songwriter behind the acoustic folk sensation that is City and Colour, otherwise known as Dallas Green, is out on tour in support of its latest release, The Hurry and the Harm, which came out June 4 from the aptly named Dine Alone Records.
City and Colour performed “The Lonely Life,” “Day Old Hate,” “What Makes a Man?,” “Comin’ Home,” ”Paradise,” “We Found Each Other in the Dark,” “Sleeping Sickness” and “Harder Than Stone.” Green said going into the song “Waiting…” “This song is about something we all have in common; no … not that we are all from Georgia. Don’t take it negatively.” City and Colour followed up with “Thirst” and ended the regular set with “As Much As I Ever Could.”
The entire performance was stellar. Between with the spectacular lights, lyrics and masterful display of craftsmanship – but there was this one moment that stood out as Green was about 20 seconds from the end of his emotionally entrenching song “Day Old Hate” when some fan randomly disturbed the performance by shouting out from the crowd. Green stopped the show and in a state of fluster said “I don’t care if you listen to me, but these people are here to listen to the music, so don’t fucking ruin it for them.” This caused the “Tabby” to roar with applause from the audience, proving there is a time and place to show your fandom, but not during a poignant song that is meant to be listened to, to be absorbed, not yelled over. I have to say that I absolutely love when artists do this. That they stand up for their art. That their music means as much to them (even more), as it does to the fans that follow them faithfully.
Full Photo Gallery of The Paper Kites
Full Photo Gallery of City and Colour