Dashboard Confessional is an acoustic rock band from Florida. Some fans simply refer to the band as “Dashboard,” but their original name came from the song “The Sharp Hint of New Tears,” from their debut album The Swiss Army Romance. Many have described the band’s sound as a mix of indie, emo and acoustic rock.
The Swiss Army Romance album was originally a solo side project of Chris Carrabba, who was, at the time, in a band called Further Seems Forever. It was released in 2000 and was considered the first official recording of Dashboard Confessional. The year after, Carrabba recorded and released another album with Further Seems Forever, though Carrabba left shortly after.
Once out on his own, he released a second solo album called The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most, and a follow-up album called So Impossible. Both albums were released under the name Dashboard Confessional. In 2002, three more people joined the band. One of the new members included former Further Seems Forever band mate Jerry Castellanos. Together, the four members of Dashboard Confessional began the process of recording their next album.
Because of the success that followed Carrabba’s second album release, he was asked to perform on MTV Unplugged, and the live release that came from that was the first time many of those songs were performed by a full band. From here, success began rolling in.
Later in 2002, the music video put out for “Screaming Infidelities” won the MTV2 award at the MTV Video Music Awards. That year, Dashboard Confessional beat out many popular artists such as The Strokes, The Hives, Norah Jones, and Nappy Roots.
In 2003, A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar, the band’s third album, was released. It peaked at #2 on the United States Billboard charts, and quickly became the band’s most popular album up until that point. That fall, the band toured with Brand New.
2004 marked the summer when Dashboard Confessional recorded their well-known song “Vindicated,” which was included in the film Spider-Man 2. This brought them a whole new group of fans, and propelled their popularity into unforeseen territory for their release of Dusk and Summer. They continued to enjoy the success of their music as this fourth album took off and they began touring again with popular bands such as Say Anything and their old tour-mate Brand New.
In 2007, the band released The Shade of Poison Trees, a follow-up album to Dusk and Summer. This album turned back to the original sounds introduced by Carrabba in the band’s first albums. Fans were glad to have a rebirth of the acoustic harmonies.
After many more albums, multiple tours, and benefit concerts, Dashboard Confessional find themselves a beloved and popular figure in the music scene. Fans most recently have enjoyed the 2010 rerelease of Dashboard Confessional’s album The Swiss Army Romance. Remastered and created as a collector’s edition, fans eagerly bought the album that started, for many of them, the love affair with one of their favorite bands.