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Review: City and Colour, The Low Anthem

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Dallas Green of City and Colour. - SUBMITTED PHOTO

City and Colour, The Low Anthem
Egyptian Room at Old National Center

Indianapolis was lucky to have two incredible bands perform at the Old National Centre on Wednesday: Rhode Island's The Low Anthem, and Dallas Green, who performs under the name City and Colour, from Ontario.

The evening of music began around 7:30 with The Low Anthem. While most opening bands get things going, stir the crowd a bit, and maybe entice people to jot down their name, The Low Anthem played like a headliner. In fact, when given the two bands, I wasn't quite sure who was opening for whom. The Low Anthem is poetry. They jumped from old stuff to their newest album, Smart Flesh. Their songs can make you ache and jive at once. "Boeing 737" is such an anthem of anger and hope. "This God Damn House" sums up what happens when people live together. These are master musicians who dance with their instruments and create sounds listeners just haven't heard before.

City and Colour took the stage around 8:45, opening with "We Found Each Other in the Dark." The crowd was instantly sold. The band didn't interact with the audience at all until three or four songs into their set, and even then, they just seemed to be doing their thing. But their thing was pretty great. "Grand Optimist," a rocking song with percussion you can't help but move around to, also arrived fairly early in the set.

Towards the end of the night, the band performed a call and response version of "What Makes a Man." At first it didn't seem like the audience was going to be able to pull it off, but by the end, the room was echoing that song in a way that did it justice. "The Girl" is a song that starts out slow and sort of transitions into a remix version of itself with a much more upbeat second half. Even though the show was sold out, it seemed like a private club - some secret event that everyone just happened upon.

Listen to "Fragile Bird" by City and Colour:

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