Dallas Green of City and Colour has unveiled the second cut from his forthcoming untitled album due this fall, a heady single titled “Strangers.”
The song is a confident return to City and Colour’s poppier side, territory Green put on the back-burner to release the album’s hymn-like first cut “Astronauts” earlier this month. Green, whose discography is overwhelmingly composed of stripped-down acoustic ballads, now wrangles with fuzzy, reverberating electric guitars and weighty percussion—momentarily reinventing his sound to fit a more stadium-rock-ready mold.
“‘ Strangers’ is about how you will never truly know another human being,” Green said of the track in a statement. “You’ll never really understand what it’s like to be inside someone else’s brain or heart. So, we need to appreciate the differences. If we do, maybe we can live better with one another.”
City and Colour is preparing to embark on a North American tour in November and is partnering with PLUS1 for all tour dates. $1 from every ticket sold in the U.S. will be donated to Crisis Text Line, and $1 from every ticket in Canada will be donated and shared by MusiCounts and Indspire.
The musician will make special stops in Nashville, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston and New York to play back-to-back nights in two different formats, performing one night as a stripped-down solo act and another with a full touring band.
The release date of City and Colour’s sixth album has yet to be announced, but it’s set to arrive sometime this fall via Green’s newly minted Dine Alone Records imprint, Still Records.
Check out the new single and accompanying artwork below, and find Green’s 2012 performance at the Paste Ruins at Newport Folk Festival and upcoming tour dates further down.
“Strangers” Single Artwork:
City and Colour Tour Dates:
27 – Lansing, Mich. @ Common Ground Festival (Solo)
29 – Peterborough, Ontario @ Peterborough Musicfest (Solo)
03 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
04 – Saint John, New Brunswick @ Area 506 Festival
05 – St. John’s, Labrador @ George Street Music Festival
17 – Elora, Ontario @ Riverfest
20 – Tacoma, Wash. @ WAMU Theatre (w/ ALICE IN CHAINS)
09 – Nashville, Tenn. @ The Basement East #
10 – Nashville, Tenn. @ James K. Polk Theater (Solo) *
14 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Palace of Fine Arts (Solo) *
15 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore #
16 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Ace Hotel (Solo) *
17 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Fonda Theatre #
21 – Boston, Mass. @ Royale #
22 – Boston, Mass. @ Berklee Performance Center (Solo) *
24 – New York City, N.Y. @ Webster Hall #
25 – New York City, N.Y. @ Town Hall (Solo) *
08 – Victoria, British Columbia @ Save On Foods Memorial Centre ^
09 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Pacific Coliseum ^
10 – Kelowna, British Columbia @ Prospera Place ^
12 – Calgary, Alberta @ Scotiabank Saddledome ^
13 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Rogers Place ^
15 – Regina, Saskatchewan @ Brandt Centre ^
16 – Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Bell MTS Centre ^
19 – Sudbury, Ontario @ Sudbury Arena ^
22 – Toronto, Ontario @ Scotiabank Arena ^
25 – Ottawa, Ontario @ Canadian Tire Centre ^
26 – Kingston, Ontario @ Leon’s Centre ^
29 – Halifax, Nova Scotia @ Scotiabank Centre ^
(* = w/ Ben Rogers)
(# = w/ Ruby Waters)
(^ = w/ Jacob Banks and Ben Rogers)