Dashboard Confessional

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Dashboard Confessional
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Dashboard Confessional performing at Carling Leeds Festival in 2006
Background information
OriginBoca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Years active
  • 1999–2011
  • 2015–present
Past members

Dashboard Confessional is an American rock band from Boca Raton, Florida, led by singer Chris Carrabba.[1] The name of the band is derived from the song "The Sharp Hint of New Tears" off their debut album, The Swiss Army Romance.


Early history (1999–2002)[edit]

Dashboard Confessional's first recording was the 2000 album The Swiss Army Romance, initially a solo side project of Chris Carrabba while he was in the band Further Seems Forever. The following year, Further Seems Forever, with Chris Carrabba, recorded its debut album, The Moon Is Down. Carrabba left the band before the album was released[2] to record and release his second solo album, The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most, and a follow-up EP, So Impossible; both were released under the name Dashboard Confessional.

By 2002, three other musicians had joined Dashboard Confessional. After the success of his second album, Carrabba was asked to perform on MTV Unplugged, and the subsequent live release marked the first time many of the songs were recorded with a full band. Also in 2002, the music video for "Screaming Infidelities" won the MTV2 award at the MTV Video Music Awards, beating out Norah Jones, The Strokes, The Hives, Nappy Roots, and Musiq.[3][4] This video starred Carrabba in both the performance and the storyline. The video was directed by Maureen Egan and Matthew Barry.[5][6]

A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar (2003–2005)[edit]

In 2003, Dashboard Confessional released its third album, A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar. Peaking at No. 2 on the United States Billboard charts, the album proved to be the band's most commercially viable album yet. In the fall of 2003, Dashboard Confessional toured with Brand New.[7][8][9]

In the summer of 2004, Dashboard Confessional recorded the song "Vindicated" for the film Spider-Man 2. It was featured on the soundtrack and played over the film's end credits.[10][11][12][13] Due to such usage, the band gained a sizable audience for their next release the following summer, Dusk and Summer. "Vindicated" was not, however, released on A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar but was included on most versions and deluxe edition versions of Dusk and Summer.[14]

Dusk and Summer (2005–2006)[edit]

In May 2005, Dashboard Confessional entered the studio to record their fourth album with producer Daniel Lanois. The album, Dusk and Summer, was released on June 27, 2006; its first single was "Don't Wait". Following the release of Dusk and Summer, Dashboard Confessional went on a summer tour of the U.S. with special guests Say Anything and Ben Lee,[15] followed by co-headlining an arena tour with Brand New.[8]

The Shade of Poison Trees (2007–2009)[edit]

In 2007, Dashboard Confessional released its follow-up to Dusk and Summer, The Shade of Poison Trees. Unlike its predecessor, this album reflects back on the earlier influence of Carrabba's acoustic harmonies from The Swiss Army Romance and The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most.

Alter the Ending, The Swiss Army Romance re-release (2009–2010)[edit]

Dashboard Confessional began recording their sixth studio album, Alter the Ending, in 2008. Carrabba stated that the album could have turned into a concept album:

"...only with the last three has it become, like, 'All right, these have a continuity, and there's something going on,' so I'm excited to see where that leads."[16]

On February 14, 2009, as a special Valentine's Day gift to fans, Carrabba released a free download on his MySpace page entitled "Even Now (Acoustic Version)" from their forthcoming studio album.[17] In June 2009, the band began "sequencing the album," suggesting that the upcoming album was close to completion.

In August 2009, Dashboard Confessional contributed a song to the motion picture soundtrack for the dark comedy film Jennifer's Body, titled "Finishing School."[18] It was not featured on Alter the Ending.

On September 10, 2009, Chris Carrabba confirmed on his Twitter page that the 12-song album would be released on November 10, 2009. It was found out that the album would be released on two discs, the first of which consisted of the full-band version of the album and the second consisted of the acoustic version. In addition, Carrabba stated that Dashboard Confessional would be touring with New Found Glory and Never Shout Never in the near future.[19][20] On October 30, 2009, however, Carrabba announced via Twitter and Facebook that, due to a last-minute family emergency, the band would be cancelling their Alter the Ending tour with New Found Glory and Never Shout Never with the exception of a November 7 concert with the Louisville Orchestra. Although the longer tour with New Found Glory and Never Shout Never was cancelled, Carrabba announced on his website on November 10, 2009, that he and John Lefler would begin a 13-date acoustic tour with New Found Glory (who played acoustic sets as well) on November 30, 2009.

Dashboard Confessional performed as the opening act for the Bon Jovi Circle Tour in 2010.[21][22] On July 31, 2010, Carrabba performed at the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado for the second annual Love Hope Strength Foundation and Health ONE Pikes Peak Rocks benefit, honoring cancer survivors and raising money and awareness for research and treatment.[23]

On October 4, 2010, it was announced that Dashboard Confessional's first album, The Swiss Army Romance, would be re-released as a deluxe vinyl album on November 16.[24] The limited edition box set (only 1,000 copies available) included remastered versions of the album's track listing, extended artwork, handwritten lyrics, unreleased photos, guitar picks, and a commemorative tour laminate, all encased in an intricate Swiss army knife case.[24] The day after the release, Carrabba embarked on a solo tour playing The Swiss Army Romance in its entirety for the tenth anniversary of the release of the album.[25][24] On December 1, it was announced that Chris Conley of Saves the Day was added to the tour as main support for the West Coast dates. Three-piece band Lady Danville joined them as well.

Other pursuits, Crooked Shadows (2011–2018)[edit]

After the release of Alter the Ending, Chris Carrabba spent the next few years pursuing many different avenues. In 2011, Chris released Covered in the Flood, a solo album containing covers of other artists. Chris spent the subsequent years touring, working on some of his side musical projects, collaborating with other bands and exploring other creative pursuits such as painting and designing clothes.[26]

In an interview with MTV News on October 6, 2017, Chris Carrabba announced that Dashboard Confessional's seventh studio album was in the works.[27] On November 15, it was announced that the group's next album, Crooked Shadows, would be released on February 9, 2018,[28] through Fueled by Ramen.[29]

Re-releases, 20th anniversary (2019–2020)[edit]

In 2019 Dashboard Confessional released re-recordings of Dusk and Summer, Alter the Ending, and A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar under a triple LP titled Now Is Then Is Now.[30]

In 2020, Carrabba and his band started a 20th anniversary tour celebrating the band's beginning. The band in the anniversary tour played selected songs from the albums The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most and A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar. On January 31, 2020, a greatest hits album was released as part of the 20th anniversary titled The Best Ones of the Best Ones.[31] The anniversary tour was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[32]

Lonely Hearts & Lovers Valentine's Day Streams (2021–2022)[edit]

Following Carrabba's recovery from a major motorcycle accident in 2020, Dashboard Confessional released a pre-recorded stream show titled Lonely Hearts & Lovers on February 14, 2021. They played a 19-song set, shot in Riverside Revival Church in Nashville, Tennessee, in 4K ultra HD.[33] In February 2022, another Valentine's stream was announced. This show was shot in gardens in Southern California, and they played 12 songs.[34]

All The Truth That I Can Tell (2022–present)[edit]

In February 2022 Dashboard Confessional released their ninth studio album, All The Truth That I Can Tell.[35] Dashboard Confessional and Jimmy Eat World began their 'Surviving the Truth Tour' on February 27, 2022.[36] In early April 2022, Dashboard Confessional announced the Hello Gone Days co-headlining tour with Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, to kick off on July 31 and last through September 7. Opening acts included Cartel, The Juliana Theory, and Armor for Sleep.[37] Former member John Lefler filled in for Armon Jay for the Dallas show of the tour.

Musical style and influences[edit]

Dashboard Confessional's style is emo[38][39][40][41] that takes the sound of alternative rock,[42] indie rock[39] and acoustic rock.[41] Dashboard Confessional's influences include Weezer, The Cure, Jawbreaker, R.E.M., Operation Ivy, the Smiths, Counting Crows, Morrissey, Paul Simon, Steve Earle, Sick of It All, Green Day, Elvis Costello, The Promise Ring, Sunny Day Real Estate, Mineral, Fugazi, Minor Threat, Descendents, Guy Clark, and The Beach Boys.[43][44]




Studio albums


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  2. ^ "Further Seems Forever: A Tale of Three Singers (S1 Ep1)". Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  3. ^ Wilcha, Kristin (September 6, 2002). "SuperMega/Palomar and FM Rocks Top MTV Awards". SHOOTonline. DCA Business Media LLC. Archived from the original on April 13, 2016.
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  7. ^ Cocoran, James (October 6, 2003). "Brand New gives the teenage girls tremors; Dashboard goes unnoticed". The Chicago Maroon.
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