City and Colour
Embracing the Negative
By Jonathan Dekel
Dallas Green kept his secret for six months.
Sitting in a Boston hotel room shortly after playing a show with his screamo band Alexisonfire, Green shot off an e-mail to his management team letting them know he’d come to a decision: “I can’t do both anymore,” he wrote. “I can’t.”
At the time, January 2010, the then-30-year-old from St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada was trying desperately to simultaneously manage his two projects: The acoustic, ethereal and hopelessly catchy solo project City and Colour and the aggressive, melodic hardcore band Alexisonfire.
“It was on another bunch of squeezed-in Alexis shows in...