Dashboard Confessional

Biography

Members: Chris Carrabba, John Lefler, Scott Shoenbeck, Mike Marsh

Active: 2000-present

HISTORY

Dashboard Confessional was started in 1999, as a side project from Carrabba\'s venture with Florida punk band Further Seems Forever. The name Dashboard Confessional is derived from one of his songs, \"The Sharp Hint of New Tears,\" which contains the line \"On the way home/This car hears my confessions.\" Contrary to popular belief, the name Dashboard Confessional refers only to Carrabba, as he originally intended it to be only a solo project. Addressing this misunderstanding, he challenged: \"What rulebook says it has to be called your name if you\'re one guy?\" But Carrabba often brought along friends to play live shows with him, and in 2002 he decided to make the current line-up a permanent one.

The current line-up includes Carrabba (vocals, guitar), John Lefler (guitar), Scott Shoenbeck (bass), and Mike Marsh (drums). As of 2005, they have released three EPs and four full-length albums, three of which have been certified gold by the RIAA.

In May of 2005, Dashboard Confessional entered the studio to record their fifth album with Daniel Lanois. Lanois has co-produced the landmark albums So (Peter Gabriel), and The Joshua Tree (U2). \"Don\'t Wait\" is said to be the first single from the new album Dusk & Summer, which is currently set to be released on June 27, 2006. Following the release of Dusk & Summer, Dashboard Confessional will embark on a summer tour of the United States with special guests Say Anything and Ben Lee

LIVE SHOWS

Dashboard Confessional shows are known for their intimate atmosphere and enthusiastic participation from the crowds. Carrabba encourages the audience to sing large portions of the songs, stepping back from the mic and letting the crowd\'s voices be heard instead of his. This can be heard on numerous songs from the MTV Unplugged recording. Carrabba has said that this fosters a bond between concert-goers, and helps him and the audience connect on an emotional level, making all his shows intimate, personal experiences.

ALBUMS

2000 - The Swiss Army Romance
2001 - The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most
2002 - MTV Unplugged 2.0
2003 - A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar
2006 - Dusk & Summer

EP\'S

2001 - The Drowning EP
2001 - So Impossible
2002 - Summer\'s Kiss

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