BEARING your soul in a song might be a frightening thought for some but for singersongwriter Dallas Green it’s the only way he can write a tune.
‘‘ I’ve always found that the way I write a song, it’s always been that cathartic process,’’ Green ( pictured) says.
‘‘ A lot of people tend to think that it must be difficult for me to write like that but I’ve just always been that way.’’
Green, who is set to release his third solo album under the moniker City and Colour, says songwriting has always been the way he has dealt with his issues.
‘‘ If there is something in my life that I’ve felt strongly about or is making me feel that way then I would write about it,’’ he says.
‘‘ I’ve attempted to write observatory songs or characterbased songs, more like a story, say like Johnny Cash would write, but it just never works out for me. I end up stopping half way through, maybe feeling like I’m not good enough at that style or it just doesn’t feel right for me to write in that way.’’
The new City and Colour album, Little Hell, is a showcase of those honest songwriting skills. In it, Green’s sound moves away from the acoustic punk of his first two efforts to bluesy rock. It is, however, still a far cry from the Canadian’s other band, punkhardcore screamers Alexisonfire.
‘‘ I don’t know if I have ever really gone into a record with a direct idea of what I want it to be,’’ Green says.
‘‘ The songs just sort of show themselves and I don’t really know where they come from or why they end up sounding the way they do; they just are.’’
Little Hell is the first City and Colour album to be recorded and mixed to tape, providing a warm and intimate sound.
‘‘ I’ve never done it so I wanted to do that at least one time in my life to say that I recorded on tape,’’ Green says.
‘‘ I thought by recording on tape it would just take that one step further. To me it just sounds a little better, a little warmer, a little more natural, a little more real as far as these songs are concerned.’’
Alexisonfire has for many years been a popular touring act in Australia and City and Colour has followed suit, selling out every date on a tour in April.
Green hopes to return Down Under as soon as possible.
‘‘ If I have anything to say about it, I will definitely be back,’’ he says. ‘‘ It’s a fantastic experience to go all the way into a place like Australia and have people as interested as they are.’’
Little Hell ( Shock) out tomorrow