Dallas Green spoke out on his career, Alexisonfire
Armed with an arsenal of poetic lyrics and an uncanny ability to use three or four chords with better efficiency than even Bob Dylan himself could claim. He’s won the heart of every folk-loving guy and girl from coast to coast, and even across the world.
Cleverly named from his birth name, Dallas being a city and Green being a colour, from the name itself he’s been a creative and marketing genius in the Canadian music scene.
Although some of the songs that have made City and Colour what he is today were written before, it was his time with the notorious metalcore band Alexisonfire that put his name on the map. He reflected on the inception of the band and how rough around the edges they were at first.
“When we first started Alexisonfire, we would be practicing in the garage, and after we were done and came out, my mom stopped me and asked what we were doing!” Green laughed. “She asked why George was just shouting and stuff. Like how do you sell it after that?”
Well, they sure polished their tune and moved up the ranks quickly. The drove on empty tanks and stomachs, they struggled, they slept on floors, they played for 10 people, and they played for 10,000 people. That’s what made Green the musician he is today.
“I feel like I deserve where I am today,” said Green. “I’ve done it all, I’ve played for nobody, and now I play for everybody. I did my time to make it where I am today.”
He recounted about some of the good and bad times with the band, at which point Wells asked him if he could go back, would he change anything?
“At the time it seemed horrible, but now, looking back, some of our worst decisions and bad times are now my best stories.”
He followed up his CMW appearance with a sold out show at the Air Canada Centre on Friday, May 9.
The interview was held by Canadian television personality Matt Wells, best know for his work on MuchMore. He started working with MuchMusic in 2002.
Story and photo by Devin Size