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Dashboard Confessional

Dashboard Confessional (often referred to as simply Dashboard) is an American emo 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 their debut album The Swiss Army Romance.

Boca Raton, Florida (2000 – present)

Dashboard Confessional was an emo group started in 2000, by Chris Carrabba in Boca Raton, Florida, as a side project from his band Further Seems Forever.

Chris recorded his first album, The Swiss Army Romance, in 2000. The following year, he recorded Further Seems Forever’s debut album The Moon Is Down. However, he left the band soon after the album’s release, instead recording and releasing his sophomore album The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most, as well as a follow-up EP titled So Impossible.

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 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 coveted 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. The song was featured on the soundtrack and played over the film’s end credits.


John Ralston, Mike Stroud, Susan Sherouse, Dan Bonebrake, and Andrew Marshall all used to be in the band.
They won the MTV2 award at 2002's MTV Video Music Awards for their song Screaming Infidelities.
When the band began, it was only Chris Cabarra singing and playing guitar. The other members were added later.
They invited fans to create videos for their song Thick as Thieves.
At one of their concerts, Chris began freestyling during one of the songs. The next day, the band started requesting recordings over it.
The band actually supports people recording their performances.
Their live shows are known to get the crowd highly involved. Chris often lets the audience sings large parts of songs.
In 2007, they released the CD The Shade of Poison Trees.
Their first single to make any chart was "Screaming Infidelities" which got to 22nd on the Modern Rock Tracks.
They covered the song "Jamie" for the 2002 "Rock Music: A Tribute to Weezer" special.
"AOL Sessions EP" and I-Tunes exclusive was released in 2006.
"Summer's Kiss" was their 3rd EP, releasing in 2002.
They released two EPs in the year 2001, "The Drowning EP" and "So Impossible."
"Don't Wait" (2006) and "Hands Down" (2003) were their only singles to get onto three different charts. "Don't Wait" got to 80th in the Hot 100, 64th in the Hot 100 and 17 in the Modern Rock Tracks. "Hands Down" made it to 8th in the MRT, 3rd in the World Jazz top 20 and 11th in the World Modern Rock Top 30 singles.
"Vindicated" was their highest rated single, getting up to second in the "Modern Rock Tracks" chart, in 2004.
"Dusk and Summer" was released in 2006, and climbed as high as 2nd in the "Hot 200" chart, which is tied for the highest they have gotten with "A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar."
"A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar" was their 4th album, and their second to go gold, the first being 2001's "The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most."
In 2002 they came out with their 3rd album, "MTV 2.0," their only platinum album to date.
Their second album came out in 2001, entitled "The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most."
Their first album was 2000's "Swiss Army Romance."
They are made up of Guitarist and Vocalist Chris Carrabba, Guitarist John Lefler, Bassist Scott Shoenbeck and Drummer Mike Marsh.
They have appeared on soundtracks such as "Shrek 2" and "Spider-Man 2."
They won the MTV2 award at the 2002 MTV Music Video Awards for their song "Screaming Infidelities."
Dashboard Confessional began in Boca Raton, Florida

 

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