mardi, mars 21, 2006

Dashboard Confessional

Dashboard Spin Emo Into Arena Rock

Chris Carrabba's lusher sounds inspired by time in Jamaica

Chris Carrabba Photo

Finding island life not so scarring

For the follow-up to 2003's A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar, Dashboard frontman Chris Carrabba flew to Jamaica to work with producer Daniel Lanois (Bob Dylan, U2).

"We'd discuss songs on a picnic table overlooking the ocean and then go out swimming," says Carrabba. Recorded mostly on breaks from touring, the new disc pumps up Dashboard's emo sound to arena-rock proportions. The single "Don't Wait" spotlights Carrabba's gorgeous tenor, incorporating layers of guitar and backing vocals for an uncharacteristically lush sound.

"I walked offstage and wrote the song," says Carrabba. "So I was really drawing on that energy." One of the singer's favorite tracks, "Heaven Here," wasn't originally intended for the album. "I make all kinds of music just for myself," says Carrabba. "Daniel got his hands on some of it, and he just flipped out and goaded me into writing lyrics. Within ten minutes it was a real song you could sink your teeth into."

Dashboard Confessional
kick off a college tour this Friday. Their as-yet-untitled new album is expected to hit stores in late May.

Dashboard Confessional tour dates:

3/24: Worcester, MA, Assumption College
3/25: Latrobe, PA, Carey Center at St. Vincent College
3/27: Russellville, AR, Arkansas Tech
4/7: Wilkes Barre, PA, Kingston Armory
4/19: Oshkosh, WI, University of Wisconsin
4/22: University Center, MI, Ryder Center at Saginaw Valley State
4/23: Peoria, IL, Bradley University
4/30: Albany, NY, Pepsi Arena
5/7: Amherst, MA, Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts

LAUREN GITLIN @ Rolling Stone

Posted Mar 20, 2006 1:03 PM