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City and Colour / Attack in Black: live in New Yorklive in New York (2008)
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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I happened to log on to the Knitting Factory's website Wednesday to check a show listing for a future date, only to see that Attack in Black were playing that night. Holy shit! This is a band who put out, easily, one of my favo(u)rite albums of 2007 and rarely play the U.S. In fact, I'd find out lat.
I happened to log on to the Knitting Factory's website Wednesday to check a show listing for a future date, only to see that Attack in Black were playing that night. Holy shit! This is a band who put out, easily, one of my favo(u)rite albums of 2007 and rarely play the U.S. In fact, I'd find out later that the band had played maybe three shows in the U.S. ever prior to this one -- a few in Texas (presumably South by Southwest) and one in Rochester. After some pestering phone calls, I managed to finagle my way into a really, really sold out show that was headlined by City and Colour.
For the most part, the first half he played with a full band -- just a rhythm section accompaniment, really -- and went solo the second. As expected, the crowd was very receptive, often singing along in unison with Green. From my vantage point I couldn't really see that dedicated fanbase, but their choral participation seemed to be accompanied by a relaxed, astute stance. Fangirl screams and "OMG!" attitudes were at a thankful premium despite the predominantly teenage girl makeup of the crowd. They also seemed to appreciate the "really fun version" of "Waiting...," as was promised beforehand. Green's banter was cordial and honest, and he seemed pleased when he mentioned this was his first sold out show in the U.S.
Honestly, Green may have played an encore, but we left after "Boiled Frogs." It seemed like that would be the case, though.
Overall, Attack in Black delivered nearly exactly what I envisioned, even if I'd prefer to experience such a thing with a few fellow fans. I'm still a little confounded that City and Colour managed to pack out a decently sized venue in a city where Mae was playing a show the same night, but I was slightly less bored than expected and he may have convinced me I at least have a new comfort album to fall asleep to.
Set list (9:00ish-10:06, not counting potential encore):
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