Gig Review by Chloe Gynne with Photography by Corinne Cumming

Cirt and Colour

It’s possible that the Troxy is the London venue most suited to a City and Colour show: it’s a grand, beautiful theatre, with perfect views from practically everywhere and a romantic, art deco colour scheme that is as calming and soft as Dallas Green’s voice.

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And tonight, he also has the perfect support act in Lucy Rose. She brings joy to the earlybirds, playing some quieter tunes before cracking out the electric guitar and playing some more uptempo numbers. She’s a favourite in the scene, and it’s easy to see why: she has a voice that carries through a venue of any size, and she easily holds the audience’s attention for her half-hour slot.

Lucy Rose

Lucy Rose

Lucy Rose

But on this Friday night, the crowd are not ready to end their conversations as City and Colour take to the stage. While the first few rows are blissfully ignorant, swaying to the sounds of quiet, brooding opener ‘Thirst’, it is quite ironic that the rest of the main floor is being deafened by the sound of people ordering drinks at the bar.

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Despite a rocky start, Green finds his tempo easily after a few songs. He picks up pace ever so slightly, playing fan favourites ‘Killing Time’, ‘Hello, I’m In Delaware’ and ‘Weightless’ in quick succession. The bulk of the audience finally turn their head to the band, taking in the starry backdrop and the sheer intensity of Green’s vocals.

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It is ‘Waiting…’ that gets the biggest response tonight, its simple harmonies resonating through this packed venue. ‘Woman’ closes the main set, and it is every bit as lengthy and powerful as it is on the album, last year’s ‘If I Should Go Before You’.

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As Green steps out for the encore alone, he addresses the audience for the first, and last time, telling his fans how grateful he is to be performing here after a terrible show a decade ago at the miniscule Barfly. When he makes hundreds of couples swoon to ‘The Girl’, the progression from an empty club show to two sold out nights in a 3000-capacity venue is totally justified.

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Dallas Green sings with heart, and is easily able to cut through the noise of drunken chatters scattered throughout the venue. The band plays with conviction, and that’s why even when the tempo feels a touch too slow for a Friday night, it’s never boring. Despite the size of the venue, tonight’s show feels intimate, and while not everybody kept quiet long enough to appreciate the full set, it didn’t matter: Green is able to create an experience which melts away all other sensory distractions with the lightest touch.

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