|Origin:||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
|Genre:||Emo, acoustic rock, alternative rock|
|Label:||DGC, Vagrant, Fiddler|
|Associated Acts:||Further Seems Forever, Vacant Andys, The Enablers|
|Current Members:||Chris Carrabba|
|Past Members:||Dan Bonebrake|
Dashboard Confessional (often referred to as simply Dashboard) is an American emo/acoustic band from Boca Raton, Florida, led by singer-songwriter Chris Carrabba. The name of the band is derived from the song "The Sharp Hint of New Tears" from the debut album The Swiss Army Romance.
The following year, Further Seems Forever, with Carrabba, recorded and released its debut album, The Moon Is Down. Carrabba soon thereafter left the band 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 the band, including former Further Seems Forever band mate Jerry Castellanos, and started the process of recording the band's next album. 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. This video starred Chris in both the performance and the storyline. The video was directed by Maureen Egan and Matthew Barry.
In 2003, the band released its third album, A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar. Peaking at #2 on the United States Billboard charts, the album proved to be the band's most commercially-viable album yet.
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. 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.
In May 2005, Dashboard Confessional entered the studio to record their fourth album with acclaimed producer Daniel Lanois. The album 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, followed by co-headlining an arena tour with alternative rock band Brand New.
In 2007, the band 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.
The band 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".
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.
In June, 2009, the band began "sequencing the album", suggesting that the upcoming album was close to completion.
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 2 discs, the first of which consisting of the full-band version of the album and the second consisting 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.  On October 30, 2009, however, Chris 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 November 7 with the Louisville Orchestra; although the longer tour with New Found Glory and Never Shout Never was cancelled, Chris announced on his website on November 10, 2009 that he and John will begin a 13-date acoustic tour with New Found Glory (who will be playing an acoustic set as well) on November 30, 2009.
The band has been performing as the opening act for the Bon Jovi Circle Tour in 2010.
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.
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. The limited edition box set (only 1,000 available) included remastered versions of the album's track listing, extended artwork, handwritten lyrics, unreleased photos, guitar picks, a commemorative tour laminate, all encased in an intricate Swiss army knife case.
The day after the release, Chris embarked on a solo tour playing Swiss Army Romance in its entirety for the tenth anniversary of the release of the album. 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. 3 piece band Lady Danville joined them as well.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|The Swiss Army Romance||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most||108||—||5||—||—||—||—|
|A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar||2||—||1||—||—||—||93|
|Dusk and Summer||2||1||—||22||6||52||91|
|The Shade of Poison Trees||18||6||1||—||—||—||173|
|Alter the Ending||19||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2002||"Screaming Infidelities"||—||—||22||—||—||—||—||—||The Places You Have|
Come to Fear the Most
|"Saints and Sailors"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003||"Hands Down"||—||—||8||—||—||93||—||60||A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar|
|2004||"Rapid Hope Loss"||—||—||37||—||—||—||—||75|
|"Vindicated"||—||31||2||—||46||—||23||—||Spider-Man 2 (soundtrack)|
|2006||"Don't Wait"||80||—||17||—||—||—||—||68||Dusk and Summer|
|"Rooftops and Invitations"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008||"Thick as Thieves"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||The Shade of Poison Trees|
|2009||"Belle of the Boulevard"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Alter the Ending|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2001||The Drowning EP|
|2001||So Impossible EP|
|2006||AOL Sessions EP (iTunes Exclusive)|
|2010||Swiss Army Bro-Mance (Split EP with New Found Glory)|