CITY AND COLOUR RELEASES MOST EMOTIONALLY CHARGED, SONICALLY EXPANSIVE ALBUM TO DATE
CITY AND COLOUR Releases Most Emotionally Charged, Sonically Expansive Album To Date
The Love Still Held Me Near Out Today
Premieres Video for Title Track “The Love Still Held Me Near”
Watch at 12:00pm ET today HERE
12-song Visual Album Premiere Directed by Michael Maxxis
Watch on April 7 at 3:00pm ET HERE
Virtual Afterparty For YouTube Premium Members
with Dallas Green and Michael Maxxis HERE
Set To Headline Budweiser Stage Toronto on Friday, August 25, 2023
With Ben Harper As Direct Support
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“The Love Still Held Me Near finds Green at his most personal and raw, accompanied by textures and arrangements that have gone previously unexplored in his solo work.” – Exclaim!
“Despite dealing with some enormous losses, ‘The Love Still Held Me Near’ shines with optimism thanks to tracks like ‘Things We Choose to Care About’ and the infectious and upbeat ‘Underground’. Brooding numbers like ‘A Little Mercy’ balance the album and act as a snapshot to both sides of the coin of Dallas’ renewed relationship with mortality. That perspective allows this album to become City and Colour’s most accomplished yet.” – Upset Magazine
“When versatile singer-songwriter Dallas Green isn’t busy redefining post-hardcore with the newly reunited Alexisonfire, he performs as City and Colour to offer his most vulnerable, delicate and breathtaking music…” – Alternative Press
“Great art is often born from the ashes of pain, and that’s certainly the case with The Love Still Held Me Near.” – No Depression
“A stirring dose of soul-searching catharsis…” – Louder Sound
(March 31, 2023 – Toronto, ON) – City and Colour – acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green – has released his highly-anticipated 7th studio album The Love Still Held Me Near today via Still Records, an imprint of Dine Alone Records. A video for title track premieres at 12:00pm ET today here. The album The Love Still Held Me Near is a deeply personal and cathartic offering, and the most musically expansive in the celebrated City and Colour canon. Stream / purchase HERE.
“Sonically speaking, the song ‘The Love Still Held Me Near’ was a breakthrough,” recalls Green. “When I discovered that the wandering synth line was intersecting with the jagged guitar harmoniously, I realized It was still possible to be amazed at the wonder of creating a song. It gave me the jolt of inspiration I needed to dig into the ineffable nature of what I was trying to work through emotionally with the songs.”
Directed by Michael Maxxis, the latest video is the fourth instalment of a moody, and formidable cinematic series of videos that accompany every song on the new LP. Says Maxxis, “Dallas’ walls are down on this album, and I wanted to capture that on film.” The series was shot in Detroit, Michigan over 3 days on 16mm film.
The full visual album will premiere at 3:00pm ET on Friday, April 7 HERE. All 12 videos will be shown followed by a YouTube Afterparty at 4:00pm ET with Green and Michael Maxxis in conversation. The afterparty is exclusive to YouTube Premium members HERE.
Green recently announced his return to Toronto’s Budweiser Stage for one night only on August 25, 2023. Joining as direct support is three-time Grammy-award winning artist Ben Harper, with neo-soul artist Katie Tupper opening. The show will notably be Green’s 11th performance at the iconic venue, the most for any Canadian artist with the exception of Blue Rodeo and OVO Festival, and the only independent artist to do so. Tickets are available here.
City and Colour has partnered with PLUS1 so that a portion of proceeds goes to supporting organizations bringing dignity, equality, and access to communities who need it.
Produced by Green and longtime band member and collaborator Matt Kelly, the 12 songs that comprise The Love Still Held Me Near follow the most difficult period in Green’s life, including the tragic loss of his best friend and longtime engineer Karl Bareham in 2019. Mixed by three-time Grammy-winner Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse, Shania Twain and others), the album features Green’s voice louder than ever before, supported by arrangements that are at once delicate and nuanced but also enormously powerful.
There are physical variants available for pre-order here, alongside curated The Love Still Held Me Near merchandise. Each vinyl variant is a 2×12” widespine jacket with spot gold foil gloss and two die cut printed inserts.
City and Colour has amassed a legion of passionate fans worldwide who connect with the depth and intimacy of Green’s songs. The Love Still Held Me Near finds the songwriter revealing more of himself amidst new textures, arrangements and soundscapes not previously heard on City and Colour albums. While it was born out of navigating a trying time, it is an album of hope, redemption and inspiration, taking a trip from the emotional depths through the other side and finding a way to, as the closing track says, “Begin Again”.
Art by: Kit King
The Love That Held Me Near Tracklist
- Meant to Be
- Fucked it Up
- The Love Still Held Me Near
- A Little Mercy
- Things We Choose to Care About
- After Disaster
- Without Warning
- Hard, Hard Time
- The Water is Coming
- Bow Down to Love
- Begin Again
2023 City and Colour Tour Dates
May 3 – Grand Rapids, MI – GLC Live at 20 Monroe
May 5 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
May 6 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 7 – Chesterfield, MO – The Factory
May 9 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
May 10 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
May 12 – Columbus, OH – KEMBA Live! – Indoor Music Hall
May 13 – Richmond, VA – The National
May 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
May 16 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
May 17 – Boston, MA – Roadrunner
May 19 – New York, NY – The Beacon Theatre
May 20 – Portland, ME – State Theater
May 21 – Ithaca, NY – State Theatre
Jun 23 – Sarnia, ON – Bluewater BorderFest Music Festival
Jun 30 – Arras, France – Citadelle d’Arras
Jul 6 – Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool Festival 2023
Jul 7 – Oeiras, Portugal – NOS Alive 2023
Aug 25 – Toronto, Ontario – Budweiser Stage
Sep 16 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond 2023
Photo Credit: Vanessa Heins
About City and Colour
Over the course of seven studio albums, Dallas Green has compiled a canon ripe with songs born of adoration and devotion amassing a legion of fans worldwide and garnering him 4 JUNOs, including 2 Songwriter of the Year awards, plus 1 Triple Platinum, 2 Double Platinum, 1 Platinum, and 1 Gold certification at home in Canada. Alongside these accomplishments, Green has been awarded Platinum-certification for all four of Alexisonfire’s full-length records.
City and Colour’s last studio album A Pill For Loneliness – released on Green’s Still Records, an imprint of Dine Alone Records – debuted at #1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums Chart, his 4th consecutive chart-topper in Canada. His previous #1 LP If I Should Go Before You made serious waves internationally debuting at #16 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart and #5 in Australia where Green’s LP Little Hell was certified GOLD. In 2014, Green collaborated with international superstar Alecia Moore (aka P!nk) on a new project titled You+Me. The duo’s acclaimed Platinum-certified first record, rose ave., debuted at #4 on the U.S. Top 200 Chart, #1 in Canada, #2 in Australia culminating in memorable performances on The Ellen Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Green was personally invited by Alice in Chains to perform alongside Metallica, Korn, members of Soundgarden, Jane’s Addiction, Nirvana and other legendary artists when the Seattle quartet were honoured as the recipients of the 2020 Founder’s Award from the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop). In 2022, Green was honoured with the SOCAN National Achievement Award at the JUNO Awards in recognition of his philanthropic contributions to music education in Canada.